Accreditation means that a program has met a set of standards regarding curriculum, administration, program mission, student admissions, quality faculty, student services and placement, and facilities. There are regional, national, and international accreditations. All accreditations require some form of peer reviewed quality assessment of each program.
"It means the program has gone through a rigorous process of self-study, an accreditation commission review, and an extensive on-site visit by a team of experts. In brief, accreditation is one of many signs of quality that a student can use when considering academic programs1."
To ensure the highest quality of programs, universities should be accredited by organizations in the region or from the subfield that they serve. This ensures that the accreditation peer review team fully understands the needs of the region or field of study.
California State University, Bakersfield is regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
In recognition of the School's commitment to quality, the B.S. and M.B.A. degree programs in Business Administration are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, which places CSUB in the top 5% of business schools world wide. The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). CSUB's School of Business and Public Administration (BPA) is one of the smaller schools nationally to have its programs accredited by BOTH AACSB and NASPAA-further confirming that-CSUB BPA is YOUR local opportunity for educational excellence.