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RMU School of Business Earns AACSB Accreditation
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Moon Township, Pa. - The Robert Morris University (RMU) School of Business has earned initial accreditation by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, joining only 5 percent of business schools worldwide to carry this prestigious recognition.
AACSB International is an association of educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations recognized worldwide as the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools and accounting programs. This highly coveted recognition represents the peak standard of achievement for business schools; only 560 business schools in the world have achieved AACSB accreditation, and only one-third of business schools in the United States.
"This is a great honor for the RMU School of Business," said Derya Jacobs, dean of the School of Business. "It shows how committed we are to meeting and exceeding the highest standards of business education."
RMU’s School of Business joins only three programs in Pittsburgh to achieve this credential: Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh.
"We warmly congratulate Robert Morris University and Dean Derya Jacobs and welcome them into the AACSB family of internationally accredited business schools," said John J. Fernandes, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. "AACSB accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution and its college of business. The dean, faculty and administrative staff of the RMU School of Business are to be commended for their dedication and commitment to continuous improvement, and for their role in earning initial accreditation."
To achieve accreditation, RMU’s business program had to undergo a meticulous internal review and evaluation process. During this six-year period, the school developed and implemented a mission-driven plan to satisfy 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, and interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.
A peer review team conducted an on-site evaluation at RMU in February. AACSB International voted on RMU’s application last month and has now officially announced the school’s accreditation.
The review team reported that RMU’s Board of Trustees, president and provost are strongly committed to "building and sustaining a high-quality business school." They recognized Jacobs’ outstanding leadership and the school’s "high quality and caring faculty," and they noted the school’s emphasis on communication and its strong relationship with the regional business community.
The team’s report singled out RMU’s focus on "professional development and active student engagement through internships, co-op experiences, and research projects." They were also pleased with the level of support given to students through the RMU Career Center and the Early Success Program.
"This only confirms what we at the university have known for a long time," said RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo. "When it comes to getting a solid, engaged business education, there’s really no better place than RMU."
The AACSB International accreditation completes the university’s goal under its strategic plan to have all of its professional programs of study accredited. Seventy-five percent of RMU students are enrolled in professionally accredited programs, and every program for which a discipline-specific accreditation exists has earned it. RMU also is accredited as an institution by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
"We couldn’t be happier with the AACSB’s findings," said Jacobs. "This entire process has been a wonderful learning experience that will help us continue to improve and provide high-quality programs and opportunities for our students."
To learn what some of the students in the School of Business think about RMU, watch the video below. To see an ad about the School of Business running currently in several local newspapers, click here. You'll learn a little about where our students go when they graduate.