AACSB at Lang

Globally, only 6% of business schools are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

AACSB Accreditation represents one of the highest standards for global business schools. AACSB provides global accreditation to business schools across the world, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. This high standard represents an institution’s commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and meaningful peer-review process.

Lang is proud to be an AACSB accredited institution. Our commitment to accreditation is indicative of Lang’s high standards and excellence across all its initiatives; from academic programming and community engagement, to research with impact.

Achieving AACSB accreditation represents a public, global recognition of the quality we know the Lang School of Business and Economics upholds. In particular, it is an opportunity to showcase Lang’s mission which focuses on business as a force for good ® through our pillars of Active Learning, Research with Impact, and Community Engagement. It also provides an opportunity to elevate our School, providing enhanced access to accredited business schools internationally for our faculty and students. For students, having a dedicated agency that helps enhance high-quality academic programs ensures our graduates are career-ready, and have an advantage over graduates from other business schools.

Becoming an AACSB-accredited school will provide opportunities for a variety of collaborations and bring several key benefits to Lang students, including but not limited to:

  • Ongoing, accredited, continuous improvement for our curriculum and how we teach our students, which will ensure that students are receiving an education that will ensure your success in your future endeavors;
  • Enhanced opportunities for Lang to provide study abroad partnerships with other AACSB accredited schools;
  • Enhanced access to international research connections for students;
  • Attract top faculty and instructors from around the world to teach in Lang’s programs;
  • Raise Lang’s international profile which will build our reputation and support our graduates and alumni; and
  • Increased career pathways for students in the global business market.

Accreditation has become necessary to stay competitive both locally and globally. AACSB Accreditation is recognized worldwide as a guarantee of a high-quality business degree and prospective business students are more often seeking programs at institutions that have acquired AACSB accreditation. By receiving AACSB accreditation, there will be a continuous improvement for our curriculum and how we teach our students, which will ensure that you are receiving an education that will ensure your success in your future endeavours. Essentially, AACSB will ensure that we are maintaining a quality education for all our students

Every five years a Self-Evaluation Report is submitted to AACSB. This report provides detailed data that has been collected systematically over a 5-year period, in alignment with Lang's strategic plan and priorities. Continuous Improvement Reviews also involve site visits at the end of the 5 years. 

While technically anything is possible, the site visit would not be scheduled unless the mentor believes strongly that the institution is ready. AACSB and the initial accreditation committee (IAC) is also very transparent about any gaps or issues they feel the School should address through the initial accreditation process prior to the final step of a site visit.

EFMD, which stands for European Foundation of European Management, is another business school accreditation for business schools and is more popular in Europe. They offer accreditation at an institutional level (EQUIS) and at a program level (EFMD-EPAS). When Lang decided to pursue accreditation, it was decided AACSB was the best fit. Lang’s accreditation goals are currently to achieve AACSB accreditation because it is the top business accreditation organization in North America and is respected on an international scale.