AACSB Accreditation

College of Business and Economics - Qassim University


AACSB Accreditation for College of Business and Economics

Accreditation scope

• College of Business and Economics (CBE) at Mulaydah : http://en.cbe-qu.edu.sa/

• Both male and female campuses are accredited

• All programs of CBE are accredited


 AACSB Accreditation Standards (2013)
1. Mission, Impact and Innovation
2. Intellectual contributions: impact and alignment with Vision
3. Financial strategies and allocation of resources
4. Student admissions, progression, and career development
5. Faculty sufficiency and deployment
6. Faculty management and support
7. Professional staff sufficiency and deployment
8. Curricula management and assurance of learning
9. Curriculum content
10. Student-faculty interactions
11. Degree program educational level, structure, and equivalence
12. Teaching effectiveness
13. Students’ academic and professional engagement
14. Executive education (currently not applicable for CBE)
15. Faculty qualifications and engagement


AACSB Accreditation Journey
Accreditation time line
o CBE applied for AACSB eligibility in February 2012
o In March 2012, CBE became an eligible member of AACSB.
o First visit of AACSB Mentor was conducted in December 2012
o In June 2013, CBE’s standards alignment plan (SAP) was approved
o The second visit of the Mentor was conducted in December 2013
o The first progress report was submitted to AACSB in May 2014
o Self-Evaluation Report (SER) was submitted to AACSB in June 2015
o The Peer Review Team (PRT) of AACSB visited CBE in October 2015
o CBE received AACSB Accreditation in November 2015!
This journey has been full of learning, challenges, excitement, and hard work!


CBE Approach for Achieving AACSB Accreditation
AACSB accreditation is a mission driven accreditation that focus on how the business school can implement its mission in its different initiatives and process. To do so, CBE has developed its mission statement through a comprehensive strategy that engage all CBE’s stakeholders and uses the mission as a target that is known by all participants and implemented in all operations which helps CBE to draw its strategies and future operations in a systematic approach.

Also, CBE uses the three pillars of AACSB accreditation (Engagement-Innovation-Impact) as a theme for its daily and strategic operations, which led CBE to be an innovative business school by engaging different participants in the life of the school and by getting CBE engaged with the society and business community. This engagement led CBE to be more aware about the business needs and the strategies that can be implemented to fit those needs which help CBE in innovating its operations, teaching, learning and research continuously. This continuous innovation and improvement have resulted in producing high impact for CBE.

Highlights of CBE’s achievements
o CBE is the first Business school in the MENA region to be accredited based on the new AACSB standards, based on the theme “Innovation, Engagement and Impact”.
o CBE has earned this prestigious accreditation in just 3.5 years, which is a very rare achievement.
o CBE’s base room was highly appreciated by the AACSB Peer Review Team, and was recommended to be considered as a “best practice” in accreditation process
o This journey toward accreditation has greatly transformed CBE’s culture, to bring more focus on the mission, and pursuit for innovation and quality!


Contact us:

Director of AACSB Office

Dr. Osamah Al-Rawashdeh

e-mail: accreditation@cbe-qu.edu.sa


AACSB International

• AACSB stands for Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

• Founded in 1916.

• Longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

AACSB Accreditation

• Hallmark of excellence in business education.

• Has been earned by less than 5% of the world's business programs.

• 745 business schools in 50 countries; only 3 in KSA, 12 in MENA region.

• It is based on 15 global accreditation standards.

• Three pillars on which AACSB accreditation rests—engagement, innovation, and impact.


Why AACSB Accreditation?

AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education and represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide. It confirms the CBA's commitment to quality and continuous improvement and assures our stakeholders that the college:

  • manages its resources to achieve our mission of preparing competent and responsible business professionals and leaders
  • advances business and management knowledge through faculty research and scholarship
  • provides high quality teaching and current curricula
  • cultivates meaningful interactions between our students and faculty
  • produces graduates who have achieved specified learning goals.

To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, during which it must demonstrate its continued commitment to the AACSB's 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.


During The Academic

Year 2012-2013
Year 2013-2014