The initial accreditation of Berry College’s business programs, offered
through the Campbell School of Business at the baccalaureate and masters level,
was announced by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
(AACSB International) at its annual meeting during April 22-25, 2006, in Paris,
France. Berry earned Maintenance of Accreditation in April 2011, further signifying our commitment to quality and continuous improvement of our business curriculum and programs.
A Seal of Quality
Our accreditation by the AACSB International allows us to display the AACSB seal of quality. The quality of education we provide places us among the best business schools worldwide. Ours is the first private institution in northwest Georgia to receive AACSB accreditation, and the fifth private institution in the entire State of Georgia. In all, there are 20 institutions in the State of Georgia, 442 in the United States, and worldwide, so accredited.
What is the AACSB International?
AACSB International was founded in 1916 and began its accreditation function with the adoption of the first standards in 1919. AACSB International members approved mission-linked accreditation standards and the peer review process in 1991. In 2003, members approved a revised set of standards that are relevant and applicable to all business programs globally and which support and encourage excellence in management education worldwide.
Accreditation is a process of voluntary, non-governmental review of educational institutions and programs. Institutional accreditation reviews entire colleges and universities. 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.
To achieve accreditation, business programs must satisfy mission-linked expectations of a wide range of quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students in the educational process, and achievement of learning goals in degree programs; and subject themselves to a thorough audit by peer business school deans knowledgeable of best practices in management education.
Why is the AACSB accreditation important?
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 accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.
AACSB International accreditation assures stakeholders that business schools:
- Manage resources to achieve a vibrant and relevant mission
- Advance business and management knowledge through faculty scholarship
- Provide high-caliber teaching of quality and current curricula
- Cultivate meaningful interaction between students and a qualified faculty
- Produce graduates who have achieved specified learning goals