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Business education has been part of the La Salle curriculum since its founding in 1863. The School of Business, one of three schools in the University, was established in 1955, and its MBA program began in 1976. As a business school in a Catholic, Lasallian University, students are taught fundamental business knowledge and skills within an ethical framework which emphasizes the primacy and value of human dignity.
The Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International,) which establishes standards designed to ensure excellence. Less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools are accredited by AACSB. As an AACSB-accredited business school, the Dean’s office and faculty use continuous quality-improvement processes to ensure that the many offerings of the School of Business are of the highest quality. Programs are also regularly evaluated in terms of standards established by various professional bodies, such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Management Association, University Sales Center Alliance and the American Marketing Association. Ongoing engagement with alumni, employers and the business executives on the Dean’s Advisory Board ensure that the programs are current and relevant in a rapidly changing global environment. The school has received external validations of the quality and outcomes of its programs through rankings with U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. Since 1996, La Salle has inducted the top 10 percent of its undergraduate seniors and 7 percent of its juniors into Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), the international honor society for students enrolled in AACSB-accredited schools. The La Salle chapter of BGS celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020, and has been designated a Highest Honors chapter since 1999. The chapter was named a Silver Chapter (in 2013, 2015 and 2016), and the Gold Chapter (in 2014), from more than 500 chapters worldwide.
The mission of the School of Business is to offer educational programs that prepare students for a purposeful life by integrating Lasallian values with current business management skills.
Through its faculty, curricular environment, and linkages with the business community, the School of Business creates a value-centered educational community as the setting for its educational programs.
Within this context, it seeks to provide an appropriate blend of contemporary business theory and practice, placing paramount importance on teaching and learning enriched by scholarly research and professional activity.
The primary purpose of the School of Business’ undergraduate program is to prepare students to lead an enriched personal life and to enter upon a successful professional career through exposure to traditional liberal arts and contemporary business education.
The School of Business strives to fulfill its mission by requiring students to develop communication, analytic, and decision-making skills by nurturing in students the ability to define and synthesize, by helping students to form independent, well-reasoned judgments, and by introducing students to common business research methods and practices.
Teaching and learning are of paramount importance. We believe we should:
- know each student as an individual;
- challenge each student to work toward attaining his or her best performance level;
- utilize the curriculum to help students identify the ethical dimensions embedded in business management; and
- immerse students in a learning environment that blends current business theory and practice.