By Lee Davidson, Senior Associate, Copywriter/Editor, AACSB International; and Ginger Ausloos, Senior Coordinator II, Accreditation Services, AACSB International
In October, we announced that the process for applying for accreditation and continuous review would soon be changing to a new and fully online accreditation management system, myAccreditation. Now, that change has come.
The new myAccreditation system went live in conjunction with last month’s Deans Conference. For those of you who attended, you had the opportunity to attend a bonus session in which AACSB accreditation staff provided an overview of how the new system works. If you missed out on the session at Deans, you will have another opportunity to explore myAccreditation during an ICAM bonus session on April 27, 7:30 a.m. EST.
Testing on myAccreditation concluded on January 30. For the two rounds of external stakeholder testing and two rounds of internal beta testing, we had close to 100 individuals test and provide feedback that we have used in the development of the system. The external volunteers represent a diverse subset of the membership in global distribution as well as in their place in the accreditation process. Schools in the testing phase ranged from those working on the development of their eligibility application all the way to those completing their appropriate Continuous Improvement Review materials within myAccreditation.
As a reminder, this new system includes the following exciting features:
In early March, accredited schools and schools in the initial accreditation process will be provided with a detailed notification of their accreditation standing as well as guidance on their next steps for using the myAccreditation system. This email will confirm information on what the school has due next, which set of standards they are working under, their accreditation staff liaison, and whether they have an option of submitting within myAccreditation. While some schools will be required to transition to myAccreditation, others will have an option but will be encouraged to do so. The largest group of schools affected by the transition is the group of schools that will be submitting their CIR Application on July 1, 2015. All of these schools, which represent one-fifth of AACSB’s accredited schools, will be required to submit their application within myAccreditation. More information on the transition is available on the myAccreditation webpage (see “When Do I Start Using myAccreditation?”).