SUNY Oneonta News

August 2, 2011




ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Today SUNY Oneonta has joined an elite group of institutions by earning initial accreditation of its business degree programs from AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Fewer than one in 20 schools of business worldwide have earned this widely sought hallmark of excellence in management education.

According to Economics and Business Associate Dean Wade Thomas, the newly accredited programs are among the college’s most popular. “This is fantastic news for the more than 500 students enrolled in our division’s majors as well as for our 24 faculty members, whose dedication to excellence in instruction, scholarship and college service helped make this achievement possible,” Thomas said.

“This is a proud moment for our college. I am thrilled for Dr. Thomas, for our entire Economics and Business Division faculty, and for our former Provost Dan Larkin, who was determined to earn this prestigious accreditation,” said SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski. “Meeting the uncompromising standards of the AACSB affirms that SUNY Oneonta delivers a premier education across business disciplines.”

To achieve accreditation, the college’s business program underwent a meticulous internal assessment resulting in the implementation of a mission-driven plan to satisfy 21 quality standards. Faculty qualifications, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs each are addressed in the plan. Also part of the process, external reviewers— business school deans with detailed knowledge of management education—visited and evaluated the Division of Economics and Business.

“AACSB congratulates SUNY Oneonta, and Associate Dean Wade Thomas on earning accreditation, and we welcome them into the family of AACSB accredited business schools," said John J. Fernandes, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International, adding that SUNY Oneonta’s accreditation will be recognized next April at the AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International includes educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 78 countries. The association’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. Additional information about AACSB International is available at



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