About Lerner College


For 50 years, the Lerner College has maintained business accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs.

AACSB Accreditations

  • This year marks Lerner’s 50th anniversary of AACSB business accreditation, with the college receiving initial business accreditation in 1966.
  • Lerner received separate accreditation for accounting in 1984, putting Lerner in an elite group of less than 200 schools that maintain separate accounting accreditation.

AACSB Honors

This year, the Lerner College's JPMorgan Chase Innovation Center was recognized as one of the AACSB's Innovations That Inspire. These innovations demonstrate how AACSB-accredited business schools are diversifying the business education environment and redefining the way that academic institutions create, teach, connect and lead.

In 2015, Lerner College alumnus Tom Pike was selected as one of AACSB's inaugural Influential Leaders. Pike, who is CEO of the large pharmaceutical outsourcing services company Quintiles, was honored both for his sucess as a "financial wizard" and for his active support of the Lerner College.

Benefits of AACSB Accreditation

To be an elite AACSB-accredited business school is to be part of an established tradition of excellence. A Lerner degree backed by AACSB accreditation gives you a distinct competitive advantage in your career.

In order to obtain AACSB accreditation, a school and its programs are evaluated against 21 accreditation standards including instruction, research, curriculum development, faculty and student learning.

Accreditation typically takes five to seven years to obtain, with reviews every five years thereafter to ensure that the program's level of quality is maintained.

Student Learning Assesment Outcomes

The University of Delaware and the Lerner College are committed to implementing student learning outcomes assessment programs. The student outcomes assessment program has one central goal: to create a University of Delaware culture of continuous academic improvement that is focused upon student learning.

Assessment programs also support the efforts of the institution for reaccreditation by Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000, info@msche.org.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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