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The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs was founded in 1988 to offer accreditation services to business programs focused on teaching and learning.


Founded in 1988, the ACBSP was created to accredit business schools with an emphasis on teaching and learning. Based in Overland Park, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City), ACBSP was created to fulfill a need for specialized accreditation by colleges and universities with business schools and programs.

In 1988, only 260 out of 2,400 schools of business were accredited, all by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Most or all of the AACSB accredited schools had an emphasis on research, while most other schools had an emphasis on teaching. On April 28, 1988, 150 of the non-accredited schools met in Kansas City, Missouri to consider alternatives to AACSB accreditation for teaching-oriented schools.

On May 12, 1989, a study group completed a feasibility study and submitted recommendations for standard for accreditation by the ACBSP. In August 1992, ACBSP was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. In 1996, the DoE changed its policies to recognize only agencies that affected Federal funding. At its meeting on January 22, 2001, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Board of Directors reviewed the recommendations of the CHEA Committee on Recognition regarding the recommendation and recognized by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.


As of July 2008, ACBSP had over 6,200 individual members in 591 educational member institutions, with 449 being institutions with ACBSP accreditation. This also includes those in ACBSP's 15 corporate partners and other emeritus members.

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