Drake University’s business education quality affirmed by leading global accreditation body

After a rigorous review, Drake University’s College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA) has received an extension of its accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The prestigious accreditation recognizes Drake’s continued commitment to high academic quality, measurable student success, relevant business programs, and positive impact on society. The CBPA met stringent standards for quality, showcasing a cutting-edge business education that delivers the skills students need to succeed in the global marketplace. As result of the AACSB International’s determination, the College’s accreditation has been extended through 2027.

“The extension of Drake’s accreditation is reflective of the contributions of our students, alumni, supporters, staff, and faculty to ensure that we can continue to excel in teaching and learning, research and outreach, and social impact,” said Alejandro Hernandez, dean of the College of Business and Public Administration. “It is also an affirmation of our belief that a CBPA education is a force for good, contributing to the global economy and to society.”

The AACSB peer review team that visited Drake’s campus in February 2022 assessed the College on its performance relative to accreditation standards in the areas of strategic management and innovation; learner success; and thought leadership, engagement, and societal impact. The team’s findings called out a number of noteworthy outcomes including high rates of internships and job placements for students, and higher than average earnings for graduates in the years immediately after receiving their diplomas.

Business schools accredited by AACSB International are considered the best in the world. Their degree programs have passed rigorous standards for quality in terms of faculty, curriculum, student outcomes, and social impact. Only roughly one-third of U.S. business schools—and approximately 6% of schools globally—hold the AACSB International accreditation.