ABOUT THE IACBE

Who we are


At the IACBE, we believe that academic quality and excellence in business education should be measured in terms of the educational outcomes of an academic business unit relative to its mission rather than by prescriptive standards relating to academic resources.

We work together with you as partners on your journey. Throughout your accreditation journey we are here to provide guidance and support to help you understand the accreditation process and requirements. In addition, we act as a liaison between your institution and the IACBE Board of Commissioners, who will determine your accreditation status.

But our partnership doesn’t end with your certificate of accreditation – at the IACBE we are dedicated to helping you to move your business programs to the forefront in today’s competitive landscape. We provide opportunities to develop as a leader, to engage in professional development, to network with your colleagues, and to share best practices in business education.

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CHEA Recognition

The IACBE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA’s purpose is to scrutinize and affirm the quality of regional, faith-based, private career, and programmatic accre CHEA Accredited Institutionditing organizations. The IACBE accredits business programs that lead to degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in institutions of higher education worldwide that grant bachelor’s and/or graduate degrees. The IACBE, has extended its’ accreditation to business programs of institutions of higher education that offer only associate degree programs with the intent to request that these programs be included in the IACBE’s scope of accreditation with CHEA.

A Brief History of the IACBE

The International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), formerly the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, was founded in 1997 in response to the expressed needs of higher education administrators, business program leaders and faculty who wanted an accreditation process that was mission-driven and outcomes-based. Since that time, the IACBE has grown into the leading outcomes-based professional accreditation agency for business and management education in colleges and universities whose primary purpose is excellence in teaching and learning. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions with campuses worldwide, and has accredited more than 1,800 business and business-related programs worldwide. Significant recent milestones include:
  • 2011 (January), the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) granted recognition to the IACBE
  • 2016, the IACBE membership approved extending accreditation to associate degree business programs offered by community colleges and other two-year institutions
  • 2016, the first institutions with IACBE accredited business programs earned special accounting accreditation for their accounting programs
  • 2017, the IACBE held its 20th anniversary celebration at the annual conference in San Francisco
  • 2017, the IACBE changed its name to the International Accreditation Council for Business Education to more accurately reflect its accreditation services.

More About the IACBE

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Mission, Vision, Goals, and Values

In our shared journey with members toward excellence in business education, the IACBE is guided by a clear mission and vision, and by a set of distinctive goals and core values. (More…)

CHEA Recognition

The IACBE is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). (More…)

The IACBE’s Value Proposition

The IACBE offers a unique ‘diamond’ value proposition for academic business units worldwide. (More…)

Philosophy of Accreditation

It is the philosophy of the IACBE that academic quality and excellence in business education should be measured in terms of the performance of an academic business unit relative to its mission. (More…)

Special Initiatives

The IACBE has implemented several important initiatives that provide significant value-added benefits for our members, like our International Business Education Consortium (IBEC) and our Annual Student Case-Study Competition.

Greater China

Membership assistance for the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. (More…)

IACBE Bylaws

In our shared journey with members toward excellence in business education, the IACBE is guided by governance directed by our core values (More…)

Excellence in Business Education

In order to advance its accreditation mission, the IACBE has defined seventeen excplicit ‘Characteristics of Business Education.’ (More…)