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Nistler College reaccredited with AACSB

Recognition is one received by fewer than 5 percent of world’s business schools

The new Nistler College of Business and Public Administration is nearing completion, and is on pace to open in the fall. Artist’s rendering, courtesy of JLG Architects.

By Laura Arneson

The University of North Dakota Nistler College of Business & Public Administration has been reaccredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools.

This distinction puts the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration in the top 5% of business schools globally, with only 840 institutions accredited by AACSB International.

Amy Henley
Amy Henley

“We are grateful for all of the dedication of our exceptional faculty, staff, UND leadership, alumni, and students that continue to make the Nistler College an outstanding place to learn and grow,” said Amy B. Henley, dean of the Nistler College. “Because of their resiliency, even during some of the most challenging times in higher education, we continued to excel in our teaching, research, and service, which helped position us to continue to maintain this distinctive honor.”

The distinction means that the College:

• Recruits and retains champion faculty who are experts in the field

• Committed to continuous improvement and advancement in teaching and curricula

• Responds to the world around us in innovative programming

• Promotes exceptional networking opportunities and engagement opportunities with faculty, alumni, and corporations

• Produces graduates who are leaders of industry

“The University of North Dakota is pleased and honored to have the Nistler School of Business & Public Administration reaccredited by AACSB International, an organization that shares our values and vision in shaping the next generation of business leaders,” said UND President Andrew Armacost.

“This distinction recognizes UND’s commitment to high-quality instruction, excellence in scholarship, continuous improvement and our strong focus on students, faculty and staff,” he continued. “AACSB accreditation contributes to our high national business school rankings and growth in student enrollment. This great news is certainly the result of the hard work of many members of the Nistler College.”

Eric Link

“AACSB accreditation is the standard for excellence for business schools across the country,” said Eric Link, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This recognition is a testament to the quality of our academic programming in the Nistler College of Business, the outstanding faculty in the College, and the vision and leadership provided by Dean Amy Henley and the entire leadership team. The Nistler College of Business continues its long tradition of being a leader in business education across the region and the nation.”

“AACSB congratulates the UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration Dean Amy Henley on extending accreditation,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “The intense peer-review process confirms a school’s continued focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning. The Nistler College’s dedication to delivering high quality business education will create the next generation of great leaders.”

About the author:

Laura Arneson is director of external relations for UND’s Nistler College of Business & Public Administration.