Q: Who is ACBSP?
A: The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a leading specialized business accreditation association committed to advancing excellence in business education worldwide. Our member institutions share the common belief that an excellent business education is defined by professors who are committed to teaching, students who come from a diversity of backgrounds, and courses that provide relevant skills for real-world opportunities.
Q: How long has ACBSP been around?
A: ACBSP was founded in 1988 to fulfill a need for specialized accreditation by institutions of higher education with business schools and programs — specifically an accreditation that acknowledged and emphasized quality in teaching and learning outcomes.
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Q: What is the mission of ACBSP?
A: The mission of ACBSP is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.
Q: Where is ACBSP based?
A: ACBSP has offices in Overland Park, Kansas, USA and Brussels, Belgium.
Q: Has ACBSP ever changed its name?
A: Yes. From 1988-2010, ACBSP was the acronym for the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. In 2010, as part of a two-year overall Rebranding Initiative, and after review and recommendation by the Board of Directors, the Bylaws Committee and the Marketing Committee, the membership voted to adopt a new name that would better reflect a growing global presence and better describe the mission of the association. Keeping the acronym that is familiar to many in business higher education, ACBSP became the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
Q: There are other specialized accrediting bodies. What makes ACBSP unique?
A: ACBSP is the only association accrediting business, accounting, and business-related programs at all degree levels — associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels — worldwide. ACBSP was the first business accreditation association to be recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) first in 2001 and again in 2011. We have a vibrant, diverse membership that includes public, private, independent, proprietary, faith-based, and Historically-Black Colleges and Universities.
Q: Are all ACBSP members accredited?
A: No. Membership in ACBSP does not confer accreditation. Member institutions pay annual dues and are eligible for assistance in obtaining accreditation. Some campuses apply to become a candidate for accreditation when they join as members, while others observe the accreditation process before making the decision to pursue accreditation by networking with ACBSP accredited members and attending accreditation sessions at ACBSP events, such as regional meetings, the ACBSP Seminar Series, and the Annual Conference.
ACBSP currently has more than 1,100 campuses in membership. Of those, just over 750 have achieved accreditation and more than 300 are in candidacy for accreditation.