Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

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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 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]


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. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)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 reading[edit]

  • 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