Accreditation

The Culverhouse College of Business has been continuously accredited by AACSB International since 1929. The Culverhouse School of Accountancy holds specialized AACSB accreditation in accounting, part of an elite group of less than 1 percent of business schools worldwide.

AACSB accreditation is the benchmark of quality worldwide and is most widely sought after by business schools. Less than five percent of institutions worldwide have earned the achievement. 

AACSB accreditation ensures that the Culverhouse College of Business provides a high-quality, mission-driven curriculum for our students that is assessed through a rigorous process, professional development for our faculty and staff, and accountability to our stakeholders. Perhaps most importantly, it provides a framework for continuous improvement that challenges the Culverhouse College of Business to continually build on our success and strive to be better.  

You can read more about AACSB accreditation and what it means for our students, faculty, and staff here.

Watch this video to learn more about AACSB:

Tracking Student Outcomes

As part of our commitment to continuous improvement and accountability to our stakeholders, we regularly review data on the outcomes achieved by our students.  Below are some key data regarding our student enrollments, retention, graduation, placement, and learning outcomes. 

C&BA Student Enrollment, Fall 2012 through Fall 2017

 

Degree Program

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

BSCBA - campus

6,173

6,527

6,944

7,389

7,701

8,060

BSCBA-online

390

434

441

452

410

474

MBA

174

150

137

143

158

185

Executive MBA

51

54

50

51

57

56

Masters-campus

197

221

243

210

205

185

Masters-online

71

94

88

95

95

106

Ph.D.

101

96

91

89

81

89

 

UA - C&BA Undergraduate Retention Rates

 

 

Cohort

Retention Rates (%)

2nd Year

3rd Year

UA

C&BA (remain at UA)

C&BA (remain in C&BA)

UA

C&BA (remain at UA)

C&BA (remain in C&BA)

2014 86.5 89.6 80.4 78.8 82.5 69.1
2015 86.2 88.3 80.0      

 

Culverhouse BSCBA Graduation Counts*

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
BSCBA 1,447 1,563 1,677 1,876 2,045

*Includes both campus and online graduate students

 

 

Summary of BSCBA Placement Rates (%) and Starting Salaries ($) (May graduates)

 

Major

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

%

$ % $ % $ % $ % $
Accounting 87 52,222 88 45,361 88 47,978 94 45,167 93 46,211
Economics 88 48,833 88 46,417 85 44,446 83 49,500 96 60,568
Finance 78 59,173 88 46,290 79 51,742 92 59,148 90 50,745
Gen Business 75 60,000 88 42,929 72 50,937 93 46,313 91 57,092
Management 75 40,155 97 40,627 75 40,531 91 45,183 89 44,247
MIS 97 64,772 98 58,814 100 61,311 100 58,443 95 62,032
Marketing 82 44,571 89 41,524 78 40,346 94 42,901 92 48,810
Operations Management 78 59,333 94 58,500 77 51,117 94 52,736 93 49,727
C&BA Total 81 54,497 91 47,357 82 49,032 94 50,698 92 52,298

 

Summary of MBA Placement Rates (%) and Starting Salaries ($)

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
 

%

$

%

$

%

$

%

$

%

$

MBA 90.7 65,849 82.3 58,772 90.1 64,893 84.4 66,755 88.9 72,217

 

Assurance of Learning

We regularly assess the extent to which our students have mastered the main concepts of our undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Each degree has student learning goals and subgoals that are assessed in multiple courses every two years.  The faculty review the results and make adjustments to the curriculum to help continually improve the performance of students.  

Below are the most recent results from our undergraduate (Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration, BSCBA) and MBA students. 

*2017 BSCBA Assurance of Learning Results

Learning Goal

Results (%)
  Campus Online
Systems Thinking

97

85
  • Contextualization

95

86
  • Cross-Disciplinary Integration

98

84
Problem & Opportunity Recognition

96

84
  • Problem Identification

95

85
  • Opportunity Recognition

96

84
Logical Reasoning & Analysis

90

73
  • Critical Thinking

93

75
  • Qualitative/Quantitative Analysis

87

70
Decision Making & Evaluation

96

74
  • Conclusions

95

80
  • Implications/Consequences

96

68
Written Communication

93

85
  • Organization

96

89
  • Verbal Expression

97

95
  • Visual Impression

90

87
  • Mechanics

92

69

 

2016 MBA/EMBA Assurance of Learning Results*

Learning Goal

Results (%)
Systems Thinking

96

  • Contextualization

98

  • Cross-Disciplinary Integration

95

  • Critical Thinking

97

  • Qualitative/Quantitative Analysis

95

Problem & Opportunity Recognition

92

  • Problem Identification

93

  • Opportunity Identification

91

Decision Making & Implementation

97

  • Conclusions

98

  • Implications/Consequences

97

Written Communication

95

  • Organization

100

  • Verbal Expressions

93

  • Verbal Impression

98

  • Mechanics

91

Oral Communication

89

  • Organization

100

  • Style & Tone

100

  • Eye Contact
100
  • Body Language

100

  • Vocal Expression

100

*Results % is the percentage of students that met or exceeded expectations on each dimension