The Division of Business at Concord University is fully engaged in the rigorous process of seeking accreditation with two external accrediting agencies for higher education in business education. The first agency, AACSB – the Association to Advance Collegiate School Business – “…advances quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services” as indicated by the organization’s mission (www.aacsb.edu). ACBSP – Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs -- “…promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world” as evidenced by the mission of this organization (www.acbsp.edu). Both accrediting bodies represent quality in continuous improvement for business programs and graduates.
AACSB and ACBSP Accreditations
Concord University is a member of AACSB International. AACSB International is a membership association of educational institutions, businesses, and not-for-profit and government organizations devoted to the advancement of higher education in business administration and management. Membership does not imply accreditation.
We are also a member of ACBSP – Global Business Accreditation. ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn.
The Division of Business and Accreditation Efforts
The Division of Business at Concord University first considered seeking accreditation through AACSB as the next logical step to insure that the quality for which our programs were known would be maintained and continuously improved. Our plan for accomplishing the goal of accreditation was inspired by the view that the faculty should improve the institution, making it a better place for all current and future stakeholders. We believe that quality programs, quality faculty, and quality students improve the opportunities available to our graduates; along with the academic culture of our Division and our University. Our overarching goal is that our efforts would help improve our region’s economy by preparing our students to develop fulfilling careers, through self-efficacy, which would benefit their employers. Our programs build upon Concord’s strong liberal arts foundation. The Division of Business has made significant progress toward the criteria set for accreditation.
As we continue to seek accreditation with AACSB, strategically the Division faculty and stakeholders, as well as, University administrators reviewed the advantages of seeking a second accreditation with an external accrediting body. Thus, the Division began the process of working with and toward accreditation with ACBSP in summer 2011. The goal of continuous improvement of the business degree program and the continued advancement of faculty credentials are essential to the strategic development of Division of Business graduates. Accreditation with both AACSB and ACBSP would certainly meet and sustain the Division’s strategic goal for continuous improvement.
- Business Precandidacy Application, August 2002
- Updated Accreditation Application, November 2003
- Accreditation Plan, December 2004
- 1st Annual Report 2005
- 1st Annual Report 2005 - CU to IAC
- 2nd Annual Report 2006
- 2nd Annual Report 2006 - CU to IAC
- 3rd Annual Report 2007
- 3rd Annual Report Applicant Profile Sheet 2007