Dean Bertie Greer Credits ‘Dedication, Innovation and Commitment’ of Faculty and Staff

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Less than 6% of business schools worldwide hold AACSB accreditation, something the Manning School of Business has once again achieved.

By Ed Brennen

After a rigorous yearlong review, UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business has once again earned accreditation from AACSB International, a nonprofit with a mission to elevate the quality and impact of business schools around the globe.

Less than 6% of business schools worldwide hold accreditation from AACSB, or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Business schools are required to go through a re-accreditation process every five years with a peer review team before final approval by AACSB’s Continuous Improvement Review Committee.
“This is a testament to the dedication, innovation and commitment of our entire leadership team, faculty and staff to fulfill our business school’s mission,” said Rist Family Endowed Dean of the Manning School Bertie Greer.

To secure the extension, the Manning School showcased its commitment to key areas, including the quality of its business programs, the relevance of its curriculum to workforce needs and a framework for continuous improvement.

Greer thanked the school’s community and business partners for their ongoing support, highlighting their crucial role in advancing the Manning School’s mission.

“Being externally engaged and having business support is critical to our mission and our ability to meet AACSB standards,” she said.

Addressing current students and alumni, Greer emphasized the school's dedication to providing a return on their investment and maintaining the quality and relevance of their degrees in the ever-changing business landscape.

Two comments from the AACSB peer review team underscored the Manning School’s strengths in student engagement and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Praising the school for having “student engagement embedded in its DNA” and its ability to make “cross-disciplined work look easy,” the reviewers affirmed the Manning School's dedication to student success and collaboration across campus.

AACSB has 1,021 accredited institutions in over 65 countries and territories. 

“The commitment to earning accreditation is a true reflection of each school’s dedication, not only to its students, alumni network and greater business community, but to society as a whole,” said Stephanie Bryant, executive vice president and global chief accreditation officer at AACSB. 

The Manning School was initially accredited by AACSB, then the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, in 1987. 

“We are proud to be a part of AACSB and of our role in helping advance and shape the future of business education,” Greer said.