Is there an unwritten expectation that all faculty members should produce no less than two or three peer-reviewed journal articles every five years to be academically qualified (AQ) and/or meet Standard 2 expectations?
There is no such unwritten fact or expectation. Peer Review Team members should avoid stating or demanding such a benchmark. Schools should have criteria that guide faculty in terms of quality and quantity, but the interaction of these two dimensions does not lead to some absolute number. In some cases, one intellectual contribution in a five-year period may be an outstanding outcome, and alternatively, multiple publications over the same period may not be acceptable if the quality is not present. AACSB Accreditation Standards cannot substitute for the appropriate due diligence of each school to carefully articulate its research mission and focus which should be supported by clear criteria that guides faculty toward these types of outcomes. The objective is that expectations call for substantive, sustained expectations.
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