Quality Assurance Across Borders: ACBSP Accreditation
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Posted by: Melinda Dorning
accreditation practices and quality assurance across borders were topics that
ACBSP Executive Director Douglas Viehland addressed at the Asia-Pacific Quality
Network Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Overland Park, KS, USA (March 14, 2014) At the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) Conference, www.apqn.org, held in Hanoi, Vietnam on March 7-8, Douglas Viehland (pictured right), Executive Director of ACBSP, was part of a panel discussion titled: "Quality Assurance Across Borders: Different Models for Education/Different Models for Quality Assurance." Other panelists included Professor Lee Keng-Mun, William, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and Erika Soboleva, The Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance and Career Development (AKKORK), Russia. Dr. Jan Cameron, Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA), New Zealand was the moderator (pictured standing).
panel discussion, Viehland described how the ACBSP Standards and Criteria and
processes are structured to create a global standard that can be achieved by business
schools no matter their location in the world.
At a session
held the next day, Viehland described a “path to innovation” that has led ACBSP
from an organization with 370 members in 2003 to one with more than 1,220
member campuses in 56 different countries in 2014.
adopted an existing quality standard used by businesses, creating a system-wide
accreditation process for large systems,” said Viehland. “We also have
innovative processes in place that support success, such as assigning mentors,
holding site team consensus calls, and sharing self-studies as best-practice
examples with candidates for accreditation,” he said.
established a cohort accreditation process for a group of 10 schools in
Mongolia. This group is setting a standard of excellence in business education
in the Asia Pacific region,” Viehland said. “The
Institute of Finance and Economics (IFE)
was the first school in Mongolia to achieve accreditation through ACBSP in 2012.
There are now 19 member campuses in Mongolia, three of which are accredited and
15 more are in candidacy for accreditation,” he said.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) www.acbsp.org, is the only global accrediting body to accredit
business, accounting, and business-related programs at all degree levels.
mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the
accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP, www.acbsp.org, is recognized by the Council for
Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently
has 1,233 member campuses, 195 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of
those campuses, 923 have achieved accreditation and more than 210 are in
candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 11,000.
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