Continuous Improvement Review
The AACSB continuous improvement review (CIR) process is conducted every five years and creates an ongoing focus of continuous improvement. This signals that an AACSB-accredited institution has documented continuous improvements in support of its stated mission and strategic management plan to sustain AACSB accreditation status.
On July 1, two years prior to the continuous improvement review, each institution is asked to submit a CIR application to initiate the continuous improvement review process.
No later than 60 days prior to the peer review team visit, a CIR report should be submitted via myAccreditation. The CIR report is intended to be organized around the themes of the business accreditation standards—engagement, innovation, and impact. as well as the four focus areas of the 2013 standards and the three focus areas of the 2020 standards.
Documents should be completed, saved, and submitted via myAccreditation by the predetermined due dates. If you have any questions, contact your AACSB accreditation staff liaison.
For accounting accreditation, please see accounting-specific CIR documents.
Handbooks and Processes
CIR Handbook (Business and Accounting)
Roles and Responsibilities
Policies and Procedures
Accreditation Learning Journey: Newly Accredited Schools
2013 Standards Sample Tables
Sample Table 2-1
Sample Table 2-2
Sample Table 15-1
Sample Table 15-2
2020 Standards Sample Tables
Sample Table 2-1
Sample Table 3-1
Sample Table 3-2
Sample Table 5-1 (Optional)
Sample Table 8-1
Sample Table 9-1 (Optional)
Continuous Improvement Review Timelines
2020 Required Documentation
2020 Continuous Improvement Review Application—2020
2013 Required Documentation
Continuous Improvement Review Outline and Guidelines
2020 Required Documentation – Visits scheduled July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.
The July 2022 version includes Item #6a along with details of what the Covid-19 addendum should address.
2020 Continuous Improvement Review Outline and Guidelines