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The Board of Directors of the IACBE votes not to pursue discussions with the ACBSP.

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IACBE Board of Directors Votes Not to Explore “Combination Opportunites”
with the ACBSP

Orlando, Florida, USA (April 2013) – At its Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting in Orlando, Florida, April 17, 2013, the Board of Directors of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) voted overwhelmingly not to pursue discussions with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) regarding the exploration of "combination opportunities" between the two accrediting bodies for business and management education.

The decision of the IACBE Board reflects the directors' belief that such a combination of the two accrediting bodies would not be in the best interests of the Assembly or its membership. In particular, the decision of the board not to pursue discussions with the ACBSP was taken for the following specific reasons:

  • The IACBE is distinctively different in its approach to advancing academic quality in business and management education. The philosophies of accreditation, quality assurance processes, accreditation practices, and organizational cultures of the two accrediting bodies are incompatible.
  • The IACBE has a unique, distinctive, and stronger value proposition for the quality assurance of business programs in comparison to the ACBSP.
  • There are significant differences between the IACBE's Accreditation Principles and the ACBSP's Standards and Criteria for accreditation. The IACBE evaluates academic quality in terms of educational outcomes whereas the ACBSP focuses more on prescriptive standards for the inputs into the educational process.
  • Maintaining separate accrediting organizations promotes healthy competition thereby preserving clear alternative accreditation choices for institutions of higher education worldwide.

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The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 in response to the expressed needs of presidents, chief academic officers, and business deans and chairs who wanted an accreditation process that was mission-driven and outcomes-based. The IACBE is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world.

The IACBE’s mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs. The IACBE has hundreds of member institutions and campuses worldwide, and has accredited over 1,000 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.

The IACBE’s World Headquarters are located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, 66215, USA. For more information about the IACBE, please contact us here.

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