Villanova School of Business Maintains Prestigious Accreditation

Villanova, PA., April 20, 2017 – The Villanova School of Business has maintained its accreditation in its Business and Accounting programs by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.  The Villanova School of Business is one of only 185 other business schools in the world to receive this specialized accreditation.

“This extension of accreditation is a true marker for the high-quality education VSB provides, and of the ongoing hard work of our entire community of faculty, staff and students” said Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of VSB.

In order to meet AACSB standards, collegiate business schools must demonstrate excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation, demonstrate student, faculty, and staff as active participants, emphasize learning, teaching, academic and professional engagement Since its founding in 1922, VSB has emphasized  creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens. AACSB accreditation is a recognition of Villanova School of Business commitment to its fundamental values.

“AACSB commends Villanova for their exemplary work in holding the highest honor in business school accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “During this peer-review process schools must demonstrate alignment with AACSB global accreditation standards, as well as how they encourage engagement, innovation, and impact across the communities they serve.”


As the world’s largest business education network connecting academe with business, AACSB provides business education intelligence, quality assurance, and professional development services to more than 1,500 member organizations across 97 countries and territories. Founded in 1916, AACSB Accreditation is the highest standard of quality in business education, with over 785 business schools accredited worldwide. AACSB’s global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, visit

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit

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