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Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business


AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International, was founded in 1916, and began its accreditation function with the adoption of the first standards in 1919. It is the professional association for college and university management education and the premier accrediting agency for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. 

AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.  Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International membership connects your organization to the global network of educational institutions, corporate and nonprofit organizations.

Accreditation is a process of voluntary, non-governmental review of educational institutions and programs. Specialized agencies award accreditation for professional programs and academic units in particular fields of study. As a specialized agency, AACSB International grants accreditation for undergraduate and graduate business administration and accounting programs. Institutional accreditation reviews entire colleges and universities.

AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.

Benefits include: 

  • Research and survey projects on topics specific to the field of management education

  • A wide variety of publications and special reports on trends and issues within management education

  • Business administration and accounting accreditation and peer review services

  • Professional development programs for faculty and administrators 

  • Involvement opportunities for corporate and educational members on a variety of projects and initiatives 

  • Liaison and collaboration with management education disciplinary associations, regional dean associations, and counterpart management education associations worldwide

Through accreditation, business schools provide stakeholders with the assurance that they:

  • Guide educational delivery by a carefully constructed mission
  • Select and support students to produce outstanding graduates
  • Deliver degree programs with qualified faculty
  • Structure learning through relevant curricula
  • Contribute to knowledge through research and scholarship

Becoming a member of AACSB International, supports the College of Business Administration (CBA), Kuwait University (KU), in achieving its management education quality and continuous improvement goals. The association brings together collegiate management education administrators and faculty, with business sector  stakeholders, to focus on the challenges affecting success within the global management education environment.

The aspects of suggested change and development must involve a conclusive revaluation of the academic degrees offered by CBA, which include a Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing, and Quantitative Methods and Information Systems. As well as increasing the number of general knowledge courses in the study plan where it makes up at least 50% of the total credits.

The English language will be the uniform language of instruction in all the courses offered. Therefore, freshmen students will take one prep year of intensive English courses in which at the end the student will be able to pass the TOEFL or BECK examinations. The level of English competence determines how long the student needs to spend in the prep year.

During the academic year 2000, CBA applied for accreditation eligibility to the AACSB International, and succeeded in obtaining it in our very first attempt. Although we were asked to apply for the initial accreditation for CBA in the following year, 2001, we opted to strengthen our strategic management practices at CBA to fully satisfy the AACSB accreditation standards in six areas of CBA management.

Following the approval of the eligibility application in 2000, the following specific actions were taken towards the goal of obtaining AACSB accreditation:

  • Six faculty subcommittees were appointed, i) Mission and Objectives, ii) Faculty Composition and Development, iii) Curriculum Content and Evaluation, iv) Instructional Resources and Responsibilities, v) Students, and vi) Intellectual Contributions. They are headed by an AACSB Accreditation Steering Committee, to comprehensively review the compliance of the the AACSB standards. The work of these Subcommittees resulted in an Initial Self Evaluation Report in 2001. this report systematically identified strengths and weaknesses in relation to the AACSB standards.

  • The CBA vision, mission, and objectives has been finalized with the inputs gathered from both the internal and external stakeholders of CBA.

  • The academic objectives of each of the degree programs offered by CBA were also developed according to the AACSB requirements.

  • A comprehensive CBA Processes Manual has been prepared by the Subcommittees.

  • Departmental coordinators have been appointed for the specific purpose of facilitating the prompt completion of the AACSB’s related activities at the departmental level.

  • The undergraduate degree curriculum was comprehensively revised to reflect the global standards and will be implemented at the start of the academic year 2002-2003.

  • A computerized database has been created for all the professional resumes of all the CBA faculty members.

  • Course outlines have been prepared for all the courses offered at CBA, both graduate and undergraduate levels, with a standard format as outlined by the AACSB standards.

  • Teaching portfolios have been prepared for most of the courses taught at CBA.

  • A set of outcome measures are being prepared for use during the academic year 2002-2003, which provide evidence of achieving the various objectives of CBA.

  • Currently, a carefully thought out strategic plan is being implemented at CBA.

With the progress made with the various AACSB standards, related to the strategic management practices at CBA, the documents have been reviewed and evaluated by experienced international consultants to ensure that we are advancing on the right path. As a part of this effort, one of our consultants, Dean Tom Gutteridge of the University of Connecticut, USA, has paid us a visit this year. He has met with various faculty groups, as well as the University Rector and Vice-Rector to discuss our progress towards the strategic goal of AACSB accreditation.

We have declared the academic year 2002-2003 as CBA’s Self Evaluation Year. During the coming academic year, we will be preparing the Final Self Evaluation Report for CBA’s initial accreditation in Fall 2003.

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