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Who We Are

Who We Are



Member campuses in 60 countries



accrediting body for business schools to publish a peer-reviewed scholarly journal

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specialized accreditor for business programs at associate degree schools

What We Do

Founded in 1988, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a global business education accrediting body and the first organization to offer accreditation to all levels of collegiate business educational degree programs from associate to doctoral.

ACBSP ignites a standard of excellence with an accreditation process based on the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence. By evaluating aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials, and educational support, ACBSP assesses whether or not business programs offer a rigorous educational experience and commitment to continuous quality improvement.

Global Distinction

ACBSP has a global network divided geographically into 11 regions. Staff from the world headquarters of ACBSP, along with leadership from the regions, arrange and present workshops and seminars on issues relevant to the field of business education at a series of regional meetings. These meetings are open to all members.

The Associate Degree and Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Boards of Commissioners responsible for making accreditation decisions, reflect ACBSP’s global membership and include representatives form among the 11 regions.

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Our Mission

ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.

ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching. Institutions are strongly encouraged to pursue a reasonable mutually beneficial balance between teaching and research. And further, ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.

Our Vision

Every quality business program worldwide is accredited.

At the heart of ACBSP is the vision to accredit every quality business program worldwide. That vision attracts and unites an extraordinary group of people dedicated to improving the quality of business schools and programs around the world and ultimately improving the practice of business in every industry and country around the world.

ACBSP offers programs, services, and an accreditation process uniquely focused on teaching excellence and student outcomes. And because they believe their success is driven by the success of their members, they align those programs and the accreditation process to meet the individual needs of each member.

Our Commitment to Equality

ACBSP shares a duty with the nation and the world to eliminate the stain that racism has left on society. While these issues do not naturally enter into the purview of accreditation, it is evident they are at the heart of what we must address together. There is much work to do and ACBSP is committed to furthering this pursuit. All of us must look internally and work together to root out the inequities and prejudices that continue to manifest in our culture.

Grounded in the mission of ACBSP are our core values which require leadership as a first step for improvement and this principle means more than just leadership in the classroom. It is this guiding vision with respect for all, inclusiveness, and responsibility that is paramount to our role within higher education and in service to our members.