Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Trulaske College of Business Maintains Prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

The Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri 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 bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

Only 643 schools of business, or less than 5% worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. To maintain accreditation a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

"It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation," said Jerry Trapnell, vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. "Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of high-quality education to students."

Specifically, the Trulaske College of Business was credited by the AACSB for developing a number of innovative programs and certificates which provide unique educational opportunities to students including the Professional Development Program, Certificate in Sales and Customer Development Program, the Entrepreneurship Alliance, and the Cornell Leadership Program.

"Prestigious recognition by the AACSB is the result of the Trulaske College of Business legacy of rigorous instruction, top-notch faculty, and an innovative learning environment. We continue to build on this strong foundation, adding specific initiatives that ensure we are positioning students to meet unmet demand in the marketplace," said Joan Gabel, Dean of the college. "Our commitment to quality is pervasive and long-standing. Re-accreditation by the AACSB underscores our significant efforts."

The Trulaske College of Business achievement will be recognized later this month at the 2012 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.