ACBSP has implemented an online reporting platform for self-studies and quality
assurance reports, called Campus Labs. Campus Labs is running similar reporting platforms for regional accreditors such
as North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
(NCA-HLC), and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
The research and development phase started in 2012 and rolled over into 2013. The cost
is $80,000 per year. ACBSP incurred the cost for the first two years. In 2014, we will start
adding a $200 technology fee to annual membership invoices of schools in candidacy and
those with accredited status.
This is a great value when you consider all the features that
come with the system.
Our members will have access to all their archived reports and feedback — no more
shipping or mailing paper reports, no printing costs, plus access to many other Campus
Labs tools for free. Campus Labs provides training and technical support. The platform
has some great features for learning and reporting. A customized HELP tab will house
user documentation and video tutorials. The system offers pre-loaded Standards and
Criteria as well as quality assurance reports. Clicking on a criterion allows users to page
through the requirements to respond, edit or add evidence.
Business units can create a file folder system and upload evidence/documents into the
Evidence File for referencing in the self-study or quality assurance report. Users with edit
rights can type in the Institutional Response area or copy and paste text from Microsoft
Word®. Users can link to sources of evidence in the narrative, including linking to specific
page numbers in PDF documents.
A dashboard area displays the status of the self-study, including assigned users and internal
due dates for institutional workflow processes. The site includes an activity log with a
saved version of each change to the Institutional Response for each criterion. Users can
export a printable file of the entire self-study to PDF or Microsoft Word®.
Several business units volunteered to test the platform. The training for the test phase
starts this week and several business units will start entering data and information into
the quality assurance report template in October 2013. Other testers will be entering self–study
data and information starting in November or December 2013. The process will be
used by a majority of business units by the fall of 2014, and will become mandatory for all
business units in 2015. I hope you enjoy the benefits as much as I believe you will.