The IABC conducts a variety of workshops and seminars throughout the year, held in conjunction with our Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting, Regional Assembly Conferences, and the IACBE Winter and Summer Accreditation Institutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 evaporators 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.
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.