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Profile of registrant

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Identification number in the register: 32992107701-61
Registration date: 24/01/12 18:01:21

The information on this organisation was last modified on 26/01/15 11:35:08
The date of the last annual update was 26/01/15 11:35:08

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
Acronym: ACBSP
Legal status: not-for-profit organization incorporated in Kansas and recognized by IRS as a 501(c)3 organization
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade, business & professional associations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Douglas Viehland
Position: Executive Director

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Douglas Viehland
Position: Executive Director/Director of European Operations

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 11520 West 119th Street 
Overland Park KS 66213
Telephone number: (+1) 913 3399356
Fax number: (+1) 913 3396226
Other contact information: The following is the contact details for our office in Brussels:

Douglas Viehland
Executive Director/CEO and Director of European Operations
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
Rue Abbé Cuypers, 3
1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 741 24 26
Fax: +32 2 741 24 12

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn. ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching. Institutions are strongly encouraged to pursue a reasonable mutually beneficial balance between teaching and research. And further, ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 1
Complementary information: The above number includes Douglas Viehland. It previously included Panos Kostakos. He departed the position of Director of European Operations on December 31, 2013. His employment was not with ACBSP but with Trust Worldwide Supply. Our efforts may on occasion include volunteer leaders that are not included in the above number as this number cannot be determined.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

With the opening of our office in November 2011 there have been minimal activities to report. We conducted our first International Conference in November 2013.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Education


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

ACBSP maintains relationships with a number of organizations such as the European Council for Business Education, Russian Association for Business Education, International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education and are associated with the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. We continue to use this office to seek further relationships.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

In the interest of transparency, I am not certain I answered question 3 correctly. We did not receive any grants or procurement of services from EU institutions during the reported year. We continue to receive membership dues, accreditation fees, and charitable donations from our colleges and universities that are members. We are not certain this is requested data and do not want to submit misleading data. We expended funds to a foreign corporation to provide services of a Director of European Operations. This ended on December 2013. Other expenditures was travel to meetings and conferences by the representative of the company. If we receive a clarification of what is requested here or a request to provide more detailed information and in what format we would be pleased to compile and send to the requesting party.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.