ACCREDITATION: What is it? Why is it important?
There are regional, nation, and international accreditations. All accreditations require some form of peer reviewed quality assessment of each program.
To insure the highest quality of programs, universities should be accredited by organizations in the region or from the subfield that they serve. This ensures that the accreditation peer review team fully understands the need of the region or field of study.
Accreditation is a sign that a program has met a set of standards regarding curriculum, administration, program mission, student admissions, faculty quality, student services and placement, and facilities.
"It means the program has gone through a rigorous process of self study, an accreditation commission review, and an extensive on-site visit by a team of experts. In brief, accreditation is one of many signs of quality that a student can use when considering academic programs1."
California State University, Bakersfield is regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Both the undergraduate Business Administration and Master in Business Administration programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB- International). The Master in Public Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPA).
CSUB’s School of Business and Public Administration offers the only AACSB or NASPAA accredited programs in Kern County.
For more information about accrediting institutions:
1 The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (777 South Harbour Island Blvd, Suite 750, Tampa, FL, 33602 USA)