The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,500 member organizations and more than 785 accredited business schools worldwide. With its global headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA; Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. For more information, visit aacsb.edu

Faculty of Business Vision & Mission

Vision » By 2025 Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business will be the first choice of English speaking students seeking a business education degree delivered online.

Mission » The Faculty of Business exists to serve students, business and society by providing internationally recognized, excellent, innovative, challenging and accessible business education.

Athabasca University Mission & Mandate »

Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business continually strives to be an educational leader as we develop new approaches to teaching and learning, design and deploy new programs, and seek out relationships that foster innovation, quality, and performance. AU has been a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1997-98 and is now pursuing AACSB accreditation as the next step in our development journey.

What is AACSB accreditation and why is it important?

The AACSB accreditation process is a meticulous and comprehensive review of the school’s mission, quality of teaching, research breadth and depth, and program and curriculum development. It is a voluntary process that includes in-depth evaluations and reviews by peers, committees, and school assigned mentors.

AACSB accreditation is the benchmark of quality business education requiring a serious long-term commitment of up to five years to complete. Even once a school has received accreditation, it continues to be reviewed every five years to ensure that it not only maintains the highest educational standards but that it continues to innovate. Accredited schools are considered to be the best in the world representing the highest standard of achievement – fewer than five per cent of business schools worldwide are AACSB accredited.

Simplified accreditation process

Milestones and achievements at a glance

1998: Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business become AACSB member

2009 Centre for Innovative Management + School of Business merge to form Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business

March 2015: Eligibility application submitted

May 2015: Faculty retreat – five year strategic plan consultation

May 2015: Initial accreditation committee (IAC) approves eligibility application

May 2015: Dr. Chip Wiggins, Bentley University, appointed AACSB mentor

August 2015: Dr. Wiggins site visit to the Faculty of Business

January 2016: Initial Self Evaluation Report (iSER) steering committee struck and begins developing iSER report

February 2016: Faculty retreat – Faculty qualifications and assurance of learning forum

July 2016: Dr. Wiggins second site visit – review of iSER

October 2016: iSER submitted to AACSB

January 2017: Recommended revisions required to iSER