The fundamental purpose of AACSB accreditation is to challenge business educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement in their business programs. AACSB achieves this purpose by defining a set of rigorous criteria and standards, coordinating peer reviews and consultation, and recognizing high-quality business schools.
AACSB’s business standards have continued to be revised to ensure quality and continuous improvement in collegiate business education throughout the years. The last major revision occurred in 2013 after more than two years of study and collaboration with the global business education community and employer organizations. The 15 standards are organized into four categories: strategic management and innovation; participants—students, faculty, and professional staff; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement. The standards are built around the three themes of engagement, innovation, and impact. These themes are integrated throughout the standards to challenge and assist schools in striving for continuous quality improvement.
AACSB routinely seeks feedback from membership on ways we can improve the accreditation standards. The changes described below are based on feedback from peer review teams, accreditation committees, deans, and other representatives from the business education community. They reflect our commitment to continuous improvement in support of AACSB Business Accreditation. Key updates to the business accreditation standards made in July 2018 are summarized below.
Download 2013 Business Standards
(2018 updates effective January 1, 2019)
Standards 2018 Update
(effective January 1, 2019)
with Tracked Changes