SEBA Joins Elite Group

Provost Bethami Dobkin, President James Donahue, four members of the AACSB accrediting team and, on the right, SEBA Dean Zhan Li.In January, the School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) achieved an important milestone when it was awarded AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation. With this honor, SEBA joins an elite group of business schools recognized as representing the highest international standard of instruction and scholarship in business education. Less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs have earned AACSB accreditation.

“This is a watershed moment for our college,” said President James Donahue. “This accreditation confirms what we have long known—SEBA is a top-caliber business school that is among the best in the world.”

Saint Mary’s College has a long tradition of offering quality undergraduate and graduate business programs—including the Bay Area’s first and largest executive MBA program, said SEBA Dean Zhan Li. “Earning AACSB accreditation was an essential next step in our ongoing efforts to become an internationally recognized business school for developing individuals who think globally and lead responsibly.”

With its first set of standards adopted in 1919, AACSB accreditation is considered the longest-standing, most recognized form of professional accreditation business schools can earn. Challenging postsecondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement through their business programs, AACSB provides internationally recognized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

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