The business and accounting programs in the Lerner College of Business and Economics are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). AACSB requires its member institutions to undergo a review to maintain their accreditation every five years. The College is undergoing the reaccreditation progress now and will host a site visit from re-accreditation committee members in February, 2016. Lerner’s business and accounting programs were last reaffirmed during the 2011 academic year.
Earning AACSB accreditation is a hallmark of distinction among schools of business; AACSB accreditation has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs. Currently, 739 business schools in 48 countries and territories that maintain AACSB accreditation. There are 182 institutions that have received an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.
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.
Through the campus-wide student learning outcomes assessment program, all academic departments are expected to define clear, concise and measurable student learning outcomes, identify opportunities within and outside of the classroom and the curriculum for students to achieve those outcomes, apply measures to assess whether the desired outcomes are being achieved, and use the results of the assessment for decision-making that improves instruction, strengthens the curriculum, and forms the basis for policy development and resource allocations.