School of Business Mission and Accreditation


Informed by the University's values of goodness, discipline, and knowledge, the School of Business will deliver applied business learning anchored in community engagement and social responsibility.


The School of Business will prepare our students to be Day 1 Ready business professionals who will meaningfully impact their organizations, communities, and society.


  • Academic and Personal Growth - We believe in growing the members of our community to be the best version of self - intellectually, interpersonally, and morally.
  • Equity, Inclusion, and Community - We believe in an institutional culture anchored in equity, justice, and ethical reasoning.
  • Thought Leadership - We believe in producing theoretical, applied, and pedagogical research as well as innovative pedagogical practices that enrich the classroom learning experience

School of Business Strategic Goals

  • Advance Innovative Programs - Successful business school curricula should be current, relevant, forward-looking, and global. Developing new courses and academic initiatives that continue to meet student and industry needs is of paramount importance.
  • Ensure Ongoing Effective Enrollment - Students are the lifeblood of the institution. Building programs and recruiting strategies that are attractive and worthwhile are vital.
  • Stabilize Faculty & Leadership - Creating a secure work environment where faculty/staff are supported and challenged with growth and development possibilities leads to a culture of innovation.
  • Increase Community Engagement - Aligning the institution’s foundational Basilian value of goodness with AACSB’s focus on societal impact is a desire to connect the school with local and regional organizations deepening relationships and expanding student opportunities.
  • Expand Applied & Experiential Learning - In supporting the school’s mission, growing student opportunities to apply their coursework through internships or other applied learning opportunities is a top priority.

Learning Goals

Undergraduate Program Learning Goals

  • Core Business Knowledge - Graduates will be knowledgeable in the functional and related areas of business.
  • Effective Communication - Students will develop effective written and oral presentation skills.
  • Collaboration - Graduates will work effectively in teams in order to accomplish team objectives.
  • Social Responsibility - Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical issues in the business environment.
  • Critical Thinking - Students will use critical-thinking skills to become more effective problem solvers and strategic thinkers.

Graduate Program Learning Goals

  • Leadership - Graduates will demonstrate the capacity to lead in organizational situations.
  • Communication – Graduates will demonstrate the capacity to communicate effectively in organizational situations.
  • Application of Business Knowledge - Graduates will demonstrate the capacity to critically analyze situations and apply knowledge in an effective and socially responsible manner.
  • Teamwork – Graduates will demonstrate appropriate teamwork capability.

AACSB Accreditation

AACSB Accredited

The School of Business has been accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since April 2003.

AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

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 accreditation represents a rigorous peer review of a school's practices against globally set standards and plays an important role in recruiting faculty and students.

The School of Business was created in October 2002 by an act of the Board of Trustees.