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TAMIU Sanchez School of Business Maintains AACSB Accreditation Posted: 10/26/17

TAMIU Sanchez School of Business Maintains AACSB Accreditation


Dr. Steve Sears
Dr. Steve Sears, Dean, Sanchez School of Business  

Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business has maintained its business accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) with its most recent continuous improvement review. 

Members of the Sanchez School of Business Advisory Board and community leaders joined to celebrate the announcement at a reception held at the University’s Western Hemispheric Trade Center  on Thursday, Oct. 26.

AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and is earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs. Today, about 800 business schools worldwide maintain AACSB Accreditation. 

In order to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation business schools must meet specific standards of excellence, and their deans, faculty, and professional staff maintain a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution continues to deliver the highest quality of education to students.    

Sanchez School Dean Steve Sears said the School is proud to be one of the business schools to have maintained its accreditation status with AACSB International.  

“As a small business school with a doctoral program located on the Texas-México border, we strive to provide our students with the best education possible,” Dr. Sears said, “We feel that the quality of our programs has improved steadily over the years.”  Sears added that he was particularly pleased that in the review of the A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business by AACSB this year, the college received several commendations on its strengths, innovations, and effective practices.  In the written evaluation by AACSB, the visiting team reported that the School “exceeds outcomes expected for a School its size, its location, and its student population.”

Sears added that a gifted faculty from all over the world, 38 holding a Ph.D. and eight as adjunct faculty, impart quality business education at the Sanchez School.

TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz congratulated the Sanchez School for its successful completion of its accreditation continuous improvement review.

“The School’s accreditation attests to the continued quality of business education here at the Sanchez School,” Dr. Arenaz said, “This renewed stamp of approval by the AACSB truly serves as a powerful recruitment tool as we maintain our position as an international business school both in the United States and beyond. Our onsite and online classes can take business graduates anywhere.”

The Sanchez School, which honors namesake Laredo businessman and philanthropist Antonio R. “Tony” Sanchez, Jr., is home to one undergraduate degree with two majors and five concentrations, three master’s degrees, and one doctoral degree – a Ph.D. in International Business Administration. Online programs include an English MBA with concentrations in Management, International Banking and Finance, International Business, and International Trade and Logistics.   

This semester, over 1000 undergraduate, 250 graduate and 19 doctoral students are enrolled in the School, and enjoy unparalleled opportunities for internships, study abroad and research in an area tightly focused on international trade and commerce.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

Its mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. Its vision is to transform business education for global prosperity. It connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. 

As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. It maintains global headquarters in Tampa, Florida; Europe, Middle East, and Africa and additional headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. 

To learn more about the TAMIU A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business and its undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs, visit

To learn more about the AACSB International accreditation, visit the AACSB International website at: To view a list of AACSB accredited members, visit

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