Is the Geneva School of Business and Economics Accredited

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by Economist, Nov 18, 2016.

  1. Economist

    Economist New Member

    I came across the Geneva School of Business and Economics. Although, they do include info on their website pertaining to their accreditation, I can't seem to make much sense of it, which is why I need the forum's help.

    Recognition & Accreditation
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Nothing on that page indicates accreditation.
  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    When I read it, it says "We're unaccredited."
  4. Economist

    Economist New Member

    Thanks for the timely and reliable feedback!
  5. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    This is just another of the many Swiss Cantonally-licensed distance schools. They vary from awful to excellent; I name no names. None of them have the equivalent of what we call Institutional Accreditation. The better Cantonally-licensed schools have various programmatic accreditations - ACBSP etc. One very exclusive school of this type, IMD, has "triple-crown" accreditation - EQUIS, AACSB & AMBA. At the low end of the scale, there are schools that are pretty much degree mills. Again, I name no names.

    This Geneva School does not appear to have any well-known programmatic accreditation - or they'd be sure to let us know. The cost of a Bachelor's degree there is almost 20K. I'd say you could do better, either in Switzerland or elsewhere for that kind of money. If you want a degree from a Cantonal school, at least look for one with programmatic accreditation. Even so, your mileage can vary - a LOT! It is very important that you make sure such a degree will take you where you want to go - before you sign up.

    We've been over and over the reasons these (100% legal) Cantonal distance schools don't have / will probably never get mainstream (Swiss Federation) approval and I don't want to send anyone to sleep. Review the many threads if you need to.

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  6. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member

    It may be too new for accreditation.

    "Students of the new GSEM benefit from a new Bachelor’s degree that brings together the principal disciplines they need to master in a core curriculum. By choosing from an array of major and minor electives, upon graduation they will possess broad expertise for the pursuit of their careers or further studies. This new Bachelor’s degree also affords automatic entry into any Master’s degree program offered by the GSEM and even to a number of Master’s programs offered by other Universities and Institutes. This new curriculum will be in place starting in fall 2015, with orientation provided to assist new students with the transition.

    The GSEM’s new curriculum will be accompanied by innovative teaching methods designed to encourage individual learning and for greater relevance to the needs of the job market. The GSEM will meet international standards of excellence in order to gain accreditation and a prominent place in international rankings."
  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I don't think so. This is Switzerland. American 2-year rule doesn't apply here. Anyway, Cantonal schools can't get Swiss Federal recognition (equivalent to institutional accreditation) for reasons previously explained on this board - e.g. requirements of 100 full-time highly-qualified professors, buildings, library holdings etc - stuff a distance school can't do, period. Programmatic accreditation doesn't seem to have a cast-in stone 2-year (or other) rule. All an overseas school needs to apply to ACBSP is "sufficient degree-granting authority in (the school's) own country" - and Cantonal licensing covers that for them - and other programmatic accreditors. I see no reason why this school could not apply for programmatic accreditation - and so state in its advertising. (It will usually take two years or more to achieve recognized programmatic accreditation.) ACBSP candidates state that they've applied - regularly. But so far, AFAIK, this school hasn't applied.

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  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Considering how many of the Swiss schools rely on American programmatic accreditors to demonstrate institutional effectiveness, it certainly does apply.
  9. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Doesn't that 2-year rule only apply to institutional accreditation, RA or NA, Steve? It applies in a blanket sense in the US because the schools have to be institutionally accredited before the programmatic accreditors can look at programs. But abroad, all applicant schools need is "sufficient degree granting status in their own countries" - and licensing is often accepted for that, as in this case.

    So what can stop them from applying for porgrammatic accreditation as soon as the doors are open, if they want to?

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