About the Opus College of Business

About the Opus College of Business

The Path to Accreditation

The university committed to pursue AACSB accreditation in June 2000. Our application was accepted by the AACSB in July 2006. During the time between the decision to seek accreditation and the application, the college took a series of steps to prepare ourselves for the process.

  • 2001 Combined graduate and undergraduate business divisions, forming Opus College of Business
  • 2002 Named Christopher Puto dean of the College of Business
  • 2003 Launched the Full-time UST MBA program
  • 2005 In ceremony involving Best Buy founder Dick Schulze and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Schulze Hall was dedicated in downtown Minneapolis, serving the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship
  • 2006 Filed AACSB application

Between 2006 and 2010, the Opus College of Business continued its efforts to strengthen its curriculum and improve its facilities.

  • 2006 Opened McNeely Hall in St. Paul
  • 2007 Added 11 full-time faculty members
  • 2008 Continued hiring streak, adding 13 faculty members
    2008 Acceptance of AACSB plan, implemented over the course of two academic cycles
  • 2008 Gifted $50 million for business programs by anonymous donor
  • 2010 Full-time business faculty members added throughout decade totals 52
  • November 2010 Team of deans from AACSB-accredited schools visit
  • December 2010 Becomes first private university in Minnesota and the second university, public or private, in the Twin Cities to be AACSB accredited
  • April 2011 Accreditation will be formally recognized at the AACSB International conference and annual meeting in New York

Webcast: Our Path to AACSB Accreditation

On Friday, January 14, 2011, Dean Christopher Puto and John Fernandes, president and CEO of AACSB International, jointly presented a webcast about the college's path to accreditation.

Watch an archived version of this webcast now >> »