USF College of Business Earns Dual AACSB Accreditation

TAMPA, Fla. (June 17, 2008) – The board of directors of AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – reaffirmed accreditation for the University of South Florida College of Business today, a move that keeps the university on a list of just 169 institutions worldwide recognized for excellence in overall business and accounting programs.

Less than 10% of the estimated 10,000 business schools worldwide are accredited by this international organization, which evaluates programs based on a wide range of quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, quality of instruction and faculty qualification, and student achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

“We’re pleased that AACSB’s peer review team, which included colleagues who are well-versed in management education, has again recognized the quality programs offered at the USF College of Business,” said Judy Genshaft, president of the university. “USF is committed to providing the best education possible, and this accreditation is another indicator that we are accomplishing that."

To achieve accreditation, peer reviewers ensure that all programs meet widely-accepted standards related to management, faculty and student interaction, and student success. Consisting of business school deans and accounting educators, evaluators who are well-versed in business, higher education, and management education, the peer review team visited USF and carefully reviewed the business and accounting programs. The team also met with focus groups made up of students, faculty, and alumni of the university.

Visit http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/accreditedmembers.asp for a roster of accredited programs.

About AACSB International

AACSB International is an association of more than 1,100 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 70 countries that are dedicated to the advancement of business education worldwide. AACSB International is the longest serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

The University of South Florida’s College of Business is accredited by the AACSB and offers six master’s degree programs, including a part-time and weekend Executive MBA program.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The University offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The University has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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