Posted: 8/31/23

TAMIU Sanchez School of Business Maintains Rigorous AACSB Accreditation


Dr. Stephen Sears
Dr. Stephen Sears  

As students return to Texas A&M International University this Fall, they’ll do so at a campus that is home to one of only 500 accredited business schools in the Americas.

TAMIU’s A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business has been notified that it has maintained its business accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) with its most recent continuous improvement review. 

The Sanchez School of Business joins a select group of only 5.7% of business schools of the estimated 16,593 business schools worldwide that are AACSB-accredited.

Sanchez School Dean Dr. Stephen Sears said this accreditation review is especially noteworthy as it reflects a new set of more stringent accreditation standards.

“In the past, accreditation reviews were conducted on a 10-year cycle.  That cycle has been shortened to a 5-year cycle and in addition reflects elevated standards of faculty performance, research, and tenure.  We endorse the vision of these higher expectations as business education is dynamic -- and so should be the standards expected for an accredited institution,” Dr. Sears explained.

Sears noted that among the AACSB standards is that 75% of the semester credit hours delivered by the Business School faculty must be by full-time, engaged faculty, and the Sanchez School faculty has grown to meet and exceed that benchmark.

“This higher standard coincided with mushrooming enrollment in our MBA programs and this Fall we have added seven new faculty members.  At the Sanchez School three out of every four hours of instruction time is provided by full-time faculty, something that most business schools would find difficult to emulate,” Sears said.

AACSB Accreditation is considered the true hallmark of excellence in business education. To earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation business schools must meet specific standards of excellence, and their deans, faculty, and professional staff must zealously maintain a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure the School continues to deliver the highest quality of education to students.    

Dean Sears said the School is proud to be one of the business schools to have maintained its accreditation status with AACSB International.  

“As a small business school with a doctoral program located on the Texas-México border, we strive to provide our students with the best education possible.  Our reviewers continue to note that the Sanchez School “exceeds outcomes expected for a School its size, its location, and its student population.”

Of the Sanchez School’s gifted faculty, 42 of 45 hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field.

TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz congratulated the Sanchez School for its successful completion of its accreditation continuous improvement review.

“The School’s accreditation attests to the continued quality of business education here at the Sanchez School,” Dr. Arenaz said, “This renewed stamp of approval by the AACSB is a powerful  and remarkable recruitment tool as we maintain our position as an international business school both in the United States and beyond. Our onsite and online classes can take business graduates anywhere.”

The Sanchez School, which honors namesake Laredo businessman and philanthropist Antonio R. “Tony” Sanchez, Jr., is home to four undergraduate degrees with two majors and six concentrations, three master’s degrees, and one doctoral degree – a Ph.D. in International Business Administration. Online programs include the MBA with concentrations in Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration, International Banking and Finance, International Business, International Trade and Logistics Management, and the Master of Science in Information Science.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is a global nonprofit association that connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. 

Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and learning and development services to over 1,900 member organizations and more than 1,000 accredited business schools worldwide. AACSB's accreditation processes are ISO 9001:2015-certified.

Educational, professional, and business organization members of the AACSB Business Education Alliance are part of a movement united to improve the quality of business education around the world. AACSB connects, shares, and inspires innovation and quality throughout its member network, and the business community. AACSB’s strength emanates from a founding in diverse perspectives, a global mindset, and a commitment to making a difference. 

AACSB offices are in Tampa, Florida, USA; Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Singapore.

To learn more about the TAMIU A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business and its undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, visit www.tamiu.edu/arssb. An accreditation profile by AACSB is here: https://www.aacsb.edu/accredited/t/texas-am-international-university

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