Cal State San Bernardino Maintains Prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) — The College of Business and Public Administration at Cal State San Bernardino has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Only 694 schools of business from 45 countries and territories – or less than five percent worldwide – have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in business education. Similarly, 181 institutions maintain an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”

The College of Business and Public Administration first received accreditation in 1994. Since then, the college has actively participated in meeting the stringent measures for performance and accountability.

Dean Lawrence C. Rose noted that extension of accreditation often is harder to achieve than accreditation. “It’s a tribute to our staff and to our faculty, both full-and part-time, that we have been able to continuously and consistently improve the quality of instruction and research.”

Craig Seal, director of accreditation for the college, indicated that reaccreditation can only occur through a team effort.

“Receiving a five year extension on our AACSB accreditation re-affirms the hard work of our faculty and staff, and our commitment to continuous improvement,” he said. “Over the last five years, we have increased the impact of our faculty in terms of intellectual contributions and raised the quality of the educational experience for our students.”

CSUSB President Tomas Morales agreed. “This achievement really speaks to the level of commitment the College of Business and Public Administration has to student success, accountability, and diversity. We applaud and support the college’s ongoing efforts toward excellence in business education.”

Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Business and Public Administration is distinguished as the first such institution in the Inland Empire to gain national accreditation at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The Princeton Review annually recognizes Cal State San Bernardino as having one of the nation’s outstanding business schools, including it in its “Best 295 Business Schools” 2014 edition. The college also earned a 2014“Best Grad Schools of Business” ranking by U.S. News and World Report.

Recently, CEO Magazine’s International Graduate Forum recognized the college’s graduate business program as one of the top programs in the world. Its M.B.A. program was ranked No. 2 in “Tier One” in North American M.B.A. and European M.B.A. rankings, and named it to the Global Top 20 M.B.A. rankings for 2014.

In addition, the M.B.A. program was named “Best for Vets,” ranked No. 22 by Military Times Magazine.

The College of Business and Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino currently serves more than 2,800 undergraduate students and 470 graduate students from 27 countries. The college also manages five Centers of Excellence: Global Management Center (GMC); Inland Empire Center of Entrepreneurship (IECE); Institute of Applied Research (IAR); Cybersecurity; and Leonard Transportation Center (LTC).

Visit the CSUSB College of Business and Public Administration’s website at for information on the college and its programs.

AACSB’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. Visit the AACSB International website at for more information on its accreditation programs.

And for more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit

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