Assurance of Learning
Seminar I

17-18 March 2019 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Rihab_KhalifaRihab Khalifa, United Arab Emirates University, College of Business and Economics

Rihab Khalifa is the Vice Dean for the College of Business and Economics, the founding Director of the Emirates Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (EILOA), and a Professor of Accounting at United Arab Emirates University’s (UAEU). Previously she held positions at Manchester Business School, the London School of Economics, and Warwick Business School, UK. She holds a Master of Accounting and Management Science degree from the University of Southampton, a PhD in Accounting from the University of Manchester, and obtained subsequently an MA in Academic and Professional Practice in Education from the University of Warwick. She is also the Chair of the Assurance of Learning and Assessment for the College of Business and Economics (the first to be accredited in the region). In the latter role she is coordinating the assessment of student learning outcomes across four departments (Accounting, Business Administration, Economics and Finance, and Statistics) and nine programs at the bachelor, master, and doctorate levels. These programs have been accredited by multiple bodies, namely, AACSB (separately for Business and Accounting), WASC, and under the UAE’s National Qualifications Framework. Additionally, Rihab holds membership of the University Outcome Assessment Committee, which overseas assessment activities for more than 130 university programs, the accreditation committee at her College, and was part of the University committee for WASC accreditation. At the College of Business and Economics, Rihab has led a team to review and rebuild the outcome assessment infrastructure and establish solid institutional processes for student learning in all the College programs. Her collective efforts with the Accounting Department’s accreditation team resulted in her Department obtaining the AACSB accounting accreditation for the first time in 2013. Regionally, she has given multiple presentations on assurance of learning and assessment-related topics and has helped some business schools build to refine their assessment systems. Her primary areas of research interests include assessment of student learning, institutional processes of accreditation, doctoral education, professional service firms, auditing, corporate governance, gender, and women studies. She is a member of the editorial boards of Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies and The Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies (both Emerald). She has published in leading accounting journals, including Accounting Organizations and Society, Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, the European Accounting Review, and Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management.

Salpie_DjoundourianSalpie S Djoundourian, Lebanese American University, Adnan Kassar School of Business

Salpie Djoundourian, an associate professor of Economics, is the associate dean (currently on sabbatical leave) and the chair of the AACSB initial accreditation committee of the Adnan Kassar School of Business (AKSoB) at the Lebanese American University, Byblos Campus.  Previously, she served as the chair of the Departments of Economics and Management in 2005-2008 and as the assistant dean of the School of Business 2008-2011. Dr. Djoundourian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Trade and Finance (1985); a Masters of Science degree in Economics (1987); and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics (1993), from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her primary area of expertise is Applied Microeconomics with emphasis in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Public Finance and secondary area of expertise is Environmental Planning and Management.  She is actively involved in academic research and scholarly work as well as consultancy work for reputable organizations in both private and public sector. Her research appeared in Public Choice, Family Business Review, Environment, Development and Sustainability, and Transportation Research D, among others. Her latest publication entitled “Assessment of Learning in Business Education: Standardized or Home Grown?” in the Journal of Education for Business was inspired by the professional experience she acquired as the chair of the Assessment Council. Dr. Djoundourian helped design the Assessment of Learning process in place and AKSoB was accredited by AACSB International in May 2016. She has attended and facilitated several workshops on assessment of learning sponsored by the Lebanese American University and AACSB International.