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FAU’s Barry Kaye College of Business Earns Reaccreditation

BOCA RATON, FL (February 7, 2008) – The Barry Kaye College of Business at Florida Atlantic University has maintained its accreditation in business from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest serving and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Less than 10 percent of the world’s business schools are accredited by the AACSB.  

“AACSB commends the faculty, deans, directors and administrative staffs of the institution for their exemplary work in helping their schools earn the highest achievement in business school accreditation,” said John J. Fernandes, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International, in a statement sent to FAU. “We send our heartiest congratulations to our newly accredited schools and those that maintained their accreditation, and wish them the best for the future.”

Earning and maintaining accreditation is a multi-year process in which a business school undergoes meticulous internal review, evaluation and adjustment. During this period, the school develops and implements a plan to help it meet the 21 AACSB standards that require a high quality teaching environment, a commitment to continuous improvement, and curricula responsive to the needs of business.   The College of Business was last reviewed and accredited in 1997.

Best practices noted in the report include:

·         The Barry Kaye College of Business has developed a very effective and unique business communications program at the graduate level that utilizes first class facilities and teaching resources, and fully integrates the skills learned in that course with the other courses in the curriculum – both written and oral.   It is a model for other schools to follow.

·         The Executive Forum has been an effective vehicle for involving local senior executives with the academic experience of the students AND engaging these executives in the development initiatives of the College – ultimately leading to a major naming gift.

“Maintaining AACSB accreditation was one of my top priorities upon accepting the deanship of the Barry Kaye College of Business in 2006,” said Dr. J. Dennis Coates, dean of the College. “Recognition of our academic rigor and integrity is more than just an accolade by peer reviewers; it is the essential ingredient to our ability to recruit top level students, build a nationally renowned faculty, and development of world-class facilities.”

For more information on the AACSB International accreditation process, visit   For more information on FAU’s Barry Kaye College of Business, contact Neuman Pollack at 561-297-1316, or visit


Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,   the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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