La Sierra University’s Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business is celebrating a significant milestone in its journey toward achieving accreditation by one of the world’s premier business accreditation organizations.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) is a global nonprofit association that provides quality assurance, business education, and learning and development services to 1,700 member organizations. More than 870 business institutions in 56 countries and territories have earned AACSB accreditation.
“In March, the AACSB initial accreditation committee reviewed and accepted the initial self-evaluation report of the Zapara School of Business and we continue working closely with our AACSB mentor to progress toward alignment with the required AACSB Standards,” said Gary Chartier, associate dean of the Zapara School of Business.
“AACSB accreditation is the global gold standard in business school accreditation,” said John Thomas, dean of the Zapara School of Business. The Zapara school is currently the only Seventh-day Adventist business program anywhere in the world to reach the self-evaluation stage of the accreditation process, he noted.
The self-evaluation process, which resulted in a 100-page report, produced an impactful additional benefit for the business school.
“Our business school is continually aiming toward higher objectives and striving to push our boundaries for the betterment of our students’ education and their employment opportunities. Accreditation by this outstanding business accreditation body matters to employers and will be of significant benefit in multiple ways to our graduates,” said Thomas.
Benefits of accreditation for the Zapara School of Business will include evidence to potential students that the school is of globally recognized quality. It will also provide gold standard level guidance for the school itself regarding curriculum content, staffing, and professional performance. For employers, accreditation represents a clear signal of international level quality when looking for graduates to hire.
“Members of the faculty and staff have become much more involved in and aware of the process of improving our operations,” said Chartier. “We’re very grateful to the colleagues who worked diligently to ensure the success of our self-evaluation process. This was a stimulating team effort, and it built greater understanding and a new level of commitment and team-spiritedness.”
— Darla Martin Tucker is the director of public relations for La Sierra University.