AACSB accreditation is synonymous with the highest standards in business education, with less than six per cent of business schools worldwide having obtained AACSB accreditation. This is the school’s first reaccreditation review since earning initial accreditation in 2018.
“This accomplishment signals the Edwards School’s commitment to enabling learners to become socially conscious professionals through transformative educational experiences and creating knowledge that positively impacts businesses and communities in Saskatchewan and beyond,” said Dr. Keith Willoughby (PhD), dean of the Edwards School of Business. “Thank you to the Edwards community for continuing to support our mission.”
Once accredited, schools must adhere to the standards and guiding principles set out by AACSB International. Every five years, a peer review team of deans from other accredited institutions visits the School to ensure adherence to the standards, assess alignment of accreditation initiatives with the School’s mission, and provide feedback. Edwards is one of 989 institutions across 60 countries and territories with AACSB accreditation.
“AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, global executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB. “Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”
The AACSB peer review team commended Edwards on their new strategic plan, which commits to developing meaningful collaborations with Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous communities and to integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals across all strategic areas, including teaching and research.
“We are well positioned at Edwards to make a positive impact on society through our academic programming, research, and our involvement in our community,” said Willoughby. “Over the next five-year period, we look forward to inspiring sustainable communities through collaboration that connects, engages scholars, and emboldens students.”