Standards Compliance Review (AUP)

In 2005, MBA CSEA developed a Standards Compliance Review process (formerly known as AUP, or Agreed Upon Procedures), to increase knowledge of the Standards and improve interpretation by a diverse audience. Each year, member schools have the opportunity to enter data into our Employment Data System and elect to make it eligible for an external review. 20 schools are randomly selected from those who are eligible. A CPA firm reviews their data and data collection processes in comparison with the Standards to recommend ways the school can improve, as well as share best practices. MBA CSEA publishes the list of schools who elect to be eligible for a review. The list of the 20 schools who are selected and participate, and the results from the reviews, remain confidential and are not shared with other schools.

Schools who are eligible for a Standards Compliance Review are making an external statement that their data is collected according to the Standards and that they are open to their data collection processes being evaluated by an external review firm.

Schools that make their data eligible for a review benefit from...
  • External acknowledgment that their employment data is collected using agreed upon Standards and is accurate and comparable with other schools
  • Tips for how to improve data collection processes
  • Public recognition by MBA CSEA, as well as rankings institutions such as U.S. News & World Report
  • Schools eligible for a review have the option of purchasing a Standards Badge to include on their marketing materials, indicating their participation in the process. Contact our Executive Director for more information. 

For more information about the process, please contact our Standards Consultant, Derek Walker.

How to make your data eligible for a review

Enter your data into the MBA CSEA Employment Data System from October through December each year. On the "Basic Questions" page, you will see a question asking if your school would like to participate in the program. By checking this box, you are agreeing to participate in a Compliance Review, if selected. Please note that no exceptions are provided once the selections are made. Please be sure you are authorized to make this decision on behalf of your school. 

Class of 2018 Eligible Schools

American University

Texas Christian University

Arizona State University

Texas State University

Asian Institute of Management

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Asia School of Business

Tilburg University

Auburn University

Tulane University

Babson College

University at Buffalo

Baruch College/City University of New York

University College Dublin

Baylor University

University of Alabama

Boston College

University of Arizona

Boston University

University of Arkansas

Brandeis University

University of British Columbia

Carnegie Mellon University

University of California, Berkeley

Case Western Reserve University

University of California, Davis

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

University of California, Irvine

Claremont Graduate University

University of California, Los Angeles

College of William & Mary

University of California, Riverside

Columbia University

University of California, San Diego

Cornell University

University of Chicago


University of Cincinnati

Drexel University

University of Colorado

Duke University

University of Connecticut

Emory University

University of Denver


University of Florida


University of Georgia

Fordham University

University of Houston

George Washington University

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Georgetown University

University of Iowa

Georgia Institute of Technology

University of Kentucky

Harvard University

University of Maryland, College Park

IESE Business School

University of Miami


University of Michigan

Indiana University

University of Minnesota

Iowa State University

University of Mississippi

Johns Hopkins University

University of Missouri - Columbia

Louisiana State University

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


University of Notre Dame

Michigan State University

University of Oklahoma

Mississippi State University

University of Oregon

National University of Singapore

University of Pennsylvania

New York University

University of Pittsburgh

North Carolina State University

University of Rochester

Northeastern University

University of San Diego

Northwestern University

University of San Francisco

Ohio State University

University of South Carolina

Penn State University

University of Southern California

Pepperdine University

University of Texas at Austin

Purdue University

University of Utah

Rice University

University of Virginia

Rutgers The State University of New Jersey

University of Washington

Sabanci University

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Saint Louis University

Vanderbilt University

Southern Methodist University

Washington University in St. Louis

Stanford University

Willamette University

Syracuse University

Yale University

Temple University

York University

Texas A&M University



"Through a confidential consultation, school’s participating in AUP receive valuable input (and assurance) on the effectiveness and accuracy of their current processes.  Furthermore, MBA CSEA AUP participation helps to instill trust and confidence in a school’s public reports on its MBA employment outcomes"

- Paul Poissant, Director, Employer Relations, Penn State University