Distinguished AACSB Accreditation Extended for the UCI Paul Merage School of Business

April 27, 2018 • By UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Following a rigorous review process, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), announced the UCI Paul Merage School of Business has received an extension of its distinguished AACSB accreditation. 

“This extension speaks highly of the hard work our faculty, staff, students and alumni have put forth to ensure our continued placement among the world’s most elite business schools,” said Eric Spangenberg, dean of the Merage School.

For over a century, AACSB Accreditation has been synonymous with the highest standards in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools. The organization was founded in 1916 and is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.  AACSB Accreditation is a hallmark of excellence and a coveted distinction that 810 institutions across 53 countries and territories worldwide have earned. 

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

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor, and peer-reviewed evaluation. During this multi-year path, schools focus on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.