St. Thomas snags international accreditation from AACSB

Monday, March 14, 2011

The University of St. Thomas became the first private school in Minnesota to receive accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Only about 5 percent of business schools in the world have received such accreditation.

The process started in 2006, when St. Thomas sent an application to the AASCB to be considered. The accreditation plan was accepted in 2008, and by the end of 2010 the school was informed that they had been accredited.

The accreditation affects a large swath of students. Of the school’s nearly 11,000 students, 36 percent are enrolled at the Opus College of Business.

St. Thomas decided to pursue the goal after the AACSB changed its accreditation to focus on student outcomes rather than school structure.

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Originally published: 03/14/2011, Downtown Journal