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A AC S B ACCR ED ITATION

SPRING 2010

SUMMER 2 011

FALL 2011

FALL 2012

FALL 2012

WINTER 2012

SPRING 2013

FALL 2013

Full member of AACSB

Eligibility

Mentor appointed

SAP (Standards Alignment Plan) submitted

SAP accepted

PRT Chair appointed

SER (Self Evaluation Report) submitted

PRT (Peer Review Team) visit

BACK TO THE FUTURE OUTLOOK – TOWARDS NEW FRONTIERS WITH AACSB ACCREDITATION

2014 started with happy vibes for OBS, anticipating the upcoming official recognition of OBS gaining AACSB International Accreditation. So, off we went to receive the recognition at the ICAM (International Conference and Annual Meeting) in Singapore. You may notice how proud some members of our team look in the official photo that was taken at the event. Meanwhile, the everyday work continued. With the AACSB representatives, we had discussed and agreed on specific continuous improvement objectives on which to focus our efforts during the upcoming years. So throughout the year we further developed our Assurance of Learning practices, and transformed our Faculty Qualifications framework, to match the recently updated AACSB standards. The internationalisation efforts actually got easier than before, and we received fast-growing interest from amongst other accredited schools, to build relationships with our own school. You could say that now we really got to enjoy the benefits of being AACSB-accredited. When it comes to the assurance of learning, our team of dedicated university pedagogy professionals really did

a great job in getting everybody well seated in the same boat, and pulling in the same direction – forward. It is actually one of the strengths of the initial accreditation process, in that it changes the perspective of the faculty from “I” to “we”, especially in terms of teaching and learning. It strengthens the important idea, that it is ultimately the faculty and staff together with students who produce a high-quality Business School Degree Programme – with a little help from the stakeholders too. As the new standards for AACSB accreditation were recently introduced, it was timely to enhance our Faculty Qualification framework as well. Now, this is a multifaceted issue! One must exercise great care and dedication, to align the business school mission and programme portfolio with faculty composition, as well as design a good balance between faculty incentives and individual faculty members’ roles and responsibilities. Furthermore, the FQ framework surely cannot be completely changed every year, otherwise it would jeopardise consistency in the management of the faculty and the school as a whole. So, you had better get it pretty much right the first time, and then adjust as needed.

Annual Report 2014  
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