The College is preparing for a visit by a review team from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) during the February 20 to 22 timeframe. The visiting team will confirm items that are included in a report prepared by the College and also explore areas of interest and concern to the team. The review team will prepare a report for presentation to the AACSB Board of Directors who makes the final accreditation decision. The purpose of accreditation is to improve collegiate business education in undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs and the profession. The AACSB Accreditation Standards are used as a basis to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programs, and other critical areas to assure that the business school is providing an educational program at the highest level based on the mission of the College. This evaluation is helpful to faculty, students, parents, and employers to assure that graduates are prepared after graduation from a degree program. AACSB is the premier accrediting agency for Schools of Business with standards that challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs.
Assessment of Learning (AOL) is an area that addresses a new standard since the College was last accredited. Faculty developed Learning Outcomes for each degree program to also include objectives which indicate what graduates from each degree program will be able to do after graduation. Direct assessment, while using a rubric, takes place in classes via instruments such as exams, cases, projects, demonstrations, and presentations. Based on AOL results, faculty members then recommend activities for improvement in areas where at least 70 percent of the students did not perform at the exemplary level based on the rubric. Assessment of Learning, as mandated by AACSB, is performed at the degree program level. Each degree program must be assessed a minimum of two times during any five-year period of time. The College Assessment of Learning web site can be located here. For additional information, please contact Professor Lloyd Brooks.