Accreditation of the School of Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics targets to achieve an accreditation according to AACSB (Association of advanced Collegiate Schools of Business). The initial Self Evaluation Report (iSER) was accepted with revisions in 2018. The accreditation process is divided into three steps as described below.

Step 1. Eligibility Application

The first step in the process is to conduct and submit an Eligibility application to AACSB. In this application, the applicant unit must show commitment and willingness to fulfil the core values set by AACSB. During the spring of 2016, a project group compiled such an application and it was submitted and approved by AACSB in August 2016. At the approval of the Eligibility application, a mentor was assigned to work with the School of Business and Economics and the process further.

Step 2a. initial Self Evaluation Report, iSER

The second step in the process is to compile an iSER (initial Self Evaluation Report) in which a status description of the unit’s operations in relation to each standard (15 standards) is done. The iSER also contains an action plan for how the school of Business and Economics should reach an approved level of each standard for accreditation.

The iSER was submitted and approved in spring of 2018 with the following comments:

  1. Intellectual Contributions, Impact, and Alignment with Mission
  2. Curricula Management and Assurance of Learning
  3. Mission, Impact, Innovation & Curriculum Content
  4. Intellectual Contributions, Impact, and Alignment with Mission & Faculty Qualifications and Engagement.

These comments need to be addressed further in our annual improvement report.

Step 2b. iSER updates

A maximum of 3 updates can be made to iSER, so-called iSER updates. Our iSER update no 1 was accepted by the IAC (Initial Accreditation Committee) on May 27, 2019, with the following comments:

  1. Curricula Management and Assurance of Learning
  2. Faculty Qualifications and Engagement.

Each update requires a description and documentation of how improvements are made according to the action plan.

These comments were addressed in iSER update 2 and submitted on February 14, 2020. A decision will be made at the annual meeting in April by the IAC.

Step 3 final Self Evaluation Report, SER

The final step is to compile the final Self Evaluation Report (SER), showing continuous improvements before the School of Business and Economics can be granted Initial Accreditation. The schedule for granting accreditation is planned to be completed by February 2021.

In order to maintain AACSBs accreditation, a five-year Continuous Improvement Review Cycle will be started.


The accreditation process is coordinated by a deputy vice dean responsible for the field of accreditation and quality assurance and supported by two accreditation officers.

  • Åsa Gustavsson, deputy vice dean
  • Diana Axelsson Olsson, accreditation officers
  • Eva H Eriksson, accreditation officers



  • Michaela Sandell
  • Setayesh Sattari
  • Carina Lejonkamp
  • Helene Erlandsson


For information on implementation, timetable and other organization, see Dean's Decision 30/2016.

Strategic standards


Standard 8 Curricula Management and Assurance of Learning

The school uses well-documented, systematic processes for determining and revising degree program learning goals; designing, delivering, and improving degree program curricula to achieve learning goals; and demonstrating that degree program learning goals have been met.

The Quality assurance process for education, at SBE was ratified by the faculty board in april 2020: FS2_2020_No 10_Appendices 2-3_Process description AoL QuAPE.pdf

Standard 15 Faculty Qualifications and Engagement


The school maintains and strategically deploys participating and supporting faculty who collectively and individually demonstrate significant academic and professional engagement that sustains the intellectual capital necessary to support high-quality outcomes consistent with the school’s mission and strategies.

More in the draft version of the Faculty Handbook