For schools with 2022–23 visits, there are three prominent areas of focus that schools should be mindful of:
The Continuing COVID-19 Pandemic and Visit Modality
Plan for a face-to-face visit; keep hybrid and virtual options open if needed. Be agile.
While the pandemic appears to be abating, COVID-19 has not disappeared. Further the recovery is uneven geographically, with a striking gap between countries in low and high levels of development.
The pandemic will be a multiyear recovery.
Multiple sources estimate that almost one-third of the world has not yet received access to vaccines. And, new strains of COVID continue to hinder efforts toward a full return to normal operations for universities and business schools.
The pandemic thus continues to impact how accreditation visits are conducted. As we now enter our third academic year of dealing with the pandemic, we are seeing a movement toward more face-to-face visits. Because none of us has a crystal ball, our overarching goal is to plan, but remain agile.
With this goal in mind, schools should plan for a face-to-face visit. If doing so becomes unfeasible either due to conditions at the host school or on the volunteer side, consult with AACSB for options related to a hybrid or a virtual visit.
Delivery of Instruction: The Criticality of Engagement
No matter what the modality, or what the size of class, the primary instructor should have regular, meaningful contact with learners, and the degree should involve adequate learner-to-learner engagement in activities.
AACSB accreditation standards have long held engagement, impact, and innovation as critical components of a quality education. Nowhere is this triad more important than in the delivery of our educational programs. Innovative technology and pedagogy is encouraged and welcomed.