The Bryan School of Business and Economics at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has maintained its business and accounting accreditation by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Maintaining accreditation in both fields puts the Bryan School among the top 3 percent of business schools in the world.

“It’s gratifying to have objective, outside experts examine our mission and methods and determine that we meet the highest standards in business and accounting education,” said Bryan School Dean McRae C. Banks. “The Bryan School is committed to offering a hands-on education that nurtures innovation, prizes ethical problem-solving and promotes a global perspective.”

Several of the Bryan School’s strategic initiatives were praised by the AACSB visiting review team including X-Culture, an international experience developed and coordinated by Bryan School Assistant Professor Vas Taras where students at universities around the globe collaborate on a group project. X-Culture now has 4,000 participants per semester at 100 universities around the world and the resulting relationships between faculty have led to research collaborations.

The team also highlighted the growth in the Bryan School’s online class offerings. significant community engagement projects between Bryan School students and faculty and the surrounding region, and the growth in diversity of faculty and the student body. The Bryan School graduates more undergraduate students of color than any other campus in the UNC system, including the business schools at historically black universities.

One of the largest business schools in North Carolina, the Bryan School has been accredited since 1982. The school’s programs in business and accounting will be up for accreditation review again in 2020.

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. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business and accounting education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. Today, there are 727 business schools in 48 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation. Similarly, 182 institutions maintain an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.

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

To learn more about AACSB International accreditations, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International Web site at: http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/.