For the business programs of an academic business unit to be considered for first-time accreditation by the IACBE, the academic business unit must follow the process summarized below:
For the business programs of an academic business unit to be considered for first-time accreditation by the IACBE, the academic business unit must:
If two or more institutions have the same parent institution or if an institution provides business programs under different institutional names, separate accreditation may be required. Contact the IACBE office to discuss the options that are available.
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 delay a program’s pursuit of 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 virtual meeting 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 will be made by the Board of Commissioners.
The purposes of the technical review are:
Subsequent to the technical review, the academic business unit will 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 site visit travel arrangements will be made until the IACBE has received the final self-study documents.
Once an academic business unit has been granted accreditation of its business programs by the IACBE, the institution must provide a link on the academic business unit's home page to their Member Status Page. A link to the page will be sent to the academic business unit along with the letter notifying them of their accredited programs. If accreditation is granted, it will cover a time period not to exceed seven years.