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RIT College of Business Accreditation records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0599

Scope and Contents

Included within this collection are the accreditation reports and analyses of full-time faculty, part-time faculty, undergraduate courses and programs, as well as graduate courses and programs. There are preliminary self-study reports ranging from 1981-1987 prior to the institution earning its AACSB accreditation. Within these documents, there are subsections that focus on the following: general information; the college’s objectives, admissions and student related information; personnel; program curriculums; library and computer resources; facilities and services; financial resources; facilities and equipment; and educational innovation and technology.

After an institution receives AACSB accreditation, there are continuous improvement reviews that are ongoing and often happen every five years. RIT COB is required to complete AACSB Self-Evaluation Reports to assess their sustained progress and quality standards. Information within the self-evaluation report from 1993-1994 analyzes the COB's mission, objectives, composition, and curriculum. Instructional resources as well as intellectual contributions by faculty are also examined.

Upon RIT COB’s 2nd self-evaluation report in 1998, the college created a plan for development that focused on COB’s mission, vision, and values, as well as developmental strategies, a pay-for-performance system, and resources needed. This report also assessed the current state of the college. There are also task force reports on the college’s MBA program, total quality, and faculty performance.

For RIT COB’s 3rd self-evaluation report in 2003-2004, there are consultative and maintenance review reports along with correspondence. The Fifth Year Maintenance Report also includes the following: an executive summary, mission statement and situational analysis, a strategic plan for COB, program information and updates, assessment tools and procedures, and financial strategies.

Included within this report are a list of RIT Comparison groups. There is a report about the state of RIT’s COB in 2004. In addition to the reports, there is a digital CD copy of pertinent information.


  • Creation: 1981-2004


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) is a nonprofit membership organization that was founded in 1916 under the name of American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB’s goal was to assess colleges across the USA and provide accreditation to those that met quality standards. AACSB has undergone various name changes over the years, but ultimately has decided on AACSB International since this name acknowledges “that both business and business schools had become global enterprises”. AACSB has become an internationally recognized accreditation for business schools.

Retrieved June 3, 2015 from AACSB Frequently Asked Questions:

The mission of AACSB International is to advance “quality management education through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services”. Other products and services that AACSB offers include: conferences, seminars, symposiums, and webinars, publications, access to extensive global data and corresponding reports related to business schools, networking through groups and events held online and in live environments, and sponsorships, exhibiting, and business development opportunities.

Retrieved June 3, 2015 from AACSB’s About Us:

As noted in the RIT College of Business records (see related resources), Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) acquired the McKechnie-Lunger School of Commerce and created a department of Business Administration in 1952. Majors within the college at this time included: accounting, management, real estate and insurance, executive secretarial work, and medical-dental secretarial training. The department also offered legal and insurance secretaryship as well as selling and advertising short courses. The College of Business was officially established in 1960.

Upon RIT’s move from downtown Rochester to Henrietta, a MBA program was founded. COB continued to add and refine programs that would best serve its students by providing them with a unique education that combined technology, innovation, and career-oriented experiences through the cooperative program. According to the Saunders College of Business History website, COB has been recognized and awarded with the following: the USA Today Quality Award from 1992-2001, the U.S. News & World Report’s Top 50 Ranking in 1996 and 2001-2003, and an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) Accreditation.

Retrieved June 3, 2015 from Saunders College of Business History:

To become accredited, the Saunders College of Business had to “pass a rigorous assessment of quality by a team of deans from several peer institutions representing AACSB International”. Saunders College of Business earned its AACSB Accreditation in 1988 after several years of preparation and has since proven that it is deserving of this prestigious recognition.

Retrieved June 3, 2015 from What is AACSB?:


2 Linear Feet (3 Half-Hollinger Boxes, 1 Hollinger Box, 1 File Boxes)




RIT College of Business Accreditation records document the College of Business accreditation process with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) from 1981-2004. The materials were donated to the RIT Archives by Jerry Curnutt, the College of Business (COB) Assistant Dean for Administration and Minors Advisor.


Materials are arranged chronologically and by series.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 744 and 745

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

RIT College of Business Accreditation records

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials were donated to the RIT Archives by Jerry Curnutt, the College of Business (COB) Assistant Dean for Administration and Minors Advisor in 2010.

Accession number(s): 2010:001

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jenna Bossert in June 2015.

RIT College of Business Accreditation records
RIT Archives
Jenna Bossert
02 June 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA