Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise Achieves Extension of Accreditation by AACSB

LAKELAND (July 1, 2019) – The Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College is pleased to announce that the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has extended the accreditation of the College’s business degree programs.

The Barnett School received its initial AACSB business accreditation in 2013 and has a long history of achievement, most recently having been recognized in The Princeton Review’s prestigious list of Best Business Schools in 2018 and ranking as one of the best Undergraduate Business Schools of 2018 by Poets and Quants.

“The AACSB renewal of accreditation is a reflection of continuous improvements being made in the Barnett School, in compliance with AACSB quality standards,” said Dr. James Fenton, Dean of the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise. “The various constituents within the Barnett School, including the faculty, the staff, our students, and our alumni, all played a part in the renewal of our accreditation.”

Accreditation by AACSB International is a mark of excellence in business education, placing Florida Southern’s program among the most respected university-level business school programs in the world and serving as the benchmark of quality for students, parents, recruiters, and employers. As an AACSB-accredited school, the Barnett School is recognized for having passed the organization’s rigorous standards for quality in its undergraduate and master’s degree programs, an honor earned by only 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

“AACSB congratulates the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College on extending its accreditation,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “The intense peer-review process confirms a school’s continued focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. The Barnett School’s dedication to delivering high quality business education will create the next generation of great leaders.”

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools and the largest business education network connecting students, educators, and businesses worldwide.

Ed Crenshaw, chairman of Publix Super Markets, Inc., and chairman of the Barnett School Advisory Board, said this extension of AACSB accreditation adds to the school’s growing prestige. “We’re delighted to continue to earn this important recognition,” he said. “This accomplishment helps us to attract world-class faculty and students of the highest quality.”


About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.