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Difference Between AACSB and ACBSP

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Education is said to be key to one’s future. That’s why there are many schools established to cater to the ever growing demand for education. Nowadays, concrete and physically visible schools are slowly being shadowed by online degrees and online educational programs. However, are these online educators at par with the well established schools that people know of today? To answer such, there are several accrediting firms that gauge the quality and other aspects of educationthat the schools possess. Two of the most popular accrediting bodies are the AACSB and the ACBSP.

To serve the institutes of higher education, these firms carried out their tasks by using their different set of philosophies. AACSB, completely known as the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, primarily accredits schools in which doing research is of utmost importance. When pitted against other firms, AACSB is more prescriptive when it comes to carrying out their accreditation processes. It is also the most renowned accrediting firm above all others, no wonder it is dubbed as the gold standard. They so designed their system to allow the larger institutions to qualify. However, it is also said that they don’t gauge the school’s quality that much. What they consider as more importantis looking into the published researches coming from a particular school. As observed, those schools that publish more research will obviously get more grants.

Conversely, ACBSP (Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs) is the usual firm that accredits programs or degrees that are business related either in community colleges or in the more popular schools that offers both the graduateand the bachelor’s degrees. They don’t do accreditations for associate degrees and target more of the middle size and smaller institutions.  They are said to be outcome oriented and processes accreditation in a prescriptive way but less than that of AACSB’s protocols. This accrediting firm was created to meet the demand from schools that needa newer form of accreditation on top of the exiting AACSB. Thus, it complements the latter.

In terms of philosophy, ACBSP concentrates more on the school’s functions and has a relatively greater focus on improving the integrity and quality of educationwhen compared to AACSB. Like the IACBE, it does not dwell muchon research. Generally, they foster excellence with regard to a school’s teaching methodologies.

1. AACSB is an older accrediting firm than the ACBSP.
2. AACSB targets larger institutions as opposed to ACBSP.
3. AACSB focuses on research in schools whereas ACBSP focus more on the quality of education.

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  1. Just curious as to why the sentence “Most Black population filled schools usually belong to this category” mattered in this article… What does that have to do with the accreditation?

  2. I couldn’t take this article serious after reading, “Most Black population filled schools usually belong to this category.”

    The reason? Because the sentence made absolutely no sense!

    Having said that, AACSB accreditation is highly overrated, since it solely focuses on the size of the college. In all actuality, ACBSP is a more practical accreditation, since it focuses on the quality of the college’s curriculum, not on how much money the college has to put towards research.

  3. I have worked with both, including IACBE, and to me this ‘article’ is a popular summary. I would have loved to see supporting facts/sources.

    I can only speak from experience, so it is highly subjective but while I have yet to find a mediocre establishment that is AACSB accredited, I have worked with ACBSP accredited schools that needed training to develop and deliver curricula… I would expect ‘accredited’ schools to be past that point. For some of them, methodology consisted of a well-furbished library where students could pick up a book to teach themselves. And this is not a joke.

  4. My first thought is this….if the writer of this article wants to be taken seriously they should be able to furnish the correct name of the organizations they are writing about. AACSB is “Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business” and ACBSP is “Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs”. I found it much easier to compare and contrast both organizations by looking at their website.

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