Reaffirmation, Accounting, and New Program Accreditation Processes

The processes for accreditation are set to accommodate each type of program. For detailed information on each program type, visit the sections below:

Accreditation Process Flowchart – Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Reaffirmation of accreditation is required for an academic business unit to maintain its accredited status. For the business programs of an academic business unit to be considered for reaffirmation of accreditation by the IACBE, the academic business unit must follow the process summarized below:


Be an Accredited Member in Good Standing
Submit Application Materials for Reaffirmation of Accreditation
Schedule Site Visit
Attend the Workshop on Developing a Comprehensive Outcomes Assessment Plan
Attend the Workshop on Preparing an Effective Self-Study
Prepare and Submit Self-Study
Undergo an Accreditation Site Visit
Receive and Respond to Site Visit Report
Undergo Accreditation Review by Board of Commissioners
Board of Commissioners Determines Accreditation Status of Business Programs


Reaffirmation of Accreditation Requirements

Reaffirmation of accreditation is required for an academic business unit to maintain its accredited status. For the business programs of an academic business unit to be considered for reaffirmation of accreditation by the IACBE, the academic business unit must:

  1. Have at least one set of graduates for which there are outcomes assessment results for each program to be considered for accreditation.
  2. Submit an application for reaffirmation of accreditation, an application supplement containing programmatic information, and pay its application fee. Applications must be approved and signed by the institution’s chief executive officer (i.e., president, chancellor, director general), affirming the academic business unit’s commitment to abide by the IACBE’s accreditation policies and procedures and to attaining and maintaining excellence in business education. The application must be submitted and the fee must be paid prior to the beginning of the self-study year.
  1. Attend a workshop on “Developing a Comprehensive Outcomes Assessment Plan” and “Preparing an Effective Self-Study” The workshops must be completed within one year immediately prior to the beginning of the self-study year.
  2. Prepare a self-study that includes a fully implemented outcomes assessment plan and at least one complete set of outcomes assessment results for the programs included in the review.
  3. Undergo a site visit.
  4. Be reviewed by the IACBE Board of Commissioners.

If two or more institutions have the same parent institution, organization, or entity, or if an institution is a branch campus or a separate educational or instructional site of another institution, and if the institutions maintain separate institutional names, then the academic business units in these institutions must maintain separate memberships with and undergo separate accreditation reviews by the IACBE.

Guidelines for preparing the self-study are found in the IACBE’s Self-Study Manual. It is essential that these guidelines be followed when preparing the self-study. Incomplete, inaccurate, or poorly organized information may jeopardize a program’s potential for accreditation.

A preliminary draft copy of the self-study must be submitted to IACBE headquarters at least 120 days prior to the site visit. Upon receipt of the draft self-study, IACBE staff will contact the academic business unit to schedule a telephone consultation to conduct an initial technical review of the self-study for completeness and accuracy. This technical review will not include any judgments regarding the quality of the responses contained in the self-study, nor will it evaluate the extent of the academic business unit’s compliance with the IACBE’s Accreditation Principles, policies, and requirements. These determinations are the prerogative of and will be made by the site-visit team and the Board of Commissioners.

 

The purposes of the technical review are:

  • to identify any technical issues associated with the academic business unit’s self-study (i.e., missing, incomplete, and/or inaccurate information) and
  • to help to ensure a smooth visit by the site-visit team. Any missing or incomplete responses and inaccurate information will be communicated to the academic business unit during the technical review consultation.

Subsequent to the review, the academic business unit will then revise its self-study accordingly to ensure that it is complete, addresses all Accreditation Principles, and is in the appropriate format with accurate tables. The revised, final self-study must be submitted to IACBE headquarters at least 60 days prior to the site visit. No explicit site visit travel arrangements will be made and no site visits will be conducted until the IACBE has received the final self-study documents.

If accreditation is granted, it will cover a time period not to exceed seven years. Under extenuating circumstances, an extension of an academic business unit’s accredited status may be requested upon written petition to the Board of Commissioners. In those cases in which an extension is granted, academic business units may be required to pay an extension fee and to undergo a mentoring visit in order to address the issues that led to the extension request.

Note: In addition to the required workshop on “Developing a Comprehensive Outcomes Assessment Plan,” academic business units applying for reaffirmation of accreditation are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop on “Preparing an Effective Self-Study” in order to familiarize themselves with current IACBE expectations and requirements relating to its Accreditation Principles.


New Program Accreditation

New Program Review Process

If an institution and its academic business unit begin to offer new business programs after accreditation has been granted, but before the next reaffirmation review, then the IACBE must be notified of these new program offerings. For IACBE purposes, a new business program is defined to be any business program that:

  • is added to an institution’s offerings subsequent to the granting of accreditation;
  • is substantially different than the programs that are already accredited by the IACBE; and
  • does not appear in the listing of accredited programs that are identified in the institution’s accreditation letter.

These new programs may be newly created, or they may be existing programs transferred to the academic accounting unit to administer.

If the academic business unit wishes to have any new business programs accredited prior to its next reaffirmation review, the following criteria must be satisfied:

  • Each new program must have at least one set of graduates for which there are learning outcome assessment results.
  • A self-study must be submitted for the new programs that addresses the ‘New Program Accreditation Principles’ as detailed in the New Program Accreditation Manual.
  • An outcomes assessment plan that addresses student learning assessment must be developed for each new program.

Requirements for New Program Accreditation 

For the new business programs of an academic business unit to be considered for accreditation by the IACBE, the academic business unit must:

  1. Submit an application for new program accreditation, an application supplement containing programmatic information, and pay the application fee. Applications must be approved and signed by the institution’s chief executive officer (i.e., president, chancellor, director general), affirming the academic business unit’s commitment to abide by the IACBE’s accreditation policies and procedures and to attaining and maintaining excellence in business education. The application must be submitted and the fee must be paid at least 180 days prior to the Board of Commissioners review of the new programs.
  2. Submit an outcomes assessment plan that addresses student learning assessment for each new program for which the academic business unit is seeking accreditation. The assessment plan must encompass all of the new programs, must conform to IACBE expectations and requirements as outlined in the IACBE document entitled Guidelines for Preparing an Outcomes Assessment Plan,” and must be prepared using the assessment plan template developed by the IACBE.
  3. Prepare a new program self-study.
  4. If applicable, undergo a site-visit (contact the IACBE to determine if the program will require a site visit).
  5. Be reviewed by the IACBE Board of Commissioners.

Until the Board of Commissioners has reviewed and granted accreditation to any new programs, the academic business unit and its parent institution must not list the new programs among those that are accredited by the IACBE.

Guidelines for preparing the new program self-study are found in the IACBE’s New Program Accreditation Manual. It is essential that these guidelines be followed when preparing the self-study. Incomplete, inaccurate, or poorly organized information may jeopardize a program’s potential for accreditation.

A preliminary draft copy of the self-study must be submitted to IACBE headquarters at least 90 days prior to the scheduled review by the IACBE Board of Commissioners. Upon receipt of the draft self-study, IACBE staff will contact the academic business unit to schedule a telephone consultation for the purpose of conducting an initial technical review of the self-study for completeness and accuracy. This technical review will not include any judgments regarding the quality of the responses contained in the self-study, nor will it evaluate the extent of the academic business unit’s compliance with the IACBE’s Accreditation Principles, policies, and requirements. These determinations are the prerogative of and will be made by the Board of Commissioners.

The purposes of the technical review are:

  • to identify any technical issues associated with the academic business unit’s self-study (i.e., missing, incomplete, and/or inaccurate information) and
  • to help to ensure a smooth visit by the site-visit team. Any missing or incomplete responses and inaccurate information will be communicated to the academic business unit during the technical review consultation.

Subsequent to the review, the academic business unit will then revise its self-study accordingly to ensure that it is complete, addresses all Accreditation Principles, and is in the appropriate format with accurate tables. The revised, final self-study must be submitted to IACBE headquarters at least 30 days prior to the review by the Board of Commissioners. No accreditation review will be conducted until the IACBE has received the final self-study documents.

Accounting Program Accreditation

 


Be an Accredited Member in Good Standing
Submit Application Materials for Accounting Program Accreditation
Schedule Site Visit
Prepare and Submit Self-Study
Undergo an Accounting Accreditation Site Visit
Receive and Respond to Site Visit Report
Undergo Accreditation Review by Board of Commissioners
Board of Commissioners Determines Accreditation Status of Accounting Programs


Requirements for Special Accounting Accreditation

Special Accounting Accreditation is optional. For the accounting programs of an academic business unit to be considered for special accounting accreditation by the IACBE, the academic business unit must:

  1. Have at least one set of graduates for which there are outcomes assessment results for each program to be considered for accreditation.
  2. Submit an application for special accounting accreditation, an application supplement containing programmatic information, and pay its application fee. Applications must be approved and signed by the institution’s chief executive officer (i.e., president, chancellor, director general), affirming the academic business unit’s commitment to abide by the IACBE’s accreditation policies and procedures and to attaining and maintaining excellence in business education. The application must be submitted and the fee must be paid prior to the beginning of the self-study year.
  3. Optional: Attend a workshop on “Developing a Comprehensive Outcomes Assessment Plan” and “Preparing an Effective Self-Study” The workshops should be completed within one year immediately prior to the beginning of the self-study year.
  4. Prepare a self-study that includes a fully implemented outcomes assessment plan and at least one complete set of outcomes assessment results for the programs included in the review.
  5. Undergo a site visit.
  6. Be reviewed by the IACBE Board of Commissioners.

Guidelines for preparing the self-study are found in the IACBE’s Accounting Accreditation Principles and Criteria Manual. It is essential that these guidelines be followed when preparing the self-study. Incomplete, inaccurate, or poorly organized information may jeopardize a program’s potential for accreditation.

A preliminary draft copy of the self-study must be submitted to IACBE headquarters at least 120 days prior to the site visit. Upon receipt of the draft self-study, IACBE staff will contact the academic business unit to schedule a telephone consultation to conduct an initial technical review of the self-study for completeness and accuracy. This technical review will not include any judgments regarding the quality of the responses contained in the self-study, nor will it evaluate the extent of the academic business unit’s compliance with the IACBE’s Special Accounting Accreditation Principles and Criteria. These determinations are the prerogative of and will be made by the site-visit team and the Board of Commissioners.

The purposes of the technical review are:

  • to identify any technical issues associated with the academic business unit’s self-study (i.e., missing, incomplete, and/or inaccurate information) and
  • to help to ensure a smooth visit by the site-visit team. Any missing or incomplete responses and inaccurate information will be communicated to the academic business unit during the technical review consultation.

Subsequent to the review, the academic business unit will then revise its self-study accordingly to ensure that it is complete, addresses all Accounting Accreditation Principles and Criteria, and is in the appropriate format with accurate tables. The revised, final self-study must be submitted to IACBE headquarters at least 60 days prior to the site visit. No explicit site visit travel arrangements will be made and no site visits will be conducted until the IACBE has received the final self-study documents.

If accreditation is granted, it will cover a time period not to exceed seven years or the length of time remaining for the academic business unit’s currently accredited business programs, whichever is less. Under extenuating circumstances, an extension of an academic business unit’s accredited status may be requested upon written petition to the Board of Commissioners. In those cases in which an extension is granted, academic business units may be required to pay an extension fee and to undergo a mentoring visit in order to address the issues that led to the extension request.