Northeastern Illinois University has earned AACSB International accreditation for its College of Business and Management.
AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting organization for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's and doctorate degrees in accounting and business.
"AACSB congratulates Northeastern Illinois University and dean Michael Bedell on earning accreditation," Robert Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International, said. "AACSB accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards business degrees. The entire Northeastern team — including the administration, faculty, directors, staff and students — are to be commended for their roles in earning accreditation."
AACSB Accreditation has been earned by fewer than 5 percent of business programs around the world.
"Northeastern Illinois University is proud and honored to join AACSB's exclusive club of world-class business schools," President Sharon Hahs said. "This prestigious accreditation represents the hard work, community engagement and dedication to excellence that our students, faculty, staff and alumni demonstrate every day. We will continue to rise to fulfill the university's mission to prepare a diverse community of students for leadership and service in our region and in a dynamic multicultural world."
Achieving accreditation requires intense internal review, working with an AACSB-assigned mentor and also peer review. It takes years to implement a plan that aligns with AACSB's accreditation standards.
"It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn AACSB accreditation, and I commend Northeastern Illinois University for its dedication to management education, as well as its leadership in the community," Reid said. "Through accreditation, Northeastern has not only met specific standards of excellence, but has also made a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver high quality education to its students."