What Are the Value Drivers of Accreditation

Incoming AACSB executive vice president and chief accreditation officer, Stephanie Bryant, shares what drives the value of institutions achieving and maintaining AACSB Accreditation.


Stephanie Bryant: [00:16] When students select a school, one of the things they should always look at is accreditation. To me, in business school, that's AACSB accreditation. It means something to be an AACSB accredited business school. It means there are quality standards. It means that the faculty have certain qualifications. You know going in, as a student, you're going to get a certain level of quality.

[00:35] It kind of means the same thing for employers, on the other side, that the students who graduate from an AACSB school are going to be a different level, a different quality, both technically, and with soft skills, than if they didn't have that accreditation background, as a school. We know that accounting graduates, who graduate from AACSB schools, do significantly better on the CPA Exam.

[01:00] We have objective evidence that shows that it makes a difference if you graduate from an AACSB accredited school. I think the employers know they're getting a higher quality.

Filmed at AACSB's Annual Accreditation Conference in September 2017.