"Accreditation is a mark of distinction. This past year, less then two-thirds of the schools that were visited were successful . . . . It is a tribute to the dedication and accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni, that all our programs have received this prestigious validation." Dean Howard Thomas

After and exhaustive year of self-study and a searching site visit from an American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation team, the College of Commerce has achieved re-accreditation of programs, graduate and undergraduate. When you have it accreditation may not seem like a big deal. But losing it would be catastrophic. "But how could they turn down a school like the UI?" you ask. THEY COULD! Many schools have been tested and found wanting. Approximately 1,200 colleges and universities offer undergraduate business degrees; only 284 are accredited. Only 282 of the 600 master's programs nationwide are accredited. And only 112 schools have accredited accounting programs at various levels. In its report to the college, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, our accrediting organization, commended the college on its excellent undergraduate student body, a faculty with distinguished academic reputations, its strong emphasis on integrating international business throughout the programs, and a superiorCommerce Placement Office.