The seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m.
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. 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.
AACSB recommends that you attend this seminar two years before a scheduled visit.
- 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
Michael Bedell, Northeastern Illinois University
Dr. Michael Bedell is the Dean of the College of Business and Technology strategic business unit at Northeastern Illinois University. Dr. Bedell is also the owner of a small HR consulting firm. Dr. Bedell is an active advisory board member for several companies in the educational technology industry vertical. He also participates on several civic boards/non-profit boards including the Illinois CPA Society Diversity Council and the Petersen Pulaski Business and Industrial Council (Chicago LIRI). Prior to joining NEIU, Dr. Bedell was a Professor of Management and M.B.A. Program Director at California State University Bakersfield. Dr. Bedell’s research interests include teams, training, HR information systems, and entrepreneurial HR. Dr. Bedell also served for a decade as part of the board of directors for the Kern County Chapter of SHRM. Recent accomplishments include successful initial and subsequent maintenance of AACSB accreditation of the NEIU College of Business and Technology. Dr. Bedell’s newest challenges include ABET accreditation for the computer science programs in the College; and the post-pandemic relaunch of the CBT Business, Innovation, and Growth center – which expands the educational reach of the College to provide students, faculty, and community members with business incubation, acceleration, and commercial product development assistance within three of the most diverse Chicago neighborhoods (Albany Park, Bronzeville, and Avondale). Dr. Bedell’s Ph.D. from Indiana University provides foundation expertise in Human Resource Management, Operations Management, and Statistics. His M.B.A. and Baccalaureate degrees are from the University of Kansas. Dr. Bedell has also worked for a billion dollar retailer (Payless ShoeSource/Collective Brands) in their corporate organizational development group where he focused on strategic HR processes and HR Information Systems. He also worked for a mid-sized bank focused on improving processes and service quality.
Suzanne Mintz, AACSB International
Suzanne Mintz serves as Vice President, Accreditation at AACSB International. In her role she has responsibility for the performance of AACSB’s global accreditation team and leads the development and implementation of strategic and operational accreditation initiatives in support of the AACSB mission. She is responsible for overseeing strategic partnerships with other accreditation bodies, and oversees the management of AACSB’s volunteer network globally, including training, engagement and recognition strategies for AACSB’s volunteers. Prior to joining AACSB, Mintz worked in corporate training and development in the financial services industry, responsible for overseeing the implementation of sales and management development programs. She holds an MBA in finance and management from the University of South Florida in Tampa and is a certified Project Management Professional.
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.
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