Bloch School Accreditation Renewed

Recognition conferred by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) has renewed its accreditation for the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The Bloch School’s programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Finance were first accredited by AACSB in 1969.

“I am extremely pleased to see that AACSB has recognized the Bloch School’s continuing commitment to excellence,” said Brian Klaas, Ph.D., dean of the school. “This renewal indicates that we have kept pace with a rapidly changing environment for business education and is a signal for students and employers regarding the quality of our programs, our faculty, and our support services.”

“The AACSB is the gold standard in business school accreditation, and less than five percent of business schools worldwide have AACSB accreditation,” said David Cornell, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean and Interim Department Chair for Accountancy. “The Bloch School is one of only three such schools serving the Kansas City community, and we are very proud that our faculty and programs are recognized as being of such high quality.”

AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level. The AACSB Accreditation Standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

According to AACSB, “The accreditation process includes a rigorous external review of a school’s ability to provide the highest quality programs. The accreditation process is a comprehensive review of a school’s mission, faculty qualifications, and curricula, and the process includes self-evaluations, peer-reviews, committee reviews, and the development of in-depth strategic plans. Accreditation ensures that students are learning material most relevant to their field of study, preparing them to be effective leaders upon graduation.”

About the Bloch School of Management:

Founded: 1953

Endowed by Henry Bloch: 1986

Changed name to Henry W. Bloch School of Management: 2010

Dean: Brian Klaas, Ph.D.

Faculty: 60

Endowed faculty chairs and professors: 13

Alumni: 16.946

Total students (as of fall 2016): 1,779

Graduate enrollment: 519

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,260

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