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Why You Should Hire an AACSB-Accredited Business School Graduate

Not all business school graduates are the same. Some attend quality programs, some do not.

Are you hiring quality business graduates?

AACSB Accreditation ensures that business school graduates learn from the best and are ready to perform on day one. Research has found that AACSB-accredited schools have better faculty, curriculum, students, and graduates than other non-accredited institutions.

Specific research findings show that AACSB-accredited schools

  • have more stringent hiring standards for their faculty.
  • are required to have established assurance of learning methods.
  • have undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students with higher overall GPAs.
  • have more undergraduates that decide to pursue master's degrees.
  • AACSB-accredited schools are located worldwide in more than 40 countries.

Common Questions About AACSB-Accredited Business Schools for Job Recruiters

Do AACSB-Accredited Schools Have Higher-Quality Programs, Faculty, and Graduates?
How Does AACSB Accreditation Ensure Student Learning?
Should We Choose to Only Hire Graduates from AACSB-Accredited Schools?
Do AACSB-Accredited Schools Have Executive and Online Programs for Current Employees?


Do AACSB-Accredited Schools Have Higher-Quality Programs, Faculty, and Graduates?

Yes. Research has shown that AACSB Accreditation increases the quality of the business programs offered, faculty involved, and overall GPAs of students that have graduated.

Program Quality

Of surveyed AACSB-accredited schools worldwide,

  • 95 percent reported that AACSB Accreditation ultimately improves the quality of their business programs
  • 95 percent reported that AACSB Accreditation provides a platform for managing the school, tracking progress, and identifying areas for improvement
  • 93 percent reported that AACSB Accreditation has a continuous positive effect on their ongoing curricula development, program design, and delivery methods*

Faculty Quality

Of surveyed AACSB-accredited schools worldwide,

  • 91 percent reported that AACSB Accreditation enhances their ability to recruit and retain quality faculty
  • 88 percent reported that AACSB Accreditation enables their school to increase its hiring standards and ultimately select higher quality faculty*
  • 66 percent reported an increase in the quality of their faculty (as reported by student surveys) following the achievement of AACSB Accreditation**

Graduate Quality

Of surveyed AACSB-accredited schools worldwide,

  • 89 percent reported that AACSB Accreditation helps them to produce higher caliber, better educated graduates who are more desirable to prospective employers*
  • 83 percent reported an increase in the number of recruiters and employers that were interested in their graduates after achieving AACSB Accreditation**

* Based on responses from deans at 305 AACSB-accredited and in-process institutions from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and the Oceania.

** Based on responses from deans at 234 AACSB-accredited institutions from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania.

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How Does AACSB Accreditation Ensure Student Learning?

The AACSB Accreditation Standards have specific requirements that help schools develop effective learning environments, as well as measure learning outcomes. In fact, AACSB has an entire set of its standards that are specifically dedicated to the assurance of learning at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral level. The standards also define faculty requirements, such as qualifications and numbers. All in all, ensuring that students have the best curricula, professors, and learning opportunities.

According to a study of business schools worldwide, 91 percent of deans agreed that AACSB Accreditation is the premier business accreditation worldwide. Seventy-two percent of the same set of schools also reported that the AACSB Accreditation Standards are either extremely or very stringent.*

* Based on responses from deans at 305 AACSB-accredited and in-process institutions from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania.

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Should We Choose to Only Hire Graduates from AACSB-Accredited Schools?

If your organization decided to only hire graduates from AACSB-accredited schools, you would not be the first. According to survey of business school deans, approximately 20% are aware of companies that only recruit from AACSB-accredited business degree programs. Deans also reported an increasing trend in the percentage of businesses/partners in their region that were concerned about whether a school has AACSB Accreditation or not (currently at 35 percent).*

* Based on responses from deans at 305 AACSB-accredited and in-process institutions from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania.

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Do AACSB-Accredited Schools Have Executive and Online Programs for Current Employees?

Yes, there are a variety of AACSB-accredited schools worldwide that offer online, distance, and executive education programs for current employees—all with the quality assurance of AACSB Accreditation. AACSB Accreditation Standards do not stipulate program delivery mode, as long as students are provided effective learning environments, quality faculty, and ample access to the resources they need to learn the knowledge and skills necessary for today's demanding workplace.

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