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AACSB Accreditation

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The Raj Soin College of Business is fully accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the highest accrediting body for business colleges in the world. Less than five percent of more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have achieved this standard of excellence. This means that our faculty, curriculum, and all other educational resources are thoroughly and professionally evaluated by an independent board of educators and be of exceptional quality. As an added distinction, the Department of Accountancy's programs are separately accredited by AACSB International. The accreditation applies to the department's undergraduate major and its Master of Accountancy program. In the U.S., only 177 accredited institutions have separately accredited accounting programs. The Raj Soin College of Business faculty and staff are committed to exceeding the standards advanced by the AACSB.

Here is a quick profile of AACSB-accredited business programs.

  • 876 business institutions in 57 countries have earned AACSB Accreditation, 528 of which are in the United States.
  • 190 schools hold an additional, specialized AACSB Accounting Accreditation, 177 of which are in the United States.
  • The Raj Soin College of Business is among the top 5 percent of all business schools worldwide holding the AACSB accreditation.
  • The Raj Soin College of Business is among the top 1 percent of all busines schools worldwide that have earned the AACSB accreditation in both its business and accounting programs.
  • The Raj Soin College of Business is the first in the region to be accredited by AACSB International.

To learn more about the value of AACSB accreditation, visit the Best Business Schools website. See a list of AACSB accredited schools.

AACSB Continuous Improvement Review (CIR)

AACSB accreditation is important to our programs and valuable to employers. Here are some facts provided by AACSB International.

  • AACSB International (AACSB) is the longest-serving global accrediting body and membership association for business schools worldwide. 
  • AACSB accreditation is known worldwide as the longest-standing and most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.  
  • AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.
  • The AACSB accreditation standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs.

CIR stands for continuous improvement review. Accreditation is not a standard-by-standard review. By focusing the review on educational improvement, strategic management, and fulfillment of the mission, the members of peer review teams for business and accounting will be particularly attuned to educational quality issues and problems that may be revealed in the process. The CIR process relies on extensive and effective communications between the host business school and the accounting academic unit and the peer review teams for business and accounting. In addition, the value of the CIR process is enhanced with the business and accounting team collaboration in the review process and resulting report preparation. The AACSB CIR has a five-year review cycle.

The upcoming CIR of the Raj Soin College of Business is scheduled for March 2021.

Data and Reports

Graduation and Retention Data

Career Success and Placement Data

CIR Reports (2021)

CIR Reports (2015)


Important Dates and Facts

  • AACSB CIR visit: March 28-30, 2021
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the visit will be virtual.
  • The continuous improvement review process relies on extensive and effective communications between the host business school and the accounting academic unit and the peer review teams for business and accounting.

Visit Team

  • Scott D. Johnson, Ph.D., The University of Michigan–Flint (team chair)
  • Brian McGuire, Ph.D., University of Southern Indiana (accounting team Chair)
  • Sandra B. Richtermeyer, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts–Lowell (business member)
  • Troy Hyatt, Ph.D., Boise State University (accounting member)
  • Ric Jazaie, RHJ CPA (Accounting Practitioner)

College groups Leading This Visit

  • Strategic management and innovation: Faculty Executive Committee
  • College leadership: dean, associate dean, department chairs
  • Assurance of Learning (AoL): Undergraduate Program Committee, Graduate Program Committee, MBA Program Committee, and program directors


Date Activity Status
Spring 2017 Adopt new mission, vision, and values. Completed
Fall 2017 Update learning goals and objectives for all programs and their mapping. Completed
2017-18 Academic Year (Fall 2017, Spring 2018) AoL cycle was completed. Completed
2018-19 Academic Year (Fall 2018, Spring 2019) AoL cycle was completed (included in the CIR report). Completed
2019-20 Academic Year (Fall 2019, Spring 2020) AoL cycle was completed (included in the CIR report). Completed
Fall 2019

Inform faculty, students, and key stakeholders of our refined timeline and seek input.
Confirm peer review team for continuous improvement review.

Spring 2020 Complete assurance of learning tasks including closing the loop for Fall 2019. Update Digital Measures. Complete the first round of data validation. Complete faculty qualifications. Completed
Summer 2020 Complete the first draft of the CIR report. Completed

Fall 2020

Complete the second round of data validation in Digital Measures. Faculty verify intellectual contributions. Complete assurance of learning of Spring 2020.


Fall 2020 Host informal team chair's virtual visit to review progress on September 28, 2020. Completed
Fall 2020 Seek input and feedback from faculty, students, and community leaders to improve the report. Review and revise the CIR report. Completed
January 2021 Submitted the CIR report on January 28, 2021 Completed
March 28-30, 2021 Host the official accreditation team visit. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the visit will be virtual.  


Raj Soin College of Business updates faculty regularly with the progress and status of the key activities of the CIR. The college also conducts a series of workshops on Digital Measures and AMP software. The goal is to inform key stakeholders about the process of the CIR and incorporate their feedback. Some key activities are documented below:

Date Time Topic Location
April 24, 2019 2:30 p.m. Explain the process of assurance of learning. RSCoB college faculty meeting
October 16, 2019 3:30 p.m. Explain and emphasize assurance of learning and faculty qualification; launch pilot course site. RSCoB college faculty meeting
Fall 2019  

Sign up for an open lab on Digital Measures. Get step-by-step help with data entry. All scholarly and professional activities should be entered by December 20, 2019.

  • Wednesday, November 6, Noon–1 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 14, Noon-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 19, 11 a.m.–Noon.
  • Wednesday, December 4, Noon–1 p.m.
  • Monday, December 9, 2–3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 17, Noon–1 p.m.
Conference Room

December 4, 2019

3:00 p.m.

Provide an update on faculty qualifications, assurance of learning, and reminds of entering data for Fall 2019.

RSCoB college faculty meeting

February 19, 2020

2:00 p.m.

Present the status of assurance of learning activities for each business program, update on faculty qualification, and remind data entry to Digital Measures.

RSCoB college faculty meeting

April 22, 2020

2:00 p.m.

Provide an update on accreditation including faculty qualifications, assurance of learning, and the timeline for the CIR visit.

RSCoB college faculty meeting (online)

September 2, 2020

3:00 p.m.

Update on data validation of intellectual contributions, update on the status of assurance of learning for all business programs.

RSCoB college optional faculty meeting (online)

October 14, 2020

2:30 p.m.

Explain continuous improvement review (CIR) and its process. Update on the pre-visit.    RSCoB faculty meeting

RSCoB faculty meeting

December 2, 2020

2:30 p.m.

Review assurance of learning (AoL) and its process. Provide a summary of the CIR report updates received from faculty. Update on the technology for the virtual visit.

RSCoB faculty meeting

February 24, 2021 2:30 p.m. Provide an update on the CIR visit and its preparation. Confirm supporting technology including WebEx, the Internet connection, webcam, and headset. RSCoB faculty meeting



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In 2004, our BSB in Management Information Systems became the first business school program in Ohio to be accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. We were also among the first twenty business programs in the U.S. to achieve this accreditation.


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