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Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Abbreviation AACSB
  • American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) (1925)
  • The International Association for Management Education (1997)
  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (2001)
Formation 1916
Type NGO
Purpose Educational accreditation
Headquarters Tampa, Florida, United States
Key people
Tom Robinson (President and CEO)

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, also known as AACSB International, is an American professional organization. It was known as the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business. It was founded in 1916 to accredit schools of business. Offering business and accounting accreditation, it is a membership organization; not all its member institutions are accredited. It was regarded as the benchmark for business school quality among the academic community,[1] but later on lost its recognition by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation[2]


The American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business was founded in 1916 by a group of seventeen American universities and colleges.[a][3]:2 In its early years, AACSB was primarily regarded as an accrediting body[4][page needed] The first accreditations took place in 1919. The first school outside of the United States to be accredited by AACSB was the University of Alberta in 1968[5] and the first school outside North America to be accredited was the grande école French business school ESSEC, in 1997.[6][7] For many years, only North American business schools were accredited by AACSB. It was an early supporter of internationalizing business education.[8]

On July 1, 2013, Robert S. Sullivan, Dean of Rady School of Management, was named the chair of the AACSB.[9]

AACSB struggled with its Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognition in 2016. At a board meeting on January 26, 2015, CHEA deferred recognition of AACSB pending satisfaction of its policy requirements for recognition.[10] AACSB withdrew from CHEA recognition on September 23, 2016.[2]

See also



  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ James W. Guthrie (editor) (2003). Encyclopedia of Education, volume 1: A-Commerce. New York: MacMillan Reference USA. ISBN 9780028655949.
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Erin Millar (March 15, 2011). "B-schools work hard to get the stamp of approval". The Globe and Mail. 
  6. ^ "History". ESSEC Business School. 
  7. ^ "ESSEC Business School". Poets & Quants. October 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ John Thanopoulos and Ivan R. Vernon. "International Business Education in the AACSB Schools". Journal of International Business Studies. Palgrave Macmillan Journals (Vol. 18, No. 1 (Spring, 1987)): 91–98. JSTOR 155045. 
  9. ^ "Robert S. Sullivan, Dean of the Rady School of Management, Assumes Chair of AACSB International". SYS-CON Media. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  10. ^ []

Further reading

  • 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