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Why should I become a member of the IACBE?

What are the differences between the IACBE, ACBSP, and AACSB?

What is an outcomes assessment plan?

How soon do I need to have an outcomes assessment plan?

What is the purpose of becoming a candidate for accreditation?

For how long can I be a candidate for accreditation?

Does the IACBE have a program to assist academic business units through the accreditation process?

Where do I send the self study?

How long before the site visit must the self study be submitted?

How many copies of the self study need to be submitted?

Why should I become a member of the IACBE?

The IACBE is a leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based accreditation of business programs in teaching-oriented institutions of higher education worldwide. If you are interested in being part of an organization that helps you to strengthen your business programs, then the IACBE may be right for you. The IACBE exists to promote and recognize excellence in business education. Our philosophy of accreditation distinguishes us from the other business accrediting associations. Hundreds of institutions around the world have found that membership in and accreditation by the IACBE have helped them to improve their business programs. Our members testify that involvement in the IACBE has been a worthwhile investment.  [top]

What are the differences among the IACBE, ACBSP, and AACSB?

There are three professional business accrediting associations: the IACBE, the ACBSP, and the AACSB. Each has its own philosophy of accreditation and exists to serve particular types of institutions of higher education.

The IACBE exists to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education throughout the world whose primary purpose is excellence in teaching and learning. The IACBE accredits business programs that lead to degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels in institutions of higher education worldwide that grant bachelor’s and/or graduate degrees. The IACBE’s accreditation process is mission-driven and outcomes-based.

The ACBSP accredits business degree programs in both community colleges and institutions that award bachelor’s and graduate degrees. While the ACBSP has become more outcomes based, its accreditation process tends to be more prescriptive than that of the IACBE’s.

The AACSB serves institutions for which research is a high priority. It is the most prescriptive of the three business accrediting associations.   [top]

What is an outcomes assessment plan?

An outcomes assessment plan is a document that describes the process that will be used for the continuous quality enhancement of a business degree program.  The outcomes assessment process is based on the mission and broad-based goals of your business program, and provides a way for you to continually improve your business program. Click here for more information concerning the key content areas of an outcomes assessment plan.  [top]

How soon do I need to have an outcomes assessment plan?

An outcomes assessment plan is a document prepared by an academic business unit that outlines the process it uses to measure the academic quality of its business programs, the extent of its operational effectiveness, and the degree to which it is accomplishing its mission and broad-based goals. For IACBE purposes, the document includes a statement of mission and broad-based goals (both student learning and operational goals); identification of intended student learning outcomes and their associated measurement tools for each business program; identification of intended operational effectiveness outcomes and their associated measurement tools; and a description of the ways in which outcomes assessment is integrated into both the institution’s and the academic business unit’s strategic planning and budgeting processes. The outcomes assessment process is driven by the mission and broad-based goals of the academic business unit, and provides a basis for continuous improvement in its business programs. For more information about developing an outcomes assessment plan, see the key content areas of an outcomes assessment plan.  [top]

What is the purpose of becoming a candidate for accreditation?

The purpose of obtaining candidate for accreditation status is to provide the academic business unit with an opportunity to prepare itself to be in compliance with the IACBE’s Accreditation Principles, to develop a comprehensive self study, and to undergo a site visit conducted by a professional team of peer reviewers from IACBE member academic business units. [top]

How long can I be a candidate for accreditation?

Candidacy status in the IACBE normally will not exceed five years. In extenuating circumstances, the IACBE Board of Commissioners may grant an extension to candidacy.  [top]

Does the IACBE have a program to assist academic business units through the accreditation process?

Yes. The IACBE has established a mentoring program to assist its members through the accreditation process. For more information, see the IACBE’s Accreditation Process Manual. Please contact the IACBE headquarters to arrange for mentoring services. In addition, workshops are conducted at each annual conference that are designed to assist academic business units through the accreditation process.  [top]

Where do I send the self study?

Packages sent via U.S. mail should be shipped to the IACBE at P.O. Box 3960, Olathe, KS 66063 USA. Packages shipped by UPS, FedEx, or other carriers should be shipped to the IACBE at 11257 Strang Line Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215 USA.   [top]

How long before the site visit must the self study be submitted?

Your self-study materials must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the date of your site visit.  [top]

How many copies of the self study need to be submitted?

Please submit five copies of all materials.  [top]

 

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