Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, also known as AACSB International, is an American professional organization. It was founded in 1916 to provide accreditation to schools of business.[1]:2 It was formerly known as the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business and as the International Association for Management Education. Not all members of the association are accredited;[2]:92 and on average, AACSB observes that schools take between four and five years to earn AACSB Accreditation. The amount of time it will take a school to earn accreditation depends largely on how closely aligned they are with AACSB standards when they apply for eligibility [3] and it does not accredit for-profit schools.[4] In 2016 it lost recognition by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.[5]

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
TypeNon-governmental organization
PurposeEducational accreditation
HeadquartersTampa, Florida, United States
Over 1,600 business schools[quantify]
Formerly called
  • American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (1925)
  • The International Association for Management Education (1997)
  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (2001)[1]:2



The American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business was founded as an accrediting body in 1916 by a group of seventeen American universities and colleges.[a][1]:2[6][page needed] The first accreditations took place in 1919.[1]:2 For many years the association accredited only American business schools, but in the latter part of the twentieth century it advocated a more international approach to business education.[2] The first school it accredited outside the United States was the University of Alberta in 1968,[7] and the first outside North America was the French business school ESSEC, in 1997.[8][9]

Robert S. Sullivan, dean of Rady School of Management, became chair of the association in 2013.[10]

The association struggled with its Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognition in 2016. At a board meeting on January 26, 2015, the council deferred recognition pending satisfaction of its policy requirements.[11] At its July 25-26, 2016 meeting, the CHEA Committee on Recognition recommended that CHEA deny recognition to AACSB.[12] The association withdrew from CHEA recognition on September 23, 2016, in pursuit of ISO certification in order to pivot towards a more global presence.[5][13]

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  1. ^ a b c d James W. Guthrie (editor) (2003). Encyclopedia of Education, volume 1: A-Commerce. New York: MacMillan Reference USA. ISBN 9780028655949.
  2. ^ a b John Thanopoulos, Ivan R. Vernon (1987). International Business Education in the AACSB Schools. Journal of International Business Studies 18 (1): 91–98. (subscription required).
  3. ^
  4. ^ Brian Burnsed (March 15, 2011). "Top M.B.A. Programs Embrace Online Education". U.S. News & World Report. Archived from the original on 30 April 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Recognition Decision Summary: AACSB International The Association To Advance Collegiate Schools Of Business (AACSB). Council for Higher Education Accreditation, September 2016. Archived 18 October 2016.
  6. ^ Morgan P. Miles, Geralyn McClure Franklin, Martin Grimmer, Kirl C. Heriot. "An exploratory study of the perceptions of AACSB International's 2013 Accreditation Standards". Emerald Insight.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Erin Millar (March 15, 2011). "B-schools work hard to get the stamp of approval". The Globe and Mail.
  8. ^ "History". ESSEC Business School.
  9. ^ "ESSEC Business School". Poets & Quants. October 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "Robert S. Sullivan, Dean of the Rady School of Management, Assumes Chair of AACSB International". SYS-CON Media. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  11. ^ "CHEA Board Meeting Minutes - Jan 2015 - Council for Higher Education Accreditation".
  12. ^ "Council For Higher Education Accreditation Recognition Decision Summary: AACSB" (PDF).
  13. ^ "AACSB Pursues ISO Certification". 27 September 2016.

Further readingEdit

  • Andrea Everard, Jennifer Edmonds, Kent Pierre (2013). The Longitudinal Effects of the Mission - Driven Focus on the Credibility of the AACSB. Journal of Management Development 32 (9):995–1003
  • W. Francisco, T.G. Noland, D.Sinclari (2008). AACSB Accreditation: Symbol of Excellence or march toward Mediocrity. Journal of College Teaching & Learning 5 (5):25–30
  • Harold Hamilton (2000). AACSB Accreditation: Are the Benefits worth the Cost for a Small School? A Case Study. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences Track Section of Management February 17-21, 2000, Las Vegas, Nevada: 205–206
  • Anthony Lowrie, Hugh Willmott (2009). Accreditation Sickness in the Consumption of Business Education: The Vacuum in AACSB Standard Setting. Management Learning 40 (4):411–420
  • N. Orwig, R.Z. Finney (2007). Analysis of the Mission Statements of AACSB – Accredited Schools. Competitiveness Review 17 (4):261–273
  • E.J Romero (2008). AACSB Accreditation: Addressing Faculty Concerns. Academy of Management Learning and Education 7 (2):245~255
  • J.A. Yunker (2000). Doing Things the Hard Way – Problems with Mission-Linked AACSB Accreditation Standards and Suggestions for Improvement. Journal of Education for Business 75 (6):348–353