Accreditation & Business Plan


Anderson University’s Falls School of Business and MBA Program are accredited by ACBSP—the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs. Here are a few FAQs about the program answered by Dr. Jeff Buck, MBA program director.

What does it mean to be accredited?
Accreditation is a process that recognizes universities with an assurance of quality education.

How does a program become accredited?
To become accredited, a university must go through an extensive audit, including preparing written documents and also undergoing a site visit. This process must be renewed regularly.

What’s the value in becoming accredited by ACBSP?
Students may find themselves in positions to receive employment benefits or increased opportunities for employment. For students continuing on to higher levels of education, an accredited degree may be a pre-requisite. For universities, accreditation can provide prestige and credibility when seeking funding resources (from donors, foundations or government entities).

What’s the difference between ACBSP and AACSB?
Both ACBSP and AACSB are accreditation agencies. Larger schools with focuses on research tend to be accredited by AACSB, while smaller schools with focuses on teaching tend to be accredited by ACBSP. Of course, there are exceptions, but each accreditation is generally tailored to a different type of business school.


On April 28, over 200 students, faculty, staff and supporters gathered at the Flagship Enterprise Center in Anderson to watch the first-ever graduate level business plan competition. Whittled down from 37 business plans, only six teams competed for the top prize.

“The business plan competition was a vital part of the MBA experience. I can only hope that the Falls School of Business will make it a tradition, so that future students can experience what we did. Winning a competition was the highlight of my experience at Anderson University until graduation.” – Anna Semenova

“The room was packed and you could feel the electricity when you walked into the room. I was truly impressed with all six business plans and I wasn’t sure which team would come away with the prize.”  — Dr. Terry Truitt, Dean of the Falls School of Business

“It was great to see all the hard work during the semester finally payoff with the final competition. From the very beginning of class, you could feel the added incentive that created an exciting buzz throughout the semester for each team to win the big prize. The achievement of being part of the first winning team of the Anderson Entrepreneurial Competition is something I’ll never forget.” – Joe Wilburn

“The win was a direct result of being able to combine all that we have learned and turning it into a collective plan and goal. Gandhi said it best: “Satisfaction does not come with achievement, but with effort. Full effort is full victory.” The satisfaction of winning the competition was a direct result of knowing that all of my sacrifices, hard work and effort resulted in victory in the competition, and victory in successful completion of the Anderson University MBA program.” — Charmagne Kirby

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The AU MBA program is a traditional MBA program designed for the working professional. Classes meet in the evening and mostly one night each week. Most students complete the program in less than 23 months. The MBA program is offered on the Anderson campus and in several locations in the Indianapolis area. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) nationally accredits the Anderson University MBA program, and Anderson University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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