AACSB Accreditation
 
In 1916, AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) was established as a membership organization for business schools—a place where business schools could network and discuss issues that affected the business education industry and their institutions. In 1919, the first AACSB Accreditation Standards were adopted with the primary objective of improving collegiate business education. In 1980, an additional set of accreditation standards were developed for undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs in Accountancy to address the special needs of that profession. Throughout the years, both the AACSB Business and Accounting Accreditation Standards have been continually revised to reflect the ever-changing needs of business and its students.  
 
Today, the AACSB Accreditation Standards are used as the basis to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programs, and other critical areas. AACSB accreditation ensures students and parents that the business school is providing a top-quality education. It also ensures employers that AACSB-accredited business school graduates are ready to perform on day one. Additionally, AACSB accreditation provides many benefits to the faculty and staff at its accredited schools by attracting higher quality students, providing greater research opportunities, and allowing for global recognition.  
 
The Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance at Shanghai Jiao Tong University is proud to be a member of AACSB International.  
  
SAIF’s mission is to become a world class institution of research and advanced learning in finance and management. SAIF is committed to developing top talent and cutting‐edge knowledge, with a focus on Chinese markets and their global connections.
 
Assurance of Learning at SAIF
 
Assurance of Learning refers to processes of demonstrating that students achieve learning expectations for the programs in which they participate. Schools use assurance of learning to demonstrate accountability and assure external constituents (such as potential students, trustees, public officials, supporters, and accrediting organizations) that the school meets its goals. Assurance of Learning also assists the school and faculty members in improving programs and courses. By measuring learning, the school can evaluate its students’ success at achieving learning goals, use the metrics to plan improvement efforts, and often provide feedback and guidance for individual students.
 
Overall Learning Goals
 
The determination of learning goals, like that of our mission, is an iterative and on‐going process at SAIF. The following four learning goals are shared among all programs:

1. Students shall demonstrate mastery of financial tools and apply them appropriately and innovatively to both identify and solve business problems.
2. Students shall attain a current and functional knowledge of the business environment in China, including relevant best practices, and gain effective experience in the application of a global knowledge base to Chinese business.
3. Students will demonstrate effective communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills.
4. Students will conduct their careers with the highest standards of integrity and with a goal of making a positive impact on their community.
 
Individual Program Goals
 
MF Program
• Students will master advanced quantitative and empirical methods and develop a fluency in financial data sources and analysis tools.
• Students will enhance their knowledge and gain critical experience by applying their skills in real‐time, real‐world problems through active learning courses and projects.
 
MBA Program
• Students will develop advanced managerial skills, equipping them for strategic development functions in financial firms, as well as for financial planning functions in other industries.
• Students will be able to apply their financial expertise in practical settings, facilitate teamwork, and provide innovative solutions.
 
EMBA Program
• Students will hone their leadership skills and augment them with modern financial knowledge and global management insights.
• Students will master a risk‐based approach to finance and business that enables students to improve managerial and investment performance.
 
Ph.D. Program
• Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend and critically evaluate cutting-edge research in business.
• Students will conduct rigorous and creative research and disseminate it, thereby contributing to the knowledge base.
 
Milestones of SAIF's AACSB Accreditation
 
January, 2013
SAIF’s Accreditation Mentor visited SAIF to assist with SAIF’s Standards Alignment Plan (SAP) development.
 
August, 2013
SAIF successfully passed Eligibility Application (EA) and entered the Pre-Accreditation process.
 
December, 2012
SAIF was accepted as an official member of AACSB International.
 
October, 2012
AACSB International’s Chief Accreditation Officer, Professor Robert Reid, and Asia Pacific CEO, Professor Eileen Peacock, visited SAIF and met with the SAIF Management Committee.