AACSB Accreditation Volunteers play an essential role in the accreditation process. These dedicated volunteers, from the global community of AACSB-accredited schools, significantly experienced in business education, provide individualized mentoring, quality reviews, as well as make decisions concerning schools that are seeking AACSB Accreditation. They directly contribute to the advancement of business education. Volunteers share their expertise by mentoring individual institutions, visiting campuses for real-time reviews, and working with teams of other volunteers during the review process. Volunteers also serve on committees to ensure that AACSB Accreditation processes are fair and consistent.
For business schools and students, the volunteer review and mentoring aspect of AACSB Accreditation is significant. It provides expert consultative advice, as well as recognition and confirmation of high-quality by the business education community.
Accreditation Volunteer Requirements
All accreditation volunteers must be at an AACSB-accredited institution and complete either the online or on-site volunteer/mentor training.
Deans, heads of business units, and chairs of accounting departments are eligible to serve during all phases of the accreditation process.
Associate/assistant deans, or the like, are eligible to serve as mentors to applicant schools through the accreditation process. Must have knowledge of AACSB Accreditation standards and processes, experience with accreditation in business schools, experience managing the operations of a business school, as well as a letter of endorsement from the dean or head of the business unit.
Accreditation Volunteer Positions
Committees—Business and Accounting Accreditation
AACSB Accreditation Committees are volunteer and election based. The committees have been established to ensure that the AACSB Accreditation standards are applied consistently, and that recommendations are equitable across volunteer review teams and the programs being reviewed.
Mentors assist schools that are pursuing AACSB Accreditation by serving as a key resource in advising the school on the process of self-assessment and development of the initial self evaluation report (iSER).
Peer Review Team Members
Peer review teams conduct review visits and communicate with committees regarding the status of an institution in the process of accreditation.
To find out more about becoming a volunteer, contact: Erika Washburn, senior associate, volunteer services (email@example.com).