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Good News from the 2011 Accreditation Review

October 31, 2011 4:00 PM

Congratulations to all involved with SSU's School of Business and Economics for what turned out to be a very successful visit with the accreditation review team. There is a lot of information to share, and more details keep coming in as the team finishes up their written report. Bottom line - they had a lot of positive feedback about the work that's been done, and had specific commendations for the wine business institute and EMBA program, as well as the School's strategic management processes, faculty research portfolio, advising and student support, and career center. 

The team was appreciative of the School's ability to enhance resources and expand support of students and faculty in light of continuing cuts in the state budget. The one area on which they repeatedly commented was the School's engagement with the business community.

In the section of their report titled: Commendations for Strengths, Innovations, and Unique Features, they stated the following, "The college fosters a highly collaborative relationship with businesses in the region and enjoys strong support from its local community. In general, SSU should be commended for being fully engaged with the business community. SSU's Wine Institute and its wine specialization in the MBA program offer opportunities for global differentiation that have been made possible by closely aligning the School with the regional business environment. The Institute's research informs decision making of the region's wine industry. The EMBA program has developed a unique positioning by linking the curriculum to the regional incubator, which also contributes to achieving the School's mission."

Here is a quick overview of what happens from here. The team will forward their report to the AACSB's Maintenance of Accreditation Committee (MAC) for its December 12th meeting. The School of Business and Economics will receive an official report and letter from the MAC after that meeting. The team's report will provide some suggestions for continuous improvement and give some food for thought in several areas. That is an important part of the process and an integral part of every peer review team report.

They will recommend that the School be given a sixth year review in order to advance Assurance of Learning (AoL) practices (the processes by which we ensure our students are actually learning what we expect them to learn). This means that the School will have to submit a progress update next fall with our AoL results and curriculum changes to receive final maintenance of accreditation. They feel that the School is on the right AoL path, but want to see movement farther down that path - in particular with course changes based upon AoL data in the undergraduate program, and the completion of the MBA redesign.

"My deepest appreciation and sincere thanks for all you do to help the School of Business and Economics. Your participation in Sunday's reception and the nice words you had to say about the School to the Accreditation Review Team made all the difference for us," said Dean Silver to the faculty, staff, community members, and friends of the School for all of their constant support.

Dean Silver will present further details of the accreditation review at the upcoming Executive Council meeting on Friday, November 4, 2011.

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