AACSB Accreditation: The Highest Standard in Business Education
With a 100-year history as the highest standard of accreditation for business schools, AACSB International (AACSB) prides itself as being the leader of excellence for students pursuing a business degree, as well as an innovator for business school faculty and staff alike.
For students, AACSB’s accreditation seal serves as a mark of quality assurance—one that signals that an institution is committed to maintaining a rich learning environment driven by high-quality faculty, supportive staff, and rigorous and relevant curricula.
AACSB’s accredits many schools that are pushing the boundaries on innovative curriculum and a futuristic mindset, offering high-quality programming around the world. Known and respected globally, AACSB currently accredits 736 institutions in nearly 50 countries and territories – all this while connecting a network of more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to advancing quality management education.
“Pursuing a business degree is an important investment,” explained Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer of AACSB International, Robert Reid. “Whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, there are many factors to consider—but an underlying prerequisite for any business program should be its AACSB accreditation.”
For faculty and staff, AACSB helps to facilitate this level of quality by connecting business schools worldwide, convening the sharpest minds of the industry, sharing knowledge and experiences through professional development events, and encouraging information-sharing on emerging issues – all while enabling schools to learn from and grow with one another.
“We are a convener,” continued Mr. Reid. “AACSB is an organization that brings business schools together to talk about things that are of mutual interest and really try to figure out the challenges and how they are being addressed – what’s working and what’s not working across the network.”
Across the Latin and South America regions, 75 business schools are members of AACSB International, and of those, 17 schools are accredited and more than 14 are in various stages within the initial process. Each take advantage of AACSB’s quality improvement framework, as well as the many faculty development and networking opportunities provided.
Director General of CENTRUM Católica, and Chair of AACSB’s Latin American and Caribbean Advisory Council, Fernando D’Alessio explained why Brazilian students should strongly consider applying to AACSB-accredited schools: “Worldwide, less than 5% of the world’s approximate 16,400 institutions offering business degrees have earned AACSB Accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools are considered to be the best business schools in the world. The accreditation standards ensure that these business schools are best in class in how they meet the needs of their core stakeholders – students and employers. [AACSB schools] have the highest quality faculty, relevant and challenging curriculum, and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.”
For more information on AACSB Accreditation, visit www.AACSB.edu/AACSB-accredited, or to search for an AACSB-accredited institution visit www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/accredited-members/global-listing.