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Duquesne University Maintains Prestigious AACSB International Business Accreditation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has reaffirmed the accreditation of the A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration and the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business through 2012-2013.  The official accreditation notice was received this week. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.

“Dean Alan R. Miciak has moved the school forward in all areas by emphasizing scholarship, promoting excellence and applying the University’s Spiritan and Catholic values to business education,” said Dr. Charles Dougherty, Duquesne University president. “The dean, the faculty and the staff of the school are to be congratulated for their dedication to providing students with critical skills that will allow them to successfully compete in the marketplace.” Dougherty added that Miciak’s experience as both a dean and faculty member at other academic institutions was key in the school’s rapid progress over the last four years.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving  global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.   To maintain accreditation a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

“It takes a great deal of self evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” said Jerry Trapnell, chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.  “Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of high-quality education to students.”

The School has achieved notable success under Miciak, who was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” in 2008 byTreasury & Risk Magazine.  Achievements include:

  • The Donahue Graduate School of Business was listed for the third year in a row in the 2009 edition of The Princeton Review's Best 296 Business Schools.
  • Dollars donated to the business school have increased by 137% since 2005, and the number of business school donors has increased by 81%.
  • The MBA program was ranked first in the world in schools of its size and eighth overall by The Aspen Institute for its emphasis on social and environmental issues.
  • Duquesne ranked highest in ethical business education—along with Georgetown and Notre Dame—in a recent survey of graduate business schools conducted by the Academy of Management Learning and Education, a well-regarded interdisciplinary management journal.  183 schools were surveyed.
  • The Donahue Graduate School of Business received the prestigious Page Prize for the best United States submission of an environmental sustainability curriculum. The Page Prize is a project of the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.  It is designed to encourage efforts to expose business students to state-of-the-art environmental sustainability knowledge.
  • The school is among the first 100 endorsers of the Principles for Responsible Management Education, a United Nations-backed initiative promoting environmental stewardship, human rights and fair trade practices in business education.

About AACSB International
AACSB International is an association of more than 1,100 educational institutions, business and other organizations in 70 countries that are dedicated to the advancement of management education worldwide.  In addition to service as the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at various locations around the world.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.