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AACSB sealBlack Hills State University has earned international accreditation of its business administration, professional accountancy and MBA programs by recent action of the board of directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

BHSU joins an elite group of institutions that have achieved business accreditation from AACSB International. Only 694 schools of business, or less than 5 percent worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence.

According to www.aacsb.edu, AACSB-accredited schools have the highest-quality faculty, relevant and challenging curriculum, and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.

“This prestigious accreditation for our business programs is a testament to the high-quality, innovative academic programs and the dynamic learning community that exists throughout our campus,” BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp says. “Earning this esteemed accreditation, which is recognized throughout the nation and the world, brings additional recognition for BHSU and will also enhance employment opportunities for our graduates. I express my appreciation and thanks to all of the faculty and staff who have collaborated to achieve this accreditation.”

AACSB accreditation places the Black Hills State University School of Business among the best business schools in the world according to Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences.

“This recognition provides us with a competitive edge in the marketplace and demonstrates our collective long-term commitment to academic excellence,” says Romkema. “Earning AACSB accreditation demonstrates to students, parents, community leaders, and the public at large that the faculty and staff in the School of Business at BHSU are committed to delivering high-quality business programs.”

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

To achieve accreditation, BHSU’s business programs underwent a meticulous internal review and evaluation process. During this period, the School of Business developed and implemented a mission-driven plan to satisfy multiple standards relating to faculty qualifications, strategic management of resources, interactions with faculty and students, as well as commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. During the accreditation process, BHSU was visited by an external peer review team with detailed knowledge of management education.

To learn more visit www.BHSU.edu/AACSB.