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News & Press: ACBSP News Guest Post: Assuring Quality Business Education in India

Tuesday, October 23, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Giles Rafol

Douglas ViehlandDouglas Viehland is the executive director of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,134 member campuses, 167 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 572 have achieved accreditation and more than 485 are in candidacy for accreditation.

Viehland presented at the inaugural International Accreditation Congress about the growing need for accreditation in education in India. He shares his research on the topic.

"The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs recently emerged as the number one international accreditation body in India with the largest number of accreditations so far in a market which is intensifying for international accreditation. Between the top five accredited bodies, 20 accreditations have been completed. The tally for ACBSP is seven, an impressive figure by any measure considering the short period of time involved in propagating international accreditation initiatives in India. ACBSP is the second largest accreditor of business schools and programs in the world.

The outreach to India by ACBSP began in November 2008 when no schools in India had an affiliation with ACBSP. That number is now 17 with seven accredited, four underway with the accreditation process, and six as members but not in the process of seeking accreditation. ACBSP obtained this position by our outreach to schools in India and throughout the globe, by having an accreditation model that focuses on teaching excellence and by offering other benefits in addition to accreditation. We also aided by having available to our members in India a regional council comprised of members in South Asia. The South Asia Council of Business Schools and Programs is the representative voice of this part of the world to our organization with officers, organized meetings, and representatives on our committees. A representative of the South Asia Council serves on the ACBSP Board of Commissioners, the governing board responsible for all accreditation decisions.

For ACBSP, it is important that business schools have an outcomes assessment approach for assurance of learning. ACBSP is creating a partnership with the SEAA Trust and Peregrine Academic Services to launch an new assessment product that focuses on business schools in India. Having this assessment in place is also a focus of accreditation by other accrediting bodies, all of which will have access to this service.

ACBSP plans to continue our outreach to India by working with the organizations in India that have a focus on business schools and business school accreditation. This includes the Association of Indian Management Schools and the SEAA Trust. A big emphasis during the next year will be to assist Peregrine Academic Services to launch their new service for assessment of student learning. With an increased number of schools having completed the accreditation process, we now have persons experienced in preparing a self-study and hosting a site visit. We will be growing the number of persons in India who can serve as site team evaluators and mentors and this will be of value for both the school pursuing accreditation and for the school assisting in the process.”