Accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business 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.

The Ithaca College School of Business has maintained accreditation of its bachelor's and master's degree programs in business administration since its initial accreditation in 2005. To maintain accreditation, programs must undergo a rigorous continuous improvement review every five years. The 2013 AACSB standards currently hold collegiate Schools of Business around the world accountable in 15 areas of continuous improvement including: faculty qualifications and intellectual contributions, strategic management of resources, student/faculty interactions, career development, curricula management and assurance of learning.  The overarching themes of engagement, innovation and impact are also required throughout these standards.

The School’s next site visit by AACSB is tentatively scheduled for fall of 2019.

Assurance of Learning

The purpose of assessment is to provide a systematic process which allows stakeholders to evaluate if they are successful in delivering student learning objectives. The Undergraduate and Graduate Curriculum Planning & Assessment Committees (CPAC and G-CPAC, respectively) within the School of Business are responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the School’s assurance of learning activities and management of the curricula.

Assurance of Learning is done in the School of Business via a continuous, four step process:

               Step 1: Develop effective assessment mechanisms that reflect the School learning goals.

               Step 2: Deliver curriculum to reflect learning goals and collect assessment data.

               Step 3: Analyze and review assessment data with a vision towards improvement in the curriculum.

               Step 4: Use assessment data to make decisions at the School level.

Undergraduate Business Administration/Accounting Learning Goals

  • Essential Business Knowledge: Students will demonstrate competency in foundational business knowledge.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate critical thinking and the ability to apply them to solving business problems.
  • Social Forces: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature and impact of global, ethical and sustainable issues.
  • Effective Communication: Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Teamwork & Leadership: Students will learn essential concepts of teamwork and leadership and will demonstrate the ability to work effectively in teams.

Undergraduate Legal Studies Learning Goals

  • Conjunction of issues: Students will be able to clearly debate the conjunction of law, politics, social and ethical issues.
  • Foundational Knowledge: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of fundamental legal concepts.
  • Critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills: Students will be able to apply analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills to legal, political, social and ethical issues.
  • Data Acquisition and Use: Students will be able to correctly perform searches of electronic databases for legal research.
  • Effective Communication: Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Graduate M.B.A Learning Goals

  • Essential Business Knowledge: Graduate students will demonstrate mastery of specific content area knowledge and ability to integrate two or more content areas.
  • Analytical/Problem Solving:Graduate students will demonstrate the ability to perform comprehensive, cross-functional analysis. Graduate students will demonstrate the ability to apply analytical and quantitative skills to managerial decision –making in a variety of business situations.
  • Social Forces:Graduate students will demonstrate the ability to solve problems and manage unpredictable situations involving ethical, global, and sustainability issues in the workplace.
  • Effective Communication: Graduate students will demonstrate professional quality written and oral communication skills.
  • Teamwork & Leadership: Graduate students will demonstrate effective teamwork and leadership skills in a variety of managerial and problem-solving situations.

Graduate M.S. Accounting Learning Goals