Virtual Continuous Improvement Review Visit Protocols
To ensure a productive peer review team visit that fosters a high level of engagement among participants, this document includes the protocols that must be followed, as well as best practices that AACSB has observed over time that can enhance the virtual visit experience.
Appeals Procedure (refer to pages 15-17)
The only bases for an appeal are violations of written AACSB procedures or that the decision appealed is arbitrary and capricious and in substantial disregard of material facts.
Conflicts of Interest Policy (refer to pages 10-13)
This policy addresses actual, potential, and perceived conflicts of interest relative to the responsibilities of all persons acting on behalf of AACSB, including, but not limited to, members of the AACSB Board of Directors, accreditation policy or operating committees (Committee on Accreditation Policy, Accounting Accreditation Committee, Continuous Improvement Review Committee and Initial Accreditation Committee), Peer Review Team Members, Accreditation Appeal Panelists, AACSB staff members and independent contractors engaged by AACSB.
Whistleblower Policy (refer to page 14)
AACSB is committed to maintaining an association that incorporates sound values and a high standard of ethics throughout its business practices. AACSB encourages employees, volunteers and other parties to report good faith concerns regarding suspected violations of the law or improper conduct on the part of the organization, its staff or volunteers. Appropriate subjects to raise under this policy would include financial improprieties, ethical violations, or operating practices contrary to AACSB policy.
Accreditation Institution’s Responsibilities
Details the expectations of institutions after achieving AACSB Accreditation.
Accreditation Processes, Actions, and Time Frames Procedure
Accreditation processes, actions and time frames for applicant and accredited schools describes the various phases of both the initial and continuous improvement review processes and the possible outcomes of each phase.
AACSB is committed to sustaining quality and continuous improvement of collegiate education for business administration and accounting. AACSB will receive and review complaints filed by third parties (e.g., students, faculty members) who claim conduct by the member school contrary to AACSB accreditation standards, policies or procedures.
AACSB volunteers, including peer review team members, mentors, and committee members are provided with access to accreditation reports for the schools they work with. The following policy serves to address the ownership of such reports and documents filed with AACSB by schools seeking initial or maintenance of accreditation. Additionally, this policy addresses the status of official correspondence from AACSB relative to accreditation matters.
Substantive Change Policy
Substantive changes that affect mission and supporting strategic directions along with subsequent effects on programs, participants, and/or resources are of vital interest to AACSB, given the potential to impact quality and alignment with AACSB standards.
Travel and Reimbursable Expenses Policy
This policy outlines acceptable practices for travel expenses of accreditation volunteers.
Volunteer Deployment and Selection Policy
AACSB attempts to achieve a range of outcomes in deploying volunteers, including enhancement of the volunteer base to expand overall numbers, development of strong regional pools of volunteers, development of a volunteer base that provides mission fit with multiple types of schools, enhancement of the international composition of teams and assurance of quality consistency.
Volunteer Eligibility Policy
Defines individuals that are eligible to volunteer as a mentor, peer review team member, and committee member.
Withdrawal and Re-entry into the Accreditation Process
This document outlines the withdrawal and re-entry processes for both business and accounting accreditation.