Robins School of Business maintains AACSB accreditation for business and accounting

April 10, 2013

The Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond has maintained accreditation of its business and accounting programs by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

AACSB conducts periodic reviews of schools that previously earned accreditation to ensure they meet the organization’s stringent standards. The Robins School was first accredited in 1980. Fewer than five percent of the world's degree-granting business programs are accredited by AACSB.

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. The global, nonprofit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities seeks to advance the quality of management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership and value-added services.

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

The Robins School is the country’s only fully accredited top-tier undergraduate business school that also is part of a top-tier liberal arts university. Bloomberg Businessweek recently ranked the school No. 17 overall on its 2013 list of America’s best undergraduate business programs, as well as No. 2 for academic quality. It is the eighth year running that the school ranked in the top 25.

“The faculty and I are pleased that we have once more achieved the maintenance of that accreditation,” said Robins School Dean Nancy N. Bagranoff. “We are also delighted that the association and our Peer Review Team members recognized the high quality of our students, faculty, staff and facilities and were impressed by our culture of engagement.”