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About the IACBE

About the IACBE

Learn about the IACBE and its history, its mission, its distinctive philosophy of accreditation, its governing boards, and its value to business programs throughout the world.

> History, Scope of Accreditation, Functions of the IACBE

A Brief History of the IACBE


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Business Education Worldwide

The International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) was founded in 1997 in response to the expressed needs of presidents, chief executive officers, chief academic officers, and business deans, chairs, directors, and heads-of-departments who wanted an accreditation process that was not driven by prescriptive standards relating to inputs and resources, but was mission-driven and outcomes-based. At that time, the majority of the four-year colleges and universities in the United States that offered degrees in business were not recognized, and could not become recognized, by the existing business accrediting bodies. Similarly, hundreds of institutions of higher education located outside of the United States were unable to obtain specialized accreditation for their business programs.

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 and campuses worldwide, and has accredited over 1,300 business and business-related programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and South America.

In January 2011, the IACBE achieved a significant milestone when the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) granted recognition to the IACBE.

Scope of Accreditation

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 does not accredit business programs of institutions of higher education that offer only associate degrees in business.

Functions of the IACBE

In advancing its goals, the IACBE:

  • recognizes high-quality business education by granting specialized programmatic accreditation;
  • develops and promulgates sound educational principles and practices for the accreditation of business programs;
  • maintains regional and international centers to represent the Assembly and its members worldwide;
  • collects and disseminates information about business education throughout the world;
  • supports worthy projects and research in business education;
  • sponsors meetings, conferences, workshops, and symposia that foster excellence in business education;
  • engages in activities that enhance and promote the study of collegiate business education and that apprise the public of its value, scope, and character.

More About the IACBE

Learn more about the International Accreditation Council for Business Education:

  • 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

  • Key Distinctives of the IACBE

    Learn about the characteristics of the IACBE’s quality assurance process that distinguish it as a leader in business accreditation for colleges and universities worldwide with teaching-oriented missions. 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

  • Excellence in Business Education

    In order to advance its accreditation mission, the IACBE has defined seventeen explicit ‘Characteristics of Excellence in Business Education.’ More

  • Special Initiatives

    The IACBE has implemented several important initiatives that provide significant value-added benefits for our members. More

  • International Business Education Consortium

    The International Business Education Consortium (IBEC) is a global initiative and international network of IACBE schools that provide members of the IACBE, both domestic and abroad, with significant opportunities for creating multifaceted international collaborations. More

  • Board of Directors

    The Board of Directors is the governing and policy-making body of the IACBE, and is responsible for the general oversight of the organization’s operations and activities. More

  • Board of Commissioners

    The Board of Commissioners is the independent accreditation decision-making body of the IACBE, and is responsible for determining the accreditation status of the business programs of IACBE members. More

  • President's Council

    The President’s Council is composed of the President of the IACBE and past chairs of the Board of Directors and Board of Commissioners. More

  • Regional Assemblies

    In order to advance its mission and goals, the IACBE has established Regional Assemblies that are regional associations of the academic business unit members of the IACBE. More

  • IACBE Bylaws

    The Bylaws of the IACBE articulate the rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to the organization and governance of the Assembly. More

  • IACBE Awards

    The IACBE presents several awards of excellence at its Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting each year.

  • IACBE Staff

    Meet the staff members of the IACBE. More

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