Dominican University's Brennan School of Business Achieves Premier Accreditation

The Brennan School of Business at Dominican University has earned initial 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 offering 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 fewer than five percent of the world's business programs. Today, there are 694 business schools in 45 countries and territories that maintain AACSB accreditation.

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn 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.”

With AACSB accreditation, Dominican’s Brennan School of Business joins the ranks of other prestigious Chicago-area business schools, including Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business, DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and University of Illinois at Chicago’s Liataud Graduate School of Business.

“Our AACSB accreditation differentiates the Brennan School of Business from most other business schools at smaller Midwest universities,” said Dominican University President Donna M. Carroll. “At a university in which teaching is already a hallmark, the AACSB endorsement now communicates that Brennan provides the best of two academic worlds—teaching and research.”

Founded in 1977, the Brennan School of Business was named in 2006 in honor of Edward A. Brennan, former chairman and CEO of Sears, Roebuck and Co., and his wife Lois L. Brennan, a Dominican alumna. Today the Brennan School of Business is one of the leading small business programs in the Chicago metropolitan area with approximately 500 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of accounting, business, economics, and international business each year. The student body, with representatives from more than 30 countries, is diverse in business experience and cultural background.

“Attaining AACSB accreditation is a pivotal moment for the Brennan School of Business,” said Molly Burke, dean of the school. “Achieving this prestigious recognition has been a long and very deliberate journey. This accreditation not only benefits Dominican University but also the larger business community in which our students and alumni play leading roles.”

To learn more about the Brennan School of Business, visit www.business.dom.edu  To learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International Web site at: http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/



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