The College of Business Administration (CBA) has maintained its Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International accreditation. AASCB is the premier accrediting organization for business schools worldwide. Less than 5 percent of more than 16,000 schools awarding business degrees has earned this distinguished hallmark of quality in management education. CBA first earned AACSB accreditation in 1994 and this renewal extends it to 2025.
“Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB.
To maintain accreditation, the CBA must undergo a rigorous review every five years. The college must demonstrate its continued commitment to the quality standards relating to faculty qualifications and professional development, curriculum innovations, strategic management of resources, faculty and student interactions, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The review spanned three days including participation by the CBA leadership team, faculty, staff, and students as well as President Soraya M. Coley, Provost Sylvia Alva, and members from the CBA Dean’s Advisory Board.
“We are grateful to AACSB and the review team for helping us improve and recognizing the great value that we provide to the students, the community and all our stakeholders,” said Erik Rolland, dean of the College of Business Administration.
The CBA was commended for its ability to execute and deliver on its five-year strategic plan. In particular, the college’s centers of excellence were recognized as models for other business schools to engage students, faculty, and industry in problem-solving; launch innovative and entrepreneurial activities; and enhancing the College’s reputation while providing high-impact practice opportunities for all students.
“We are proud of our centers, integral to our strategic advantages, for their distinction as best practices in delivering educational and research excellence,” Rolland added.
For more than 50 years, the CBA has continued to deliver the Polytechnic Advantage – the experiential learning that prepares graduates to contribute on day-one and are future-ready. With six undergraduate concentrations, three graduate degrees, and fourteen centers and labs, the college exemplifies Cal Poly Pomona’s mission of learning, discovery, and innovation. Money magazine, The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, to name a few, have also recognized the college’s educational excellence.
Read here for AACSB International announcement on CBA’s re-accreditation.