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Conferences and Workshops

Conferences and Workshops

The IACBE provides significant opportunities for professional development through a variety of conferences and workshops held around the world.

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The IACBE conducts a variety of conferences, workshops, and seminars throughout the year that provide significant opportunities for professional development, networking, and the sharing of best practices in business education.

IACBE Conferences

The IACBE organizes and hosts the following conferences and events each year:

Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting –  
Each year in the spring, the IACBE community gathers for the Assembly’s main event each year – our Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting. The IACBE’s ACAM offers a variety of concurrent sessions and other events and activities that provide wonderful opportunities for thought leadership, professional development, and networking with colleagues. The IACBE’s annual student case-study competition is also held in conjunction with the annual conference. In addition, the highlight of each conference is our Accreditation Banquet during which we recognize and celebrate those academic business units that have recently earned first-time accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation.
Regional Assembly Conferences –  
The IACBE is organized into 11 Regional Assemblies that are regional associations of the IACBE’s membership. Members of these Regional Assemblies meet each year in the fall for regional conferences for professional development and to share best practices in business education.
IACBE Winter and Summer Accreditation Institutes –  
Each year in February and July, the IACBE sponsors and hosts the annual IACBE Winter and Summer Accreditation Institutes. The three-day-long institutes offer workshop sessions in various aspects of the IACBE’s accreditation process, best practices in business education, and advancing academic quality in business units and programs.

Workshops and Seminars

The IACBE conducts a variety of workshops and seminars throughout the year. These are held in conjuction with our Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting, Regional Assembly Conferences, and the IACBE Winter and Summer Accreditation Institutes. Among the workshops and seminars offered include:

Preparing an Effective Self-Study and Site Visit Preparation –  
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.
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 are presented.
Writing Effective Intended Student Learning Outcomes and Designing Evaluation Rubrics for Program-Level
Assessment –  
Intended student learning outcomes at the program level are statements that describe the desired learning that students should have acquired and should be able to demonstrate at the end of a program of study. This workshop will identify the characteristics of good intended student learning outcomes and will provide guidelines for writing clear and effective statements of those outcomes. The workshop will then turn to the development of evaluation rubrics for assessing student work and performance in a variety of assignments and tasks. The focus of the workshop will be on designing rubrics that can not only be used for assigning a grade or mark to an individual assignment or task, but can also be employed for the purpose of program-level assessment, i.e., for assessing the program-level intended student learning outcomes in a business program.
Integrating Employability Skills into Business Programs  –  
In this workshop, we 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 focuses 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.
Site-Visit Peer Reviewer Training –  
A successful accreditation review process depends on a careful, thorough, and objective site visit conducted by a team of well-trained peer reviewers. As the IACBE grows both domestically and worldwide, a corps of competent, knowledgeable site-visit evaluators becomes increasingly essential. Workshop participants will learn how to evaluate self-studies effectively and how to conduct productive and efficient site visits. At the end of the day, you will have completed the requirements necessary to be assigned to a site-visit team.
Site-Visit Team Chair Training –  
An effective site-visit team requires a skilled and capable chair who can successfully coordinate the activities of the team. This workshop will focus on the responsibilities associated with chairing an accreditation site-visit team. The workshop is intended only for those who have completed a site-visit peer reviewer training session and have been a member of a site-visit team. Participation in this workshop is by invitation only.
Integrating Outcomes Assessment and Strategic Planning for Continuous Improvement –  
The IACBE requires academic business units to provide for the linkage of their outcomes assessment and strategic planning processes. This workshop introduces a method for developing a fully-integrated assessment-strategic planning process that provides a powerful tool for measuring and enhancing the overall effectiveness of an academic business unit. The workshop presents an overview of both the outcomes assessment and strategic planning processes, and then describes a method for integrating assessment, strategic planning, and budgeting into a single, coherent process for continuous improvement. The result is an integrated system for strategic quality management – an Integrated Strategic Continuous Improvement System (ISCIS).
Socially-Responsible Business Education –  
This workshop describes and explores the causes of the rise in corporate social responsibility on the part of business over the past two decades. A case is made that academic business units all over the world need to transform their curricula, research, and other activities in order to ensure that "tomorrow’s business leaders understand what responsible business means and how it can have positive effects for both the company’s bottom line and the society in which it operates." The workshop also introduces the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) – a United Nations-supported initiative to promote and inspire responsible management education and research in academic institutions around the globe.
The IACBE and its Accreditation Process –  
This workshop presents an overview of the IACBE and its mission, accreditation philosophy, and scope of accreditation. The workshop also explains the IACBE’s outcomes-based approach to quality assurance, identifies the IACBE’s criteria for accreditation, and describes the steps in the IACBE’s accreditation process. In addition, the workshop showcases the IACBE’s distinctive value proposition for the accreditation of business and management programs in colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions worldwide that focus on student learning and success.

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