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Widener School of Business Administration Maintains Prestigious AACSB Accreditation

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Widener University's School of Business Administration has received an extension of its AACSB accreditation.

Chester, Pa. – Widener University's School of Business Administration has received an extension of its global accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the premier accrediting body for business education. AACSB's peer review team, comprised of three business school deans, recommended the extension this week.

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools. For over a century, AACSB accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education, and has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world's business schools. Today, 810 institutions across 53 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation.

"We are pleased to maintain the prestigious AACSB accreditation," said School of Business Administration Dean Jayati Ghosh. "The accreditation reinforces what we have long known – that Widener's School of Business Administration does an excellent job of preparing students for successful careers and leadership positions in business."

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor and peer-reviewed evaluation. During the multi-year path, schools focus on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB's accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

"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."

Widener's School of Business Administration prepares undergraduate and graduate students for thriving careers in business and hospitality management. The school provides opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience through the Widener Small Business Development Center and an extensive network of alumni and business partners who provide invaluable co-op, internship, and study abroad opportunities.

The school offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, business analytics, economics, finance, international business, management and marketing, as well as concentrations in general management, operations, human resources and sport management. There are also four graduate degrees offered: Master of Business Administration, Health Care Management Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Business Process Innovation, and Master of Science in Taxation & Financial Planning.

To learn more about the School of Business Administration, visit www.widener.edu/academics/schools/sba/default.aspx.

AACSB: As the world's largest business education alliance, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to more than 1,600 member organizations and more than 800 accredited business schools worldwide. With its global headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA; Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, AACSB's mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. For more information, visit aacsb.edu.

Widener University: Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/