BUSINESS SCHOOLS ACCREDITATION:

 

Go to this web site to see the extent of the problem of deciding who might be accredited and who might be just another college trying to "look like" they are accredited.  http://businessmajors.about.com/od/choosingaschool/p/accreditation.htm

There is an ad in the June 11, 2014 Houston Chronicle for an "Executive MBA" program at Prairie View A&M University. In the ad there is a picture of a fellow with long hair and a beard and moustache that looks nothing like any businessman that I ever knew!  But picture aside, I was intrigued by such statements as "No GMAT or GRE exam is required for admission."  Or "Competitively priced, all-inclusive tuition, including a 10-day overseas study tour" (and who knows why that would be necessary, "Courses are taught by faculty with the highest-level degrees in their fields" (hopefully that would be a doctorate!), and "Accredited by AACSB International--only 5% of business programs worldwide are AACSB-accredited."

Reading critically (you did study critical thinking in your public school days, yes?) one has to wonder at the picture, the no entrance test plan, the all-inclusive tuition, the 10 day vacation, the failure to specifically state what degree the faculty members have, and that only 5% of business programs are certified by their accreditor of choice, AACSB!

If you, as I recommended, read the comprehensive article that I suggested in the first paragraph, you would know that AACSB wasn't listed, but a whole lot of other accreditation organizations were. 

So what do you believe?

I would say you need to do your homework and not buy into the hype of an advertisement!  No sense going to a school where the degree won't do you any good.

From the web site cited comes this information:

Who Accredits Business Schools:

There are many different agencies that accredit business schools. In the U.S., the majority of MBA programs are accredited by a regional accrediting organization. Some of the main organizations include:

Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CIHE)

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Finding Accredited Business Schools:

The U.S. Department of Educationís Office of Postsecondary Education does not accredit business schools, but the Department does offer information about accreditation through their website. They also provide a   searchable database of schools and programs that have been accredited by reliable and recognized accrediting agencies.