Continuous Improvement Review Seminar (Americas)

Learn how to undergo a successful continuous improvement review visit through group interactions, breakout sessions, and targeted discussions.
August 18​ – 19​
Event Type
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Each day 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

Join a cohort of peers in virtual learning facilitated by globally recognized Continuous Improvement Review (CIR) experts. Build skills and network in an interactive event focused on understanding the CIR process, documentation, and application, including tables. Learn how to undergo a successful continuous improvement review visit through group interactions, breakout sessions, and targeted discussions.

Designed for accredited schools, the Continuous Improvement Review (CIR) Seminar will prepare your administrators for the CIR process from the first year of the cycle to the CIR visit. AACSB recommends that you attend this seminar two years before a scheduled visit.

Engage in interactive discussions on the foundation of accreditation and review the philosophy of the principles-based 2020 accreditation standards with your peers, giving particular focus to changes in the standards. Explore the CIR philosophy and each component of the CIR report from the lens of your school, and examine how your school’s strategies and outcomes relate to engagement, innovation, and impact.

Learn about the expectations of the key accreditation committees and the peer review team to better understand their purpose and how they fit into your CIR process.

Build your peer network while developing the best strategy for your school’s upcoming continuous improvement review.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the philosophy behind the CIR process
  • Learn to prepare a CIR application and CIR report, including tables
  • Explore the elements of a successful CIR process
  • Review the CIR timeline
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the applicant, team member, and committee
  • Learn possible recommendation outcomes, such as extension of accreditation and a CIR2


Deborah_CrownDeborah Crown, Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College

Deborah F. Crown is the Dean of the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, recognized nationally and internationally for its MBA programs and ranked #1 as a leadership development educator by Leadership Excellence magazine. For the 20th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rollins among the top two regional universities in the South and first in Florida in its annual rankings of Best Colleges. Formerly, she was the Dean of the College of Business at Hawai'i Pacific University, the largest private University in Hawai'i, where she led the development and implementation of the college's strategic plan; increased net revenue, scholarship funds, and retention and graduation rates; and spearheaded the transition to a comprehensive, student-centered facility. Her previous experience includes serving the Silicon Valley market as Assoc. Dean and Endowed Professor at SJSU, where she reorganized a portfolio of graduate programs that integrated business, engineering, and science. She also served as Director of Grad. Programs and Faculty Director of the Entrepreneurial Group in the College of Bus. & the School for Leadership & PA at OU. She also spent 13 years at the University of Alabama where she was the Miles-Rose Professor of Leadership and Ph.D. Coordinator for Management. Her work has been featured in national press publications such as the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC National News, New York Times, USA Weekend, and Entrepreneur, as well as academic journals and books. She is also the recipient of a number of national awards for her research, as well as university and college awards for her teaching, mentoring, and service. Her primary research interests include organizational issues that encompass ethics, sustained performance, high performance teams, and leadership. She received her Ph.D. from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, and a Master’s of Science from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Rachel Dixon-Zudar, AACSB International

Rachel Dixon-Zudar serves as manager, accreditation services at AACSB International, managing a portfolio of approximately 180 business schools throughout the United States. Rachel’s background includes positions in marketing as well as previously working in the conferences department of AACSB. She holds an MBA in Strategy from The University of Alabama.

Who Should Attend

Accredited members, newly accredited members, members whose CIR visit is coming up in the next two to three years, and CIR team members.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Pricing (USD)
Member Pricing 1st and 2nd
By August 11
On or after August 12
Member Pricing 3rd and subsequent
By August 11
On or after August 12
Non-Member Pricing
By August 11
On or after August 12