Posted by Kara Kennedy on 2010-04-12
Earlier this week, AACSB International officially announced that Samford University’s Brock School of Business has successfully maintained its accreditation for its undergraduate, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Accountancy degree programs.

AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools.  AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools.

“Our reaffirmation of business accreditation is a testament to our faculty and staff who work tirelessly to help maintain the highest standards to ensure that we offer quality curricula to our students,” said Beck A. Taylor, dean of the Brock School of Business.

Achieving accreditation requires a process of rigorous internal and external review, and continuous improvement efforts in order to meet the 21 standards AACSB requires.  Some of those include: a high quality teaching environment, a commitment to continuous improvement, and curricula responsive to the needs of business.

Samford University Provost, J. Bradley Creed, added: “An accreditation review provides the opportunity for a school both to improve its academic program and also demonstrate the quality of its academic program.  This was a robust and rigorous multi-year process of preparation and planning, so the reaffirmation of accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a testament to the quality and high academic standards of the Brock School of Business.”
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.