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Brennan School of Business Achieves Premier Accreditation

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Brennan School of Business at Dominican University has earned initial accreditation by 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 offering undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by fewer than five percent of the world's business programs. Today, there are 694 business schools in 45 countries and territories that maintain AACSB accreditation.

"It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn 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."

With AACSB accreditation, Dominican’s Brennan School of Business joins the ranks of other prestigious Chicago-area business schools, including Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business, DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and University of Illinois at Chicago’s Liataud Graduate School of Business.

"Our AACSB accreditation differentiates the Brennan School of Business from most other business schools at smaller Midwest universities," said Dominican University President Donna M. Carroll. "At a university in which teaching is already a hallmark, the AACSB endorsement now communicates that Brennan provides the best of two academic worlds—teaching and research."

Founded in 1977, the Brennan School of Business was named in 2006 in honor of Edward A. Brennan, former chairman and CEO of Sears, Roebuck and Co., and his wife Lois L. Brennan, a Dominican alumna.

Today the Brennan School of Business is one of the leading small business programs in the Chicago metropolitan area with approximately 500 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of accounting, business, economics and international business each year. The student body, with representatives from more than 30 countries, is diverse in business experience and cultural background.

"Attaining AACSB accreditation is a pivotal moment for the Brennan School of Business," said Molly Burke, dean of the school. "Achieving this prestigious recognition has been a long and very deliberate journey. This accreditation not only benefits Dominican University but also the larger business community in which our students and alumni play leading roles."

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About AACSB International

AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of more than 690 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 45 countries and territories. AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, and its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore.

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About Dominican University

Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution offering bachelor’s degrees through the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and master’s degrees through the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Brennan School of Business, the School of Education, the Graduate School of Social Work and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. The university also offers a doctoral degree in library and information science. In the 2014 issue of America’s Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dominican University in the top 15 of Midwest master’s level universities. The magazine also ranked Dominican as one of three Great Schools at a Great Price in Illinois.

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