Release Date: April 14, 2021
BUFFALO, N.Y. — AACSB International has once again granted the University at Buffalo School of Management extension of its accreditation. Earned by less than 5% of B-schools, AACSB accreditation is considered the hallmark of excellence in business education.
The UB School of Management has been continuously accredited by AACSB International since 1930. Accreditation review is conducted every five years and includes all of the school’s undergraduate, master’s and doctoral business and accounting programs. Dual accreditation in business and accounting has been earned by only the top 1.5% of programs.
In their report to the AACSB accreditation board, the peer review team lauded the school for its impressive strategic direction; the strength of its faculty scholarship and engagement; and a strong international footprint and rapidly expanding global programming. New programs highlighted included a BS in information technology and management, an MS in business analytics and such new minors as entrepreneurship and data analytics.
The team also commended the school for providing students with significant opportunities to engage with businesses and the community through innovative experiential learning programs like the Terese Kelly Investment Group, LeaderCORE™, Nonprofit Board Fellows, Corporate Champions and activities generated by the Career Resource Center.
Other initiatives with high-quality outcomes noted by the review team included the school’s social innovation programs, the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and the Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness.
“We strive for excellence in all of our programs, and it’s gratifying to see our efforts recognized by this prestigious accreditation,” said Paul Tesluk, professor and dean of the UB School of Management. “This is truly a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff, and the dedication of our alumni.”
A number of other business schools worldwide completed reviews and extended their accreditation in the same period as UB.
“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”
The school will undergo its next accreditation review in 2025-26.