ERIE, Pa. — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has extended its accreditation of the Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend until 2028. The extension follows an intensive site visit and review by an AACSB Peer Review Team.
Fewer than 6% of all colleges and universities obtain AACSB accreditation. The process recognizes business schools that excel in learning and teaching, strategic management and innovation, academic and professional engagement, and active participation by students, faculty and staff.
“AACSB accreditation is widely regarded as the gold standard for excellence in business education,” said Ozgun Demirag, interim director of the Black School of Business and a professor of operations and supply chain management. “Being accredited by AACSB means that our curriculum meets the highest standards, our students learn from the best business minds and our graduates are equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience to achieve lifelong career success.”
The Black School of Business was first accredited by AACSB in 2003. To maintain accreditation, schools must undergo a rigorous continuous improvement review every five years.
“The extension of our AACSB accreditation reinforces our continued commitment to delivering excellence in business education, conducting high quality and impactful research and producing leaders who can positively shape the future in a sustainable, ethical and socially responsible manner,” Demirag said.
The Black School of Business is listed among the "Best Business Schools" for 2023, according to Princeton Review. Its business programs rank among the top 10% in the country for value, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce. To learn more about the school, visit the Black School of Business webpage.