Howard University School of Business Maintains AACSB Accreditation

Last Updated on May 31, 2023

The Howard University School of Business students collaborating on a group project.
Photo courtesy of The Howard University School of Business.

The Howard University School of Business has maintained its business accreditation 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 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs. Today, there are 694 member institutions that hold AACSB Accreditation. Overall, 45 countries and territories are represented by AACSB-accredited schools. The Howard University School of Business was the first business school in Washington, DC to receive this prestigious accreditation.

“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.”

“This certification underscores the work that we do in the School of Business. It reaffirms that not only are we committed to producing global business leaders, but demonstrates to our competitors that an external organization endorses that we are indeed preparing and equipping our students to be competitive in the marketplace,” said Barron H. Harvey, PhD., Dean of the School of Business.

Associate Dean, Samuel Paschall, Esq., agreed by indicating, “AACSB-International has acknowledged the engagement of the School of Business faculty and their extensive commitment to continuous improvement in their pedagogy and praxis.”

The Howard University School of Business, as it is known today, was founded 43 years ago. The School of Business began originally as an institution of learning that trained students in the field of business in 1870, when the Board of Trustees of Howard University approved the establishment of a school of Commerce in conjunction with the Freedman's Saving Bank and Trust Company.

In 1970, the present-day Howard University School of Business was founded, with Milton Wilson, Ph.D. as dean. Since then, the School of Business has grown into one of the largest among schools and colleges within the University in terms of enrollment, and has firmly established its reputation of excellence in both the academic and business communities.

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