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AACSB and NVAO Collaborate on Accreditation Goals

June 2015

By Lee Davidson, Senior Associate, Copywriter/Editor; and Amy Ponzillo, Manager, Public Relations, AACSB International

Paul Zevenbergen (left), Executive Board Member, NVAO, shakes hands with Tom Robinson, President and CEO, AACSB International

Zevenbergen and Robinson sign the agreement.

At May’s inaugural Annual Accreditation Conference for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region in Amsterdam, AACSB International signed an innovative, international agreement with the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). The collaborative agreement will enable schools in this European region to earn initial accreditation (or complete their continuous improvement review), with both organizations under a single, streamlined process.

For schools in the Netherlands and Flanders, administrators will experience greater ease in preparing for accreditation review, while both AACSB and NVAO will still be able to uphold the rigor of their standards. As Tim Mescon, senior VP and chief officer of AACSB’s EMEA headquarters, notes in an NVAO press release, “The signing of this collaboration with NVAO will allow AACSB to partner with a [regional accrediting body], utilize the best of both organizational processes, while assuring only the highest quality of business education.”

Through this agreement, institutions have the opportunity to complete one review process—providing them the benefits of concurrent approval by both bodies, thereby reducing the administrative resources often required during multiple accreditation reviews. As a result, more than 20 institutions and a vast number of programs will benefit, allowing schools to reinvest key resources and energies back into the student and business communities they serve.

As the first collaboration of its kind in Europe and the greater Middle East and Africa regions, the signing of this agreement provides a firm foundation for future relationships with AACSB and other regional accrediting bodies.


News regarding the collaboration has appeared in the following press announcements (in Dutch):

Internationale samenwerkingsovereenkomst accreditatieorganisaties stroomlijnt proces hoger onderwijs (International Cooperation in Higher Education Accreditation Organizations Streamline Process), School Management Total, May 26

Business schools en NVAO vinden elkaar (Business Schools and NVAO Find Each Other), Science Guide, May 26

Gamechanger voor kwaliteit (Game Changer for Quality), Science Guide, May 27