Nineteen colleges and universities from nine different countries became new members of the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for the 2012-13 membership year, which began in July.
For baccalaureate and graduate degree-granting institutions, the ACBSP accredited Capella University, Columbia College, Concordia University Chicago, Douglas College (Canada), Huntington University, IILM-AHL College of Management Studies (India), IILM Graduate School of Management (India), International Business and Technology “Zokhiomj” University (Mongolia), Seoul School of Integrated Sciences and Technologies (Korea), United Business Institutes (Belgium), Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE (Dominican Republic) and Westminster College.
The following institutions are candidates for accreditation: College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidad), Konrad Lorenz-Fundacion Universitaria (Columbia), Northwood University, St. Gregory’s University, and Utica College.
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In the United States, to be eligible for specialized business accreditation, schools much first be regionally accredited.
“We have experienced record membership growth during the past three years, with more than 52 members joining each year.” said ACBSP Executive Director Douglas Viehland in Monday’s press release. “We are proud that these educational institutions are now a part of our membership and we look forward to working with them toward a mutual goal of continuous quality improvement.”
ACBSP has 16 Latin American universities in membership. Universidad Argentina de la Empresa became the first Latin American university to achieve ACBSP accreditation in 2006. Three years later, ACBSP established the Latin American Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP Region 9) representing member campuses in Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago. In total, ACBSP currently has 1,134 member campuses, 167 of which are located outside of the U.S.
“The feedback I get from our students is how students from different backgrounds would tackle a problem differently, and that experience isn’t something you can pick up from a book,” said president of the ACBSP board of directors Peter Horn. “It’s important that all MBA students get some international exposure, whether it’s a study abroad or just a tour. Chances are the business they end up working for will operate internationally, and if they have international experience, it gives the student a definite advantage.”
–Alanna Stage, @AlannaTweets