AACSB accreditation mentors assist schools that are pursuing accreditation by serving as a key resource in advising the school on the self-assessment process. Mentors provide clarification of the philosophy and intent of the standards and their interpretations, to guide schools in the development of the initial self-evaluation report (iSER).
A mentor will typically assist a school for two years with the development of the iSER. Once the iSER is accepted by the Initial Accreditation Committee (IAC) or Accounting Accreditation Committee (AAC), the mentor continues working with the school for up to three years to assist the school with the implementation of the actions needed to align with the standards.
Deans and associate deans (or academics with a terminal degree) or equivalent positions from AACSB accredited schools are eligible to be mentors. If a school is seeking AACSB accounting accreditation, an accounting chair/head from an AACSB accounting-accredited school may serve as a mentor. First-time mentors must complete training prior to their first assignment. Associate deans must also submit a letter of endorsement from their dean to qualify.
AACSB volunteer eligibility is limited to individuals from schools that currently hold AACSB accreditation. Volunteers are asked to let their AACSB staff liaison know as soon as possible should they accept an appointment at a non-AACSB accredited school so that an alternate for their role(s) may be found in a timely manner.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are resources, documents, and templates mentors will need to assist schools in navigating the AACSB accreditation journey and to provide feedback to the accreditation committees.
Documents should be completed, saved and submitted via myAccreditation by the predetermined due dates. If you have any questions, contact your AACSB accreditation staff liaison. Exception at this time: Final SER and Initial Peer Review Team Report should continue to be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mentor Roles and Responsibilities
Mentor Introduction Letter (Business)
Mentor Introduction Letter (Accounting)
Mentor Mentee Mutual Expectations
Mentor Contextual Fact Sheet
Policies and Procedures
Accreditation Volunteer Training
AACSB Exchange Accreditation Volunteer Community
AACSB Exchange Volunteer Portal
GDPR and AACSB Accreditation
Sample Mentor Virtual Visit Schedule (Business and Accounting)
Mentor Visit Documentation
Sample Mentor Visit Schedule
Virtual Sample Mentor Visit Schedule
Mentor Visit Report (2013 Standards)
Mentor Visit Report (2020 Standards)
Sample Mentor Visit Schedule
Mentor Visit Report (2018 Standards)
Mentor iSER Review Documentation
2013 Standards Worksheet
2013 Standards iSER Review Template
2013 Standards Gap Analysis
2020 Standards Worksheet
2020 Standards iSER Review Template
2020 Standards Gap Analysis
2018 Standards Worksheet
2018 iSER Review Template
2018 Gap Analysis
Mentor Progress Report
(iSER Update Review Documentation)
Progress Report Review Template (2013 or 2020)
Progress Report Review Template (2018)