A webcast, “Our Path to AACSB Accreditation,” will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14.

The webcast will feature a discussion between Dr. Christopher Puto, dean of the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, and John Fernandes, president and CEO of AACSB International.

To register for the free webcast, go here.

As announced last week, St. Thomas became the first private university in Minnesota and the second university in the Twin Cities – public or private – to hold accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools hold AACSB accreditation, which is widely regarded as the highest standard of quality for business education and can take years to achieve.

Neal St. Anthony, a business columnist, wrote a column about accreditation in the Wednesday, Jan. 12, issue of the Star Tribune newspaper.

The accreditation will have an impact on more than a third of the students currently enrolled at St. Thomas. Of its nearly 11,000 students, 36 percent, or 3,850, are enrolled in the Opus College of Business.

To celebrate the accreditation, an ice sculpture was created last week on the university’s downtown Minneapolis campus.  You can see the process, from start to finish, below. (Note, it really took longer than the two-minute video.)