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School of Management is Re-Accredited with AACSB

Business school continues impressive history of achievement with AACSB

AACSB logoAfter an extensive review process, Clark University’s School of Management (SOM) has once again earned accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The recognition is one received by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools.

“We are honored to earn AACSB accreditation as one of the world’s best business schools,” said Dr. Alan Eisner, dean for the School of Management. “It is a great testament to our faculty and staff’s commitment to program quality, rigor, and improvement.”

Every five years, AACSB-accredited institutions undergo a review to earn an extension on their previous accreditation. Achieving accreditation involves a multi-year process of intense internal review, as well as a peer-review evaluation. AACSB requires schools to meet standards of excellence in areas relating to strategic management; teaching and learning; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; and professional and academic engagement.

carlson hallThe School of Management has an impressive history of achievement with AACSB, having been re-accredited since the school’s inception in 1982.  In 2020, AACSB recognized SOM’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ventures (I & E Ventures) in its Innovations That Inspire Challenge. I & E Ventures was selected as one of 25 examples of how business schools around the world are elevating entrepreneurship, supporting new business creation, and serving as “Catalysts for Innovation.” Back in 2012,  Clark alumnus Lawrence Landry ’71, MBA ’75, was recognized as one of the first 100 AACSB Influential Leaders.

This year, Clark’s SOM is among 25 business schools to have extended their accreditation in business. Notably, the School of Management was re-accredited under the most recent 2020 standards.

“Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development and student learning,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president, and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”

Within a small, supportive environment, SOM continues to offer an array of programs strengthened by its commitment to social innovation, responsible management, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to the MBA and specialized master’s degrees, its newest graduate degree programs include marketing analytics, accounting analytics, and talent management and human resources.

At the undergraduate level, the business school launched a bachelor’s in marketing, as well as track and concentration options in data analytics and actuarial finance.

SOM has been recognized repeatedly by The Princeton Review as a “Best Business School” and among the US News’ best MBA programs.  To learn more about Clark’s rankings and recognition, visit our website.

Meredith Galena
Communications Specialist
School of Management