The Division of Business at Concord University is fully engaged in the rigorous process of seeking accreditation with the AACSB external accrediting agency for higher education in business education. The AACSB – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – “…advances quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services” as indicated by the organization’s mission (www.aacsb.edu). This accrediting body represents quality in continuous improvement for business programs and graduates.
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.
The Division of Business and Accreditation Efforts
The Division of Business at Concord University first considered seeking accreditation through the 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 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 AACSB would certainly meet and sustain the Division’s strategic goal for continuous improvement. The Division of Business has made significant progress toward the criteria set for accreditation.