> Outcomes Assessment and Academic Quality
Quality Assurance and Outcomes Assessment
The IACBE exists to foster and advance academic quality in business and management education worldwide. For IACBE purposes, ‘academic quality’ is defined to be the overall level of performance of the academic business unit in the context of its mission as measured by the extent of accomplishment of the unit’s intended student learning outcomes, intended operational outcomes, and its mission and broad-based goals. In other words, rather than prescribing standards for academic resources and other inputs, the IACBE takes an outcomes-based approach to quality assurance, i.e., for the IACBE, the measurement and advancement of academic quality focuses on the ‘outputs’ of the educational process instead of the ‘inputs’ into the process. Consequently, the determination of the degree to which desired results and outcomes are being achieved and the demonstration of academic quality are accomplished through a comprehensive program of outcomes assessment.
In order for its business programs to be accredited by the IACBE, the academic business unit must provide evidence of mission accomplishment, student learning, operational effectiveness, and continuous improvement. Therefore, the academic business unit must develop and implement a process of outcomes assessment for evaluating its effectiveness and the extent to which it is achieving its mission, goals, and intended outcomes.This requires the development of a comprehensive outcomes assessment plan for measuring the extent of the academic business unit’s overall performance and the quality of its business programs.
Learn more about the outcomes assessment process, outcomes assessment plans, and measuring and improving academic quality in business and management education:
- What is Outcomes Assessment?
Outcomes assessment is a systematic process for measuring the overall effectiveness of an institution and its academic business unit. More
- The Outcomes Assessment Plan
An outcomes assessment plan establishes the framework for an academic business unit’s quality management system. More
- Goals, Outcomes, and Objectives
For the purposes of assessment and planning, the differences between goals, outcomes, and objectives need to be clarified. More
- Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives
Bloom’s Taxonomy provides a classification of educational objectives that are helpful in writing intended student learning outcomes for business programs. More
- Writing Intended Student Learning Outcomes Statements
Learn how to write clear and effective statements of intended student learning outcomes for business programs. More
- Key Content Areas of an Outcomes Assessment Plan
The academic business unit’s outcomes assessment plan must be comprehensive and encompass five key areas. More
- Student Learning Assessment Measures
Student learning assessment should be multi-dimensional and must encompass both direct and indirect measurement tools and their associated evaluation rubrics. More
- Outcomes Assessment and Continuous Improvement
The outcomes assessment process must be cyclical and ongoing for the purpose of continuous improvement. More
- Outcomes Assessment Resources
A repository of resources relating to the development and implementation of an outcomes assessment plan. More