(Cleveland, OH) – The John M. and Mary Jo Boler School of Business at John Carroll University has maintained its business and accounting accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, 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 schools. Today, there are 567 business schools in 33 countries that maintain AACSB accreditation and 171 of these institutions also maintain an additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs, including John Carroll University. To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous peer review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. To realize additional, specializedaccounting accreditation, an institution must first earn or maintain AACSB International business accreditation, and then demonstrate satisfaction of an additional set of 15 standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting. “AACSB International accreditation is the most prestigious accreditation a business school can attain,” said Dr. Karen Schuele, Dean of the Boler School of Business. She added, “This accreditation provides external validation of the Boler School’s commitment to graduate outstanding business students through high quality and relevant curricula taught by a faculty committed to advancing management knowledge through scholarship. The Boler School is proud to be counted among only 171 institutions worldwide who have achieved both business and accounting accreditation.” The John M. and Mary Jo Boler School of Business: HIGHLIGHTS Students in John Carroll’s Boler School of Business ranked 10th nationally on passing the Audit section of the CPA exam for first-time candidates with advanced degrees. The findings are detailed in a 2009 report by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Our students ranked #1 in Ohio on both the Financial Accounting and Reporting and Regulation sections. Based on its amazing global impact, John Carroll University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team has been named the winner of the regional SIFE competition, held March 17. The JCU team will head to the organization’s national competition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (May 2009). John Carroll University’s MBA program offers short-term international experiences in China, Russia, India, and several European locations. The Boler School of Business has partnered with the Zagreb School of Economics and Management in Croatia in an effort to expand international educational initiatives. The partnership also seeks to develop an exchange of economic and social research. The Boler School of Business now offers a newly designed MBA program that focuses on integrated business decisions around innovation and resource allocation. As part of this program, students develop leadership capabilities through several experiential learning opportunities. To learn more about the Boler School of Business at John Carroll University visit www.jcu.edu, or to learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International website at: http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/.