Why an accredited institution?
Prospective students evaluating EMBA programs should carefully consider an institution’s accreditation before enrolling. Accreditation is a voluntary process that includes an external review of a school’s ability to provide quality programs. It is helpful in many aspects, from ensuring that students are learning relevant material to allowing a school access to funding. Accreditation reviews include self-evaluations, peer reviews, committee reviews, and the development of in-depth strategic plans. It also includes reviews of a school’s mission, faculty qualifications, and curricula. Simply put, accreditation can assure prospective students that they are going to receive a top-quality, recognized degree. RIT proudly displays national and international accreditations that recognize and confirm its commitment to excellence in education.
RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the premier accrediting organization for business schools. The AACSB describes the Saunders College of Business as “…undoubtedly one of the nation’s leaders in bringing total quality principles to the university.”
AACSB is internationally known as the most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn. Only about one quarter of the institutions granting business degrees have received this accreditation. AACSB grants accreditation to business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Known around the world for its strict evaluation criteria and excellent quality standards, AACSB accreditation ensures students will receive an excellent education from the highest quality faculty in courses that present relevant and challenging curriculum. According to the AACSB website, “AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates that are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools.”
RIT also meets or exceeds the standards set by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This group regulates education offered by schools and universities in the Middle States region (which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several international locations). This accreditation provides students peace of mind in knowing that they are studying at a high-quality academic institution.
These prestigious accreditations broadcast to other schools, future employers, and the general public that the Saunders’ business degree programs have passed a rigorous review. In addition to sharing this information with others, these accreditations underscore the school’s commitment to provide students with a superior education.