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Accreditation Corner: Going Digital with Campus Labs

Posted By Steven Parscale, Monday, March 17, 2014
Updated: Friday, January 30, 2015

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.

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Accreditation Corner: ACBSP Standards & Criteria, Why?

Posted By Steven Parscale, Saturday, January 5, 2013
Updated: Friday, January 30, 2015

Cheating stock image via Wikimedia Commons by user HariadhiACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. This is ACBSP’s mission. It is why we exist — to improve academic quality. I think you would agree this is an honorable purpose. The standards and criteria are designed to be a tool to help improve academic quality. People who do not use the tool correctly, or choose to cheat or shortcut the accreditation process miss an opportunity to positively affect their students and our global society.

Accreditation is a process of important steps that are required to achieve the full benefit of the work put forth. Obtaining accreditation is very much the same as obtaining a college degree. Obtaining a college degree is a process of important steps like reading, writing, presenting, thinking, etc. over a period of time. The success is not the degree or the accreditation; the success is the journey. The success is what people learn about themselves and their world as they work through the process of earning a degree, or earning the accreditation. Cheating, or taking short cuts, not only hurts the person doing it, but also disrespects the system that is designed to provide them the education or the accreditation.

Large-scale cheating has been uncovered over the last year at some of the nation’s most competitive schools, like the Air Force Academy and Harvard. A link to the full article published Sept. 7 in The New York Times is provided here: Students Cheating. In another example, it was not students cheating but a faculty member. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on October 8 that Yoshitaka Fujii faked nearly 200 medical studies over two decades. That full article is also available to subscribers through this hyperlink: The Great Pretender.

Another similar problem is contending with degree mills and accreditation mills. These counterfeit entities provide bogus degrees and accreditation. Sometimes the students are aware of the bogus degree and sometimes they are not. Either way it is detrimental to society. This link will take you to one of many sources of information about degree and accreditation mills.

It will benefit everyone to use the ACBSP accreditation standards and criteria properly. It is not beneficial to falsify data or information to be accredited. Even if it takes longer to complete the process properly, the benefits are worth it. Cheating is not beneficial in college or for accreditation. Do the right thing; do the work and reap the rewards.

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