AACSB International Business School Accreditation, New Standards, and Distance Ed
Published by: WCET | 8/29/2012
Today Frontiers is pleased to welcome Jerry Trapnell, Ph.D. of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International as our guest blogger. Dr. Trapnell shares with us here the process of AACSB’s review and update of its accreditation standards and processes and how these play into distance higher education.
AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) is currently involved in a multi-year review and update of its accreditation standards and processes. Founded in 1916, AACSB is the oldest professional, specialized accreditation body for university based business schools in the world. To date, the organization has accredited 655 institutions (less than 5% of the world’s institutions that offer business degrees) in 44 countries and territories. The current AACSB accreditation standards were adopted in 2003 and have evolved since then. But, the dynamic environment of management education globally, the impact of technology in the higher education space, growing demands for increased accountability, the increased focus on sustainable development, globalization of the educational experience, and the effects of the global financial crisis demanded a much more intensive review process which is expected to conclude with the adoption of new standards and processes in April 2013.
In its current standards review and update project, distance education and/or technology supported learning in all forms have received considerable
attention and consideration of how they should be addressed in any revised accreditation standards. Through a Distance/Online Education Task Force, recommendations on how the revised standard should address this important area have emerged. Though, the final revised standards are still in development and will require extensive review and analysis by all AACSB accredited schools, the following outlines the current thinking on distance/online educational programming and how the revised standards may address this important trend.
In summary, the emerging perspective on AACSB’s approach to distance delivery/technological supported learning is to view this in the context of qualitative dimensions that apply to all modes of delivery. In each accreditation review, regardless of the mode of delivery, business schools must demonstrate the qualitative dimensions of each degree programs meet the spirit and intent of the accreditation standards.
Jerry Trapnell, PhD.
Executive Vice President
Chief Accreditation Officer