Accreditation is an important seal of approval students should look for when selecting an MBA program that will be recognized and respected universally by companies and other universities.
We’re excited to announce that the Jack Welch Management Institute’s online MBA program recently received accreditation from the Association for Collegiate Business School Programs (ACBSP). This is an internationally recognized endorsement of business schools that many employers look for. It signifies our laser-focus on the quality of our instruction, curriculum innovation and continuous improvement at the Jack Welch Management Institute.
ACBSP is the second prestigious accreditation we have received. Through Strayer University, we are also regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Setting high standards of educational excellence, this organization accredits on some of the country’s very best schools, including Princeton University, Syracuse University, Johns Hopkins University, Temple University and the University of Maryland. Students considering earning an MBA in the United States should always look for regionally accredited institutions because they are recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
Of course, there are also many other types of accreditations available that signify different institutional focuses. We often get asked why we didn’t choose to seek accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The reality is—it’s not for us. AACSB is an endorsement of the quality of research an institution produces. Academic research is really important but when your mission as an institution is to rid the world of bad managers by teaching students how to lead effectively, teaching is more important. And, faculty members who have led on the front lines of business are more effective in connecting with working adult students than teachers whose primary focus is research.
My advice to prospective students? Dig in and understand what each specific accreditation really stands for at the colleges you are considering. And understand that—at the end of the day—what really matters is that you, as the student, get what you expect from your MBA experience. For us, the best way to get students what they want—a strong ROI on their investment—is to 1) hire faculty who care deeply about teaching and the student experience and 2) to ensure that students are immediately applying their learning and realizing results on the job. That’s our big thing.