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How AACSB Accreditation Affects Faculty

Faculty at CSUSM CoBA

CSUSM College of Business Administration Receives AACSB Accreditation  

The College of Business Administration is proud to announce that it has received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This accreditation demonstrates the college's dedication to academic quality and high standards as outlined by the stringent requirements of AACSB. It places the college among the top 5% of business schools worldwide. Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting learners, educators, and businesses worldwide. AACSB maintains strict standards for its nearly 900 leading business school members, focusing on mission and strategic management, support for students, faculty and staff, learning and teaching, and academic and professional engagement of students and faculty. 

How does AACSB improve the quality of CSUSM Business Education

To receive accreditation the college completed a rigorous review process conducted by peers in the business education community, ensuring that the college has the resources, credentials, and commitment needed to provide students with a first-rate, future-focused business education.   
The AACSB Accreditation Standards have specific requirements that helps CSUSM CoBA develop effective learning environments, as well as measure learning outcomes. In fact, the college has an entire set of its own standards that are specifically dedicated to the assurance of learning at the undergraduate and master's level. The standards also define faculty requirements, such as qualifications and number of tenure-track instructors. Overall, this accreditation ensures that students have the best curricula, professors, and learning opportunities. 

At an AACSB-accredited school faculty and staff have ... 

  • higher quality peers with advanced academic and professional credentials
  • greater access to the business community 
  • classes with higher quality students 
  • a sense of pride for their school that results in an improved internal culture 
  • a concrete framework to continually measure program and school quality 
  • more opportunities to collaborate internationally

Impact of Accreditation on Program and Student Quality 

AACSB Accreditation, has a continuous positive effect on ongoing curricula development, program design, and delivery methods. AACSB Accreditation enhances COBA’s ability to effectively compete with other schools for quality students. The accreditation will lead to higher quality undergraduate, and master's applicants. With regards to retention rates and learning outcomes, accredited institutions reported an increase in retention and graduation rates, as well as overall GPAs.  

Benefits to Operations 

The process of AACSB Accreditation provides a framework for schools to further develop and AACSB Accreditation provides a platform for managing the school, tracking progress, and identifying areas for improvement. AACSB Accreditation has a continuous positive effect on their ongoing curricula development, program design, and delivery methods. 

Quality Peers at an AACSB-Accredited School

AACSB Accreditation enables the college to increase hiring standards and ultimately select higher quality faculty. AACSB Accreditation also allows for more opportunities to collaborate and partner with other high-quality business programs/schools in their country/regions, as well as with others internationally.

An Ongoing Commitment to Quality

Once a school has earned AACSB Accreditation, it is placed on a five-year maintenance cycle. The Continuous Improvement Review process involves peer visits and committee involvement. The objective of the maintenance process is to ensure that AACSB-accredited schools continually improve and maintain their level of quality.