SU's Grove College of Business maintains
AACSB international accreditation

The John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University has again maintained its prestigious accreditation from AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Less than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation.  

“In the nearly 35 years since it was first accredited, the College of Business has maintained high standards that highlight its academic quality and provides its graduates with a strong business foundation upon which to build success,” said President Jody Harpster. “The College also continues to look toward the future and this fall will start an undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship designed to help students with great ideas to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.”

According to Dr. Barbara Lyman, provost and executive vice president, “To have the quality of the John L. Grove College of Business programs, faculty, student outcomes, and continuous improvement processes affirmed by the rigorous review of AACSB accreditation is to assure all of our constituents of the outstanding value of an education in any of Shippensburg’s Business programs.”

Dr. John Kooti, dean of Grove college, said, “Maintaining AACSB International accreditation since 1981 is testament to the university commitment to deliver innovative and impactful business programs at an affordable cost not only in Central Pennsylvania but in the world. Thanks to the support of the administration, faculty and staff, and alumni and friends, Grove College has made significant strides to engage students in experiential learning through the recent dedication of the Brad Hollinger Stock Trading Room and the soon to be established Charles Diller Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation.”

 “It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

In 1981, Grove College became the first school in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the ninth college overall in Pennsylvania to become internationally accredited by AACSB International. The college was established in 1971 and has earned a reputation as one of the premier business schools in the Mid-Atlantic Region. It continually ranks among the best in the nation by various national publications. 

According to its mission statement, Grove College “provides a high-quality and a high-value comprehensive educational experience that prepares students to excel as principled leaders in the global business community. “ 

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