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What is AACSB International?

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business  

Q. What is The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)? 

A. AACSB International is our main accreditation source for business. Middle States Commission of Higher Education is the basic accreditation for the entire University and AACSB is just for business.

Q. Why does it matter to me if the College of Business is accredited? 

A. AACSB International accreditation is your way to show the education you received is of the highest quality. Your future employers recognize it is a sign of excellence in business education.

Q. Does every university have AACSB International accreditation? 

A. No, less than 6% of the world's 16,500 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation: 850 worldwide and 26 in Pennsylvania. The John L. Grove College of Business was the first in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and has been accredited since 1981.

Q. Doesn't the accreditation last forever? 

A. No, it is reaffirmed every five years under the new guidelines. The examining team was here in 2015 - 2016 and our BSBA and MBA programs were reaffirmed for accreditation. 

Q. What happens when they are here? 

A. The team examines documentation prepared by the John L. Grove College of Business. They talk with the John L. Grove College of Business faculty, administrators, alumni, staff, and many of the students. After thoroughly reviewing every aspect of our College of Business in relation to the AACSB International Standards, the team will meet with Dean, Provost, and President to discuss their recommendations. 

Q. What is my role? 

A. We hope you will agree to meet with the examiners if requested. We hope you tell the story of our College of Business and help the examiners get a clear picture of the Grove College of Business. 

Q. Does it look like we will pass? 

A. Nothing is ever guaranteed in business. But, we have held the accreditation since 1981, and we believe the Grove College of Business is better now than ever. We have a new core, new majors, a new minor, high tech facilities, and excellent faculty, staff, and students.