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Gannon's Dahlkemper School of Business Earns Reaccreditation

Gannon University Center for Business Ingenuity

Gannon University Center for Business Ingenuity

Gannon University’s Dahlkemper School of Business has received reaccreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The school has received accreditation status for the maximum period of ten years, beginning June 2020.

This achievement continues a tradition of excellence for the Dahlkemper School of Business. In 2000, it became the first business school in northwestern Pennsylvania to have undergraduate and graduate business programs that are both nationally accredited. In 2010, the school successfully reaffirmed its ACBSP accreditation status.

ACBSP ignites a standard of excellence with an accreditation process based on the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence. By evaluating aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials and educational support, ACBSP assesses whether or not business programs offer a rigorous educational experience and commitment to continuous quality improvement.

Karinna Vernaza, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Business, spoke to the significance of the accreditation.

“The Dahlkemper School of Business has been committed to offering exceptional and innovative education for over 70 years. The successful implementation of the ACBSP benchmarks demonstrates a level of quality that gives external validation to our programs,” Vernaza said.

Amy Doolan, DBA, associate dean of the Dahlkemper School of Business, also expressed her sentiments on the news.

“We are thrilled that ACBSP has affirmed the quality of the business programs at Gannon,” Doolan said. “The highly respected reaffirmation is a testament to the outstanding work of our faculty, providing quality educational experiences to our students while simultaneously showing a commitment to the accreditation process and continuous quality improvement to our business programs.”

About the Dahlkemper School of Business:

The mission of the Dahlkemper School of Business is to serve as a center of ethical business leadership and innovation to provide an excellent education in all areas of business from a values-centered and global perspective, and to develop leaders to transform the world of business.

The Dahlkemper School has been offering innovative and ethics-based business programs for more than 70 years. Students can choose from 12 undergraduate business disciplines, as well as an on-ground MBA in Business Analytics, online MBA and an online Master of Healthcare Administration. Students have the option to earn two undergraduate business concentrations within a four-year period, or an undergraduate degree and an MBA in a five- year period.

The Dahlkemper School encourages students’ development of an entrepreneurial mindset and fosters those seeking to become entrepreneurs with the aid of regional and University experts in the Center for Business Ingenuity. This facility co-locates the Small Business Development Center, the Erie Technology Incubator, and the Innovation Beehive Network in an entrepreneurial space that is designed to look and operate like a corporate headquarters.

In addition, students can engage in international internships, dual-study programs and learning abroad options through international partner institutions in Germany, Poland and China.

Dahlkemper School of Business faculty are committed to students’ success. Its global network of alumni have secured successful careers with Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, leading health care providers, nonprofit organizations, and federal, state and local government offices.

About Gannon University:

Gannon University is a Catholic, diocesan university with campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Ruskin, Florida, offering online and traditional associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs to more than 4,400 academically talented and diverse students.

Gannon University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, the University offers a comprehensive, values-centered learning experience that emphasizes faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility.

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