I think most business schools across America and around the world would agree that accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the gold standard for business schools. It is the paragon of excellence. To put this in perspective, there are approximately 13,000 business schools in existence worldwide. Of these schools, only 716 hold the AACSB accreditation. That’s less than 5 percent!
The Cameron School of Business at UNCW just received notice that the AACSB approved maintenance of Cameron’s accreditation status, meaning Cameron is part of this gilt-edged group! This is important to the university, school, students and faculty, but also to the community and prospective employers.
According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top 10 things employers look for in new college graduates are:
Business schools with AACSB accreditation have degree programs designed to provide students with the knowledge, tools and skills needed to be successful. The guidelines that AACSB uses for accreditation qualifications are called “standards.” There are 15 standards that fall into categories including Strategic Management and Innovation and Academic and Professional Engagement. Standards 8-12, the Learning and Teaching standards, require the transmission and mastery of the knowledge and skills listed above. Let’s take a look at the skill and knowledge areas required for accredited universities:
Skill and Knowledge Areas Required in AACSB Standards 8-12
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