Monday, May 9, 2016

UNO Maintains Prestigious International Accounting Accreditation

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The University of New Orleans Department of Accounting has maintained its accounting accreditation by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—a distinction earned by about two percent of the world’s business programs.

AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. There are 761 business schools in 52 countries and territories that maintain AACSB accreditation, which represents less than five percent of global business programs. Of that number, only 183 institutions maintain an additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

“This is a tremendous achievement for our Department of Accounting,” said UNO President John Nicklow. “To sustain this level of excellence for such a long period of time is a credit to the department chair, Dr. Philip Harmelink, and our outstanding faculty members. Our accounting alumni are enormously influential in the regional business community, and I hope all of them take great pride in their affiliation with this elite academic program.”

UNO’s accounting department granted its first bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1962 and, since that time, has granted more than 4,000 degrees. The department has also granted nearly 800 master’s degrees in both accounting and tax accounting.

Philip Harmelink, professor and chair of accounting, has overseen the department since 1990. The department has maintained a separate AACSB accounting accreditation since 1983.

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accounting 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.” 

For a list of all of AACSB International’s accredited members, click here