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Business education is deeply ingrained in the history of Susquehanna University. Learn more about the history of the Sigmund Weis School of Business, members of its advisory council and its AACSB accreditation.
Since the early 1900s, business courses were integrated into the liberal arts curriculum. But in 1982, business education was elevated to a new level when the Sigmund Weis School of Business was created through the generosity of a $10 million gift from Charles Degenstein.
Degenstein understood that a strong liberal arts education is essential to the education of future business leaders, so he earmarked his donation for endowed chairs, faculty support, and seed money for new and enhanced academic programs.
The Sigmund Weis School of Business quickly set faculty performance standards, introduced a modern and coherent curriculum, tapped into alumni expertise, and set its eyes on accreditation.
In 1993, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) confirmed that the Susquehanna program met the strictest standards for quality and awarded accreditation. At that time, it was the smallest business school to achieve this distinction.
The Sigmund Weis School of Business ranks among the top 5% of business programs worldwide to have earned AACSB accreditation, a marker of excellence. We're proud to be in the company of other AACSB schools, including Harvard Business School, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business.
What does AACSB accreditation mean to you? It means you get a high return on your educational investment.
Students are taught by a highly qualified faculty. 92% of our full-time faculty have a Ph.D. or terminal degree, and most also have real-world business experience.
Our curriculum is rigorous, with a focus on developing skills that employers want, including the ability to think critically and communicate clearly and to solve problems in a constantly changing global environment.
We continually assess our learning outcomes and make improvements that enhance student success.
Want to learn more about essential learning outcomes? Visit the AAC&U LEAP website.