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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 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 and Awards Banquet during which we recognize and celebrate the recipients of our annual awards of excellence and 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 Summer Institute –  
Each year in July, the IACBE sponsors and hosts the annual IACBE Summer Institute. The three-day-long institute offers 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, the IACBE Summer Institute, and at our world headquarters offices. Among the workshops and seminars offered include:

Preparing an Effective Self-Study and Site Visit Preparation –  
Attendance at a self-study workshop is now a requirement prior to the preparation of a self-study for first-time accreditation or reaffirmation of 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 now a requirement prior to the submission of an application for candidacy status. 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.
Site-Visit Peer Reviewer Training –  
An effective 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 site-visit evaluators becomes increasingly essential. Workshop participants undertake simulated site-visit reviews, beginning with training on how to evaluate self-studies. 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 –  
This workshop focuses 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.
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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