Achieving AACSB International`s Initial Accreditation: The Montana

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Dr. Barbara M. Wheeling
Associate Professor
College of Business Director of Accreditation and Assessment
MSUB Coordinator of Institutional Assessment
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The first rule of assessment
Learning goals driven by the mission
Results for each program
◦ By location
◦ By delivery system
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Data storage
Reporting process
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Development
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Implementation
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The Assessment Cycle
Learning Goals and Learning Objectives
Alignment Matrix
Assessment Plan
Data storage
Reporting system
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Assessment teams
◦ Train to use rubrics
◦ Centralize and simplify assessment procedures
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Instructors
◦ Work with them to gather course-embedded tasks
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Standardized tests
◦ Plan ahead and budget early
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Communication on a continual basis
◦ Dean and faculty need to be able to discuss
assessment as well as the coordinator
◦ Everyone is responsible for making changes to
improve student learning
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Documentation
◦ Outline of the process
◦ Results – especially closing the loop
◦ Start writing early
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Centralize and Simplify
◦ Clear instructions
◦ Forms and templates
◦ Processes
 Conducting assessments
 Submitting results
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Polite Persistence
◦ “Friendly reminders”
 But– be sparing on emails
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Define roles and assign people
◦ Coordinator(s)
 Coordinate with author of Self-Evaluation Report
◦ Teams or persons responsible for conducting
assessments
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Attend assessment seminars
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Read the AACSB Standards, again and again
◦ Apply what you have learned
◦ Teach what you have learned
◦ Also read SER Guidelines, White Papers and Standards
updates
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Design formats for alignment matrix, assessment
plan and reports
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Develop learning goals and learning objectives
with faculty input
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Complete the alignment matrix
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Develop assessment plan
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Scheduling and assigning tasks
◦ May want to use project management software
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A key to successful achievement of
accreditation by AACSB is demonstrating
processes that ensure quality per the AACSB
standards.
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