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York College of PA’s Graham School of Business on path for AACSB accreditation

May 03, 2023
The Willman Business Center is home to the Graham School of Business.

York College of Pennsylvania’s Graham School of Business is on its way to Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Accreditation, as its eligibility application has been accepted by the AACSB International.

 AACSB accreditation is known worldwide as the longest-standing, most recognized form of specialized accreditation that an institution and its business programs can earn, according to its website. Accreditation is a voluntary, nongovernmental process that includes a rigorous external review of a school's mission, faculty qualifications, curricula, and ability to provide the highest-quality programs.

Achieving accreditation is a multi-year process of internal focus, engagement with an AACSB-assigned mentor, and peer-reviewed evaluation. Schools focus on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards, which 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.

Less than six percent of the world’s schools offering business degree programs hold this prestigious accreditation. Since AACSB is among the most rigorous accrediting agencies, graduates of AACSB-accredited schools are highly valued by potential employers.

“There is no better affirmation of the quality of education provided by a school of business anywhere in the world than AACSB accreditation,” said Dean of the Graham School of Business Nick Delener. “While it is a rigorous process, it provides reassurance that the faculty and staff of the school of business meet these exacting standards. On behalf of the Graham School, we look forward to this significant journey.”

“I am delighted that the Graham School of Business has been approved to start the AACSB accreditation process,” said Provost Patrice DiQuinzio. "Under the leadership of Dean Delener, the GSB faculty have worked hard to bring about this result. I'm confident that, just as they provide an excellent education for our students every day, they will develop an excellent plan and secure this important accreditation for York College.”