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    Maintenance of Accreditation Received

    The Leon Hess Business School at Monmouth University has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

    Only 559 schools of business, less than 5% of business schools worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. To maintain accreditation the school underwent a rigorous review to demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

    “It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” according to Jerry Trapnell, chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of high-quality education to students.”

    The visiting team, led by Dr. Jimmy Suarez of Manhattan College with members Dr. David Martin of LaSalle University and Dr. James Daley of Rockhurst University, made special note of the following characteristics of the School.

    • The Leon Hess Business School faculty (participating and supporting) are viewed as excellent and committed teachers.
    • The Dean’s office’s leadership has generated a collegial atmosphere.
    • The School has successfully inculcated supporting faculty in the academic life of the institution.
    • The Business Council generates valuable resources to enhance the academic and research activities in the School of Business. Business Council members clearly are active in the development and promotion of the School of Business programs.
    • The Monmouth University Center for Entrepreneurship and its director provide students with authentic academic programs that engage students to form actual companies, that deliver products and services to market, and generate financial surplus that is reinvested in new start-ups and other programs.
    • An additional authentic learning activity which engages students is the student managed investment fund. Students in the Economics and Finance club, supervised by faculty members and members of the Business Council, manage the $13,000 investment fund.
    • The Leon Hess Business School has a high-quality faculty overall as indicated by their scholarly productivity. Ninety-two percent of the faculty members either published at least one peer-reviewed journal article or earned a doctoral degree in the last five years, 78 percent published two or more articles, and 68 percent published three or more articles.