ISM, based in Paris and New York, is a truly international institution offering program options in five continents, as well as online. It is important for students and alumni to know that in addition to having all programs accredited by the ACBSP, the International School of Management is recognized by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research.
Specialized, programmatic accreditation is a voluntary process which involves rigorous internal and external reviews. The fact that a school has succeeded in getting its programs accredited means that it has engaged in strategic reflection with its primary stakeholders, has conducted institutional research on all its key resources and activities, and has submitted an in-depth self-study report. This self-study has been reviewed by the accrediting body and the school has been visited by external peer evaluators who have made an independent recommendation to the accrediting body. The school must furthermore report regularly on its key institutional outcomes and continuous improvement processes.
Recognition from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research means that the establishment is officially registered as a private institute of higher learning in France, that its programs are considered higher education programs, and that it is authorized to issue diplomas. The establishment has submitted documentation on its governance, resources, the academic content of its programs and the teaching staff and received approval. This recognition can be key for alumni in obtaining the recognition of qualifications in other countries.
All ISM programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)*, a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence and student learning outcomes. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn.
ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels. The ACBSP is also a European Affiliate of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) established in 2000 to promote European cooperation in the field of quality assurance in higher education.
ISM is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The IACBE Board of Commissioners has granted accreditation to all ISM"s degree programs offered in all locations. The IACBE is one of the world's leading outcomes based accreditation bodies for specialized business accreditation and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) in the United States. Their focus is on student-centered learning.
US State Authority to Confer Diplomas*
ISM is authorized by the Delaware Department of Education to confer academic and honorary degrees in the U.S.
Recognition from the French Ministry of Education*
ISM is recognized as a private establishment of higher education in France with an official status from the French Ministry of Education: Etablissement d'enseignement supérieur libre. ISM's International MBA, DBA and PhD programs are recognized as higher education programs.
ISM is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a not-for-profit corporation of educational institutions, corporations, and other organizations devoted to the promotion and improvement of higher education in business administration and management. AACSB International is the professional organization for management education and the premier accrediting agency for Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. The association was organized in 1916 and now includes more than 927 members worldwide.
ISM is an Institutional Member of the Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA), and has affirmed its commitment to excellence in higher education.
ATHEA is a not-for-profit, membership-based association that seeks to advance quality in higher education through institutional accreditation based on the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG), which is required for recognition by the European Quality Assurance Register in Higher Education (EQAR).
ISM is one of the founding members of ATHEA.
Further information can be found at ATHEA's website: www.athea.org
ISM is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in France.
The AmCham's more than 500 members include more than 150 CAC 40 and Fortune 100 companies. The Chamber’s activities and operations are completely funded by dues and contributions from its members.Part of a network of 115 AmChams worldwide, AmCham France is a gateway to a global and dynamic business community. The Chamber organizes roundtables with top decision-makers from U.S., French and European government administrations and international business leaders to promote a constructive dialogue on a variety of strategic issues, including: taxation, talent management, data protection, sustainable development, intellectual property rights and trade harmonization.
ISM is a member of the Executive DBA Council.
The mission of the Council is to foster excellence and innovation in executive doctoral degree programs worldwide. The Council serves its membership by helping the involved business schools improve their programs, by enabling exchanges between their Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and by facilitating professional development of individuals who have responsibilities for executive doctoral degree programs. The Council was founded in 2011 with a mission to foster excellence and innovation in executive doctoral degree programs worldwide.
*Authorization from the Delaware Department of Education to confer diplomas is granted to ISM, Inc. in the U.S. Recognition from the French Ministry of Education is granted to ISMA, établissement d'enseignement supérieur, in France. ACBSP accredits the programs offered by ISMA in France. ISM is not associated with any state university system and cannot guarantee recognition of its diplomas by other institutions or national education systems..