Best Practices in Universities in Latin America
Besides all the benefits from accreditation in terms of both results of student learning and enhancement integrated management of business schools, a very important added value is the ability to leverage the emerging cooperation opportunity that comes out from the organization by regions in ACBSP.
It is not strange for nobody that a very much used strategy is the formation of networks or consortia that benefit their members, who in academic world opens up opportunities for double degrees, internships, exchange of students and teachers, study missions, joint research among others.
It is a feature of university members in Region 9, for sure also in other regions, the spirit of cooperation that arises and becomes one of the values of this universities team. Precisely in this area of cooperation Region 9 has established as a line of work the establishment of an institutional benchmarking system.
In this sense it was organized the first regional meeting of Best Practices in Educational Management Schools and Business Programs, from 5th to 7th of February in San Luis Potosi - Mexico, where universities from Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Peru presented best practices, highlighting the following experiences:
a) Standard 1: criterion 2.1 Social Responsibility
San Martin de Porres University presented the following initiatives in response of this criterion:
v Carbon Neutral Campus. They have developed an initiative to face the effects of their operations that cause climate change by measuring, reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions in order to become a Carbon Neutral institution, becoming the 2nd university in Latin America that progresses in this initiative.
v Social Responsibility Management. They have implemented management practices on issues related to quality life within organization, business ethics, community outreach and environmental management, which has enabled them to obtain for the second consecutive year the award as a social responsible organization (ESR), among other companies, being the only university to get this recognition in Peru.
b) Standard 2: Criterion 2.1 Formal process of Strategic Planning
University Business Foundation of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá - Uniempresarial presented the planning model that meets this criterion, characterized by:
v Participative Strategic planning, ensuring satisfaction and results.
v Systematization and frequency of monitoring compliance goals.
v Incorporation of the improving plan to the permanent measurement system.
v Prospective and planning oriented to fulfilling strategic objectives
c) Standard 3: Criterion 3.4 Use of information obtained from students and stakeholders
Anahuac Mayab University of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, introduced the means they use to get information from its various stakeholders:
v Advisory Council (employers)
v Alumni Council
v Government linkage
v Alumni monitoring
v Contact with employers
Furthermore they have established different ways to use this information:
v Generation Anahuac Magazine
v Anahuac Medal
v Permanent campaign of data update
v Placement center
v Vacancies for foreign opportunities
v Integration to academic programs
v Improvement of tutorials
v Improving graduate programs
v Collegiate working, among teachers
d) Standard 4: Measurement and Analysis of Learning and Student Performance
UNAPEC, University of Dominican Republic, presented their experience that led to institutionalize from its strategic plan, the goal of "Developing a of Quality and Continuous Assessment Culture ", in order to achieve greater accuracy and relevance in the making decision system in academic improvement processes, resulting in:
v Systematic implementation of the student assessment practices.
v Dissemination of results among faculty to involve them in strategies and improvements, as a way to reinforce commitment to quality
v Processes to continuously improve quality educational practices establishing instruments with greater rigorousity.
v Reports of results with graphs and statistics by course showing results, actions taken and proposed.
v Use of independent external evaluations to know students perceptions and assess the achievement of their competences.
e) Standard 5: Criterion 5.3 Faculty qualifications
UNID, University from Mexico, presented their experience on how to address the challenge of ensuring faculty profile in all subjects and programs in all its 49 sites. For this they have developed and implemented strategies such as:
v Collaborative Learning.
v Training models with technological support.
v Creative Apps in classrooms
v Development of 12 new courses to faculty on topics to improve their Performance in the classroom through the use of new technological tools
v Active participation of teachers in marketing strategies
f) Standard 6: Criterion 6.1 Education design and delivery
Autonomous University of Aguascalientes from Mexico, presented their experience on strategies established for different aspects of this criterion:
o Procedures established to carry out the design and revision of curriculum. This process is standardized and registered under its Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2008 certified).
o Employment of social needs, academic feasibility and economic studies, as well as the collegial work of a committee composed of faculty, students, alumni, institutional educational advisors and entrepreneurs.
v Teaching of programs to obtain degrees
o Incorporation of its study plans and contents of each course into the quality management system that can be accessed by everybody who need it.
v Supplementary Curriculum Design
o Besides covering the CPC, curriculum includes course and supplementary activities that enhance overall education of students.
These are some of the issues presented so far among universities in this first Region 9 benchmarking meeting and we are confident that further progress in this form of cooperation will allow greater benefits not only to students but also to institutions.
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