Citing the school’s strong community engagement, growing research success and excellent reputation, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has re-accredited the Haskayne School of Business for another five years.
Accreditation by the AACSB is a mark of excellence earned by fewer than five per cent of the world’s business schools. The University of Calgary’s business school was among the first in Canada to be accredited in 1985 and this re-accreditation spans until the 2021-22 academic year.
“This strong vote of confidence from the AACSB demonstrates the tremendous progress we have made at Haskayne to improve the student experience, research important business topics and engage with our community,” says Jim Dewald, dean of the school.
“It is gratifying to get this recognition and a testament to the hard work I witness every day at Scurfield Hall.”
In the AACSB’s report on the school, the review panel highlighted several successes in the field of engagement, innovation, impact and school strengths. Those included:
- Engagement: Raising $53 million in the largest fundraising campaign in school history, creating four new centres, and the school’s community-focused speaker and seminar series.
- Innovation: The Global Energy Executive MBA program and creating the metaBUS research tool.
- Impact: National and global rankings for the school’s MBA and EMBA programs, Tri-Council funding of more than $3.5 million over five years, and an alumnus winning $1 million at the Hult Prize competition.
- School strengths: Strong connections to the business community, the growing strength of the University of Calgary, the excellent reputation of the school, and an endowment of $80 million.