Final Steps to Reaccreditation for SOM

Posted: February 11, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

A peer review team will visit the School of Management on Sunday, Feb. 17, in the final step to reaccreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). During their visit, the team will tour the campus, talk to faculty, students, and the business community to validate the contents of the self-evaluation report submitted by the school in August. Only about 10 percent of the 3,000 management programs in the United States are accredited.

The AACSB International accreditation process focuses on the quality of educational activities through self-evaluation and peer review. In the self-evaluation process, a school assesses its accomplishments in relation to its mission and objectives as well as the criteria in the accreditation standards. The peer review is an external analysis of a school’s processes for achieving its mission, assessing educational outcomes, and planning for continuous improvement.

Key areas of review by AACSB International include the school’s mission, faculty composition, undergraduate and graduate curriculum, the university’s and the school’s individual resources, the student body, and the intellectual contribution of faculty members in their discipline.

“The reaccreditation process provides us with the opportunity to pause and reflect on where we’ve been, what we’re doing, and where we are going in the future,” says Dave Harr, senior associate dean of SOM. “We can evaluate what processes work and what don’t and can determine how to modify those processes.”

See the full story in the January/February issue of the Mason Gazette.

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