Undergrad and Grad Programs Retain AACSB Accreditation


In business school circles, few seals of approval match the prestige of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The AACSB is a global organization that gives its endorsement to less than five percent of North American universities. Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Administration has been in that elite company for 20-plus years and will be for another five after recently passing its Continuous Improvement Review.

AACSB sets forth difficult criteria for initial accreditation, taking into account broad factors like overall program quality and strategic direction. It also scrutinizes small details like an institution’s organized framework for tracking and supporting day-to-day operations. The review process follows a different routine though.

The CIR not only requires schools meet initial standards, a business college must also progress in sustaining innovation, engagement and impact. A peer review portion of the evaluation brought officials from different North American universities to the Cal Poly Pomona campus where the team spent three days conducting interviews and reviewing documents.

Obtaining AACSB accreditation is known worldwide as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn, according to AACSB. To be able to prove that on the first try was a huge victory for Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Administration.

Securing continued AACBS accreditation for both its undergraduate and graduate program is one of many achievements the College of Business Administration has enjoyed this year. Also on the list of honors is a spot in Princeton Review’s “Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition.”