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October 15, 2014

SHA earns AACSB business-unit accreditation

We are delighted to announce that AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) has granted inaugural, unit-level accreditation to the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell. We are the only stand-alone hospitality school in the world—one not attached to or accredited under another school or college—to earn this designation.

While our Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH) program has been included previously as part of AACSB’s accreditation of Cornell University, the movement from university- to academic-unit-level accreditation marks the first time that our preeminent Bachelor of Science program was included in the accreditation. The unit-level accreditation is based on the school’s level of independence in the areas of branding, external market perception, financial relationship with Cornell, and autonomy as an academic unit.

Our decision to include our undergraduate and MMH degree programs in an application for business-unit accreditation came at the strong recommendation of the AACSB reviewers following their last visit to Cornell. “This opportunity came to us as a result of our previous AACSB accreditations,” explained our dean, Michael Johnson. “It’s a testament to how much we’ve evolved, how far we’ve come. The reviewers came here to look at our MMH program, but they couldn’t help but notice the high quality of our 900 undergraduates, 60 faculty members, and overall curriculum and educational experience.”

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