AACSB Resource Guide

Presented by the
BRASS Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee



This guide aims to provide relevant information to assist academic libraries prepare the library services portion of the AACSB self-evaluation report.

AACSB International | AACSB Standards | Self-Evaluation Examples | Selected Bibliography

AACSB International


AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This is the web site of the accrediting body itself. Formerly named AACSB - The International Association for Management Education, and prior to that, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.

The AACSB International website contains a list of all accredited business programs, including a separate list of newly accredited schools. Information on accreditation standards, the application and re-accreditation process, and an assessment resource center are available on the site.  

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AACSB Standards


The AACSB Standards page includes PDFs of the most recent release of standards for both Business and Accounting. There is a link to each update, including files which contain highlighted sections of the standards that were changed or added during the most recent update.

Note: The newest AACSB standards were revised and released on January 31, 2012, but the written standards that relate to libraries have not changed from the 1994 release.

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Self-Evaluation Examples

The documents listed here are submissions from libraries that have participated in the AACSB self-evaluation process. Ultimately, the business school submits the entire self-evaluation report, in which the library plays a small part, to the AACSB for review.

If  you would like to share a more recent self-evaluation example, please refer to the Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee web page and contact the chair via email.

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Selected Bibliography

This selected bibliography is arranged by date. While these articles do not specifically relate to libraries, they may give an overall sense of the AACSB accreditation process.

1. Kelley, C., Pingsheng, T., & Beom-Joon, C. (2010). A review of assessment of student learning programs at AACSB schools: a dean's perspective. Journal of Education for Business, 85(5), 299-306.

2. Bryant, M., & Scherer, R. F. (2009). Developing an effective mentor-business school relationship in the AACSB initial accreditation process. American Journal of Business, 24(1), 7-14.

3. Heriot, K. C., Franklin, G., & Austin, W. W. (2009). Applying for initial AACSB accreditation: an exploratory study to identify costs. Journal of Education for Business, 84(5), 283-289.

4. Smith, K. J., Haight, G., & Rosenberg, D. L. (2009). An examination of AACSB member school processes for evaluating intellectual contributions and academic and professional qualifications of faculty. Journal of Education for Business, 84(4), 219-228.

5. Pringle, C., & Michel, M. (2007). Assessment practices in AACSB-accredited business schools. Journal of Education for Business, 82(4), 202-211.

6. Thompson, K. R. (2004). A conversation with Milton Blood: the new AACSB standards. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 3(4), 429-439.

7. McGuigan, G.S., Crawford, G.A., & Kubiske, J. L. (2004). Accreditation and library collections: the monographic holdings of academic libraries that support AACSB accredited and non-accredited MBA programs in the state of Pennsylvania, USA. Collection Building, 23(2), 78-86.

8. Gutierrez, C. F., Long, N. M. (2002). Web site accessibility of AACSB-accredited universities: meeting the requirements of the law(s). Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 30(1), 69-84.

9. Jantzen, R. H. (2000). AACSB mission-linked standards: effects on the accreditation process. Journal of Education for Business, 75(6), 343-347.

10. Yunker, J. A. (2000). Doing things the hard way - problems with mission-linked AACSB accreditation standards and suggestions for improvement. Journal of Education for Business, 75(6), 348-353.

11. Yunker, P. J. (1998). A survey of business school heads on mission-linked AACSB accreditation standards. Journal of Education for Business, 73(3), 137-143.

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Originally posted 11 May 2001. Content updated 23 June 2012 by the Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee.

Disclaimer: This publication has been placed on the web for the convenience of BRASS members. Information and links may not be up to date.

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 Content updated 8/12/2012.