In-Person Training & Development

The IACBE 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 Accreditation Institutes. The workshops are also available to be offered at an insittution's campus - contact the IACBE office for additional details.

 

IACBE Accreditation Institute

The Accreditation Institute is an integrated experience designed to familiarize those who will work in the areas of outcomes assessment, the self-study principles, and compliance. The Institute is required for Candidacy, First-Time Accreditation and Reaffirmation of Accreditation and is highly recommended for all new academic business unit leaders and primary representatives to the IACBE. The topics include outcomes assessment, the self-study, the site visit, and compliance with IACBE reporting requirements.  The Institute is offered in two formats:

  • a two-day format where you will spend two full days, and
  • a three-day format where you will attend in the afternoon on the first day, all-day the second day, and in the morning on the third day.

The Accreditation Institute utilizes the revised self-study principles approved in 2017 and the current Outcomes Assessment Requirements and Self-Study Manual.


Preparing an Effective Self-Study and Site Visit Preparation

This workshop focuses on the IACBE’s Accreditation Principles and the ways in which to document compliance with them in the self-study. 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.

  • a two-day format where you will spend two full days, and
  • a three-day format where you will attend in the afternoon on the first day, all-day the second day, and in the morning on the third day.

The Accreditation Institute utilizes the revised self-study principles approved in 2017 and the current Outcomes Assessment Reqirements and Self-Study Manual.


Developing a Comprehensive Outcomes Assessment Plan

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 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.

  • a two-day format where you will spend two full days, and
  • a three-day format where you will attend in the afternoon on the first day, all-day the second day, and in the morning on the third day.

The Accreditation Institute utilizes the revised self-study principles approved in 2017 and the current Outcomes Assessment Reqirements and Self-Study Manual.



Writing Effective Intended Student Learning Outcomes and Designing Evaluation Rubrics for Program Level Assessment

This workshop focuses on the characteristics of well-written 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 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.

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.