Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University Marks 50 years of Accreditation

The first class of Hankamer School of Business students graduated from Baylor University in 1925. 2009 is a year for celebration of 50 years of accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This distinction is received by only 5 percent of business schools around the world.

AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools. Accredited Institutions confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through rigorous and comprehensive peer review.

Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business holds to a visionary standard of excellence. Maintenance of integrity is equal to analytic and strategic strengths, as the school builds leaders as well as careers.

Seal of Excellence

“The faculty and staff at the Hankamer School of Business are certainly proud of having earned this ‘seal of excellence’,” said Dr. Terry Maness, dean of the School. “More importantly, our students and alumni, as well as the businesses who hire them, can be assured that a business degree from Baylor is truly a valuable thing.”

After delays in accreditation due to the Great Depression, and then World War II, Baylor was admitted with a provisional associate membership in the AACSB in 1950, associate membership in 1953, and on May 9, 1959, the school achieved unconditional full membership in the AACSB.

AACSB standards are mission-linked. The high accreditation standards include: strategic management of resources, interaction of faculty and students in the educational process, and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

Maintaining accreditation is an ongoing process. Accreditation helps drive the pursuit of excellence.

Baylor Business Mission

Baylor is guided by Christian commitment and champions life-long learning, highly-regarded scholarship and service to others as its highest ideals. The school seeks to produce business leaders with recognized integrity, superior theoretical knowledge and practical skills of modern global business developed through an experiential learning environment. We engage a diverse group of undergraduate, graduate, and executive students and alumni in a curriculum that produces graduates of value to business organizations and to their communities.

AACSB International is a worldwide organization comprised of more than 1,100 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations from 70 countries. AACSB International is the longest serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees in Business and Accounting.

Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business will be celebrating this momentous achievement throughout 2009 with building pageantry and with a special edition desk calendar, listing special events, achievements and facts about Baylor Business for each day of the year. Events are also planned during Baylor’s 2009 Homecoming festivities.

The Hankamer School of Business advances state-of-the-art skill development in the functional areas of business – accounting, finance, marketing, information technology, management. Their students develop ethics skills that yield credibility and true leadership potential for their organizations into the future.

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