AIB College of Business
AIB College of Business is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational college of business in Des Moines, Iowa in the United States. AIB has an enrollment of almost 1,000 day, evening and online students. The campus features 17 buildings on 20 acres (81,000 m2) near downtown Des Moines. Residential, apartment-style housing is available for 520 students. AIB offers 23 Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree programs and four Bachelor of Science degrees.
American Institute of Business was founded in 1921 by Everett O. Fenton and Ray Hansen. The institution was first located at the Victoria Hotel on Sixth Avenue in Des Moines. In 1935, AIB moved to Tenth Street and Grand Avenue, the heart of the downtown business district. It educated students at that location for 37 years. In 1941, the college was reorganized as a nonprofit. In 1957, Keith Fenton becomes AIB's second president. In 1986, AIB became accredited with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. In 1998, Keith Fenton retired as president of AIB after 42 years of service. The Administration Building was renamed the Keith Fenton Administration Building. In 1999, Nancy Williams was elected president of AIB after 16 years with the College. In 2000, the college changed its name from American Institute of Business to AIB College of Business to better reflect its mission and purpose.
AIB offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Court Reporting and Steno Reporting. The college also offers Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree programs in the fields of Accounting, Business Administration, Information Technology, Sports and Event Management, Travel and Tourism, Media Communications, and Voice Captioning. Business Administration degrees are offered in the areas of Leadership, Financial Services, and Sales and Marketing. All Associate degree majors are also available online.
AIB is one of the few institutions in the United States that offers a college degree in Voice Captioning. As of the 2012-2013 school year, AIB will no longer be offering Closed Captioning and Court Reporting to new students. Those in the program will continue on to receive their degrees.
AIB is dedicated to its mission of providing quality educational opportunities that prepare students to build careers in business.
The average tuition rate at AIB in 2009 per student was $26000 per year including fees and books. The student to faculty ratio is approximately 18:1. Of the 7 degree programs offered at AIB, 5 of them are eligible for distance education.
AIB athletic teams are known as the Eagles. The college competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, golf and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, dance, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball. AIB also offers cheerleading as a co-ed sport.
The AIB Eagles play their basketball home games in the AIB Activities Center – a $5 million facility that can accommodate more than 1,100 people. The facility, built in 1999, features a gymnasium, running track, cardio room and weight room. It also has men’s and women’s locker rooms, a press box, scoreboards and concession areas.
The college features the following on-campus living accommodations to students:
- Dalton Hall
- Davidson Hall
- Kay Smith Eagles Hall
- Fenton Hall
- Honors Hall
- Merk Hall
- Opie Hall
- Power Hall