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Why Your Child Should Choose an AACSB-Accredited Business School

Helping prepare your child for a fiercely competitive, global workforce may be one of your toughest parenting challenges.

Your child is one in a million to you. Make sure they are one in a million to employers, too.

You're here because you are checking out a school's accreditation. You're doing the right thing because accreditation is the most important checkpoint when helping your child choose a business school.

You might say selecting a business school is similar to purchasing a home. Since it is such a large investment, you wouldn't purchase a home unless it had been inspected, right? AACSB Accreditation is a lot like a home inspection but for business schools. It helps to ensure that a business school has qualified faculty, rigorous curriculum that will teach skills that employers require, and proper assessment of learning processes in place.

Common Questions About AACSB-Accredited Business Schools for Parents

Why is AACSB Accreditation so Important to My Child's Education?
What is the Difference between AACSB Accreditation and Other Types of Accreditation?
How Does AACSB Accreditation Help My Child Get a Job after Graduation?
At AACSB-Accredited Schools, are Professors and Classes More Challenging?
What Does a Business School Have to Do to Become AACSB Accredited?

Why is AACSB Accreditation so Important to My Child's Education?

AACSB Accreditation is the easiest way to ensure that your child will receive a quality business degree. It is a rigorous process that accesses a school on a multitude of levels—from faculty to curricula design.

Of AACSB-accredited schools:

  • 95 percent say AACSB Accreditation ultimately improves the quality of their business programs.
  • 94 percent report that AACSB Accreditation provides a concrete benchmarking framework to continually measure themselves.
  • 93 percent state that AACSB Accreditation has a continuous positive effect on their ongoing curricula development, program design, and delivery methods. 

AACSB Accreditation requires that schools: 

> teach everything your child needs from communication skills to financial reporting.

> have qualified and adequate faculty and staff to successfully deliver its programs.

> produce research that advances business—which means your child has access to innovative and relevant business ideas and methods.

> do not speed your child through a business degree program at a pace where they cannot effectively learn.

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What is the Difference between AACSB Accreditation and Other Types of Accreditation?

All business schools say, "we are accredited." But not all accreditation designations are the same. In addition to the basic level of accreditation (institutional accreditation), schools can take quality assurance a step further and earn specialized accreditations for specific degree programs and disciplines—such as for business and engineering.

For business degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctorate level, AACSB Accreditation is the largest and most recognized specialized accreditation worldwide. The requirements for AACSB Accreditation are very stringent. In fact, 86 percent of AACSB-accredited schools say that the AACSB Accreditation Standards are the most stringent as compared to other types of accreditations they hold.

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How Does AACSB Accreditation Help My Child Get a Job After Graduation?

First and foremost, companies worldwide seek students from AACSB-accredited business schools. AACSB-accredited schools, report that they have more employers that are interested in their students than before they were accredited. And, that their graduates receive higher, more competitive salaries. Business schools also have reported that they know of employers that only recruit from AACSB-accredited schools.

AACSB Accreditation ensures that a school is teaching a student what employers need—the latest ideas in business, theories, and practical skills; the ability to communicate effectively; professionalism, ethics, and responsibility; the understanding of financial markets and accounting regulations, and more.

In addition to challenging classes, the faculty at AACSB-accredited business schools are among the most experienced and knowledgeable in their fields. After graduation, your students will have a range of professional skills that will be extremely valuable to employers.

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At AACSB-Accredited Schools, Are Professors and Classes More Challenging?

Yes and yes. As reported by 91 percent of AACSB-accredited schools, AACSB Accreditation "helps to produce higher-caliber, better-educated graduates who are more desirable to prospective employers."

AACSB-accredited faculty:

  • have more opportunities to share and work with international partners.
  • are higher performers as measured by student satisfaction surveys.
  • have declined positions at institutions that do not hold AACSB Accreditation.

Additionally, AACSB-accredited schools are required to develop codes of conduct for their faculty members and employ a sufficient number of staff to ensure the quality of the business programs being offered. Schools also must support their faculty by providing mentoring and professional development opportunities.

Business faculty members are required to have very distinct and high levels of educational and professional qualifications. They must ensure that students are learning in the classroom and that their instructional materials are effective. Faculty must challenge students and provide them with timely performance evaluations.

As far as coursework, AACSB Accreditation requires a school to have relevant, challenging business classes that are frequently evaluated based on their ability to prepare students for success in the workplace.

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What Does a Business School Have to Do to Become AACSB Accredited?

Achieving AACSB Accreditation is a rigorous process. Each accreditation standard assesses a school's ability to perform in critical areas, such as teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. Generally, it takes a lot of work and time to meet all of the AACSB Accreditation Standards.

Here's a simplified version of how the process works:

  • A school must have the ability to grant degrees in their country and have the appropriate local/regional institutional accreditation.
  • AACSB begins by working with the school to develop a plan to meet the accreditation standards and its own strategic goals.
  • Committees and mentors are assigned to help the school implement their accreditation and strategic plans.
  • Once the mentors believe the school has met the standards, a review team, made up of highly experienced educators and business school administrators, will visit the school and make a recommendation for accreditation.
  • The review team's recommendation is given to an accreditation committee and the AACSB Board of Directors for final approval.
  • Many times, a school will have to return to the mentors and committees for further development.
  • Finally, if all parties believe the school has satisfied the standards, it is granted with AACSB Accreditation for its business programs. (All of them.)
  • The business school must then be reviewed every five years to ensure it continues to meet the standards.

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