2017 Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting
20th Anniversary ACAM
San Francisco • California • USA
18-21 April 2017
In addition to sessions on the conference theme and other areas relating to advancing academic quality and excellence in business education, the 2017 ACAM will also feature the following accreditation workshops (for an additional fee):
Integrating Employability Skills into Business Programs
In this workshop, we will explore seven competencies that are broadly called ‘career-readiness factors’ (or ‘employability factors’), and how to integrate these competencies into business curricula. The competencies include (1) critical thinking/problem solving, (2) oral/written communication, (3) teamwork/collaboration, (4) information technology application, (5) leadership, (6) professionalism/work ethic, and (7) career management. Interestingly, when given a list of career-readiness factors that included technical knowledge related to the job, employers rated six items above technical knowledge. As educators, this tells us that we need to do more than provide students with a discipline-specific, knowledge-based education; we also need to help them to develop the employability skills for which employers are looking. The workshop will focus on these employability competencies and how to build them into our curricula in ways that are meaningful and that will help our graduates to be ‘career ready’ when they leave our institutions.
Developing a Comprehensive Outcomes Assessment Plan
Attendance at an assessment workshop is a requirement prior to (i) the submission of an application for candidacy status and (ii) the preparation of a self-study for reaffirmation of accreditation. This workshop focuses on how to design a comprehensive outcomes assessment plan that meets IACBE expectations for assessing student learning in your business programs and the operational effectiveness of your academic business unit. The workshop discusses the definition and purposes of outcomes assessment; describes the key points to keep in mind when preparing an assessment plan; identifies measurement instruments that can be used to assess both intended student learning outcomes and intended operational outcomes; and explains the use of outcomes assessment in measuring and advancing academic quality in your business programs. In addition, the IACBE’s new assessment plan template and a comprehensive example of a completed plan will be presented.
Preparing an Effective Self-Study
Attendance at a self-study workshop is a requirement prior to the preparation of a self-study for first-time accreditation. Each of the IACBE’s Accreditation Principles are introduced and the ways in which to document compliance with them in the self-study are explained. In addition, the key points in preparing a complete and accurate self-study document are identified, and common pitfalls to avoid are pointed out. The logistics involved with preparing for an efficient site visit are also covered.