The goal of our accreditation work is to establish a quality assurance system that will increase our quality of education even further, advance our co-workers' competence and expand our collaboration with other accredited universities.
With focus on excellency
An AACSB-accreditation is only obtained by the schools of economics that have clear focus on excellency within research, education, and collaboration with society, which means that only about 5% of all business schools have one today. For a higher education institution to be accredited by AACSB, a systematic and continuous development work that leads to high quality in the whole business, is required.
The School of Business and Economics applied for accreditation in 2016 and since then there has been an increasingly intense work to fulfill AACBS's established basis for assessment (15 various standards). For instance, a self-evaluation (Self Evaluation Report) has been completed and next in line is AACSB's visit for review on-site during the fall of 2022.
For more information about AACSB and the various assessment requirements see AACSBs website: www.aacsb.edu/
Where in the process are we now?
Part of the work includes measuring the students' results in the programs to find deficits. Measures, together with the students' views then lead to actions to improve our education.
It has been a long process to reach to the point where we are today and it has been hard work, but now we definitely feel close to the goal. Without doubt, we have become much stronger during the process compared to before, which is a good sign for the future! For instance, all of our 19 degree programs are today quality assured!
Increasing skills development for the teachers
The teachers' competence is important in order to ensure an education of high quality. Today, 78% of the teachers at the School of Business and Economics hold a doctorate, in other words they have gone through research education. The annual individual skills development is also significantly larger than before: in 2021, 95% of our teachers completed some form of skill development*, which means a large increase since 2017 when the number was 70 percent.
* Skills development can mean different things, for example education to provide even more up-to-date knowledge to the students, but also, for instance, own skills development in research or pedagogical methods. A special focus in recent years has been digital skills development.
Better employability for our students
Another thing we are very proud of at The School of Business and Economics is that our students enter the labor market so quickly: alumni barometers are performed continuously, and it has showed that in 2021 almost 40 percent of our students had an employment even before they had finished their studies, and six months later, counted from the graduation day, additional 40 percent had gotten their first employments!
2022: Harvest for everybody!
In other words, the ongoing quality work has already given a lot of improvements for our students, which we obviously will continue to work on! But it also means that after the accreditation, they will get even more (and better) possibilities to exchange as well as contacts over the whole world.
For us at the School of Business and Economics, an AACSB-accreditation means – with requirement on continuous constant development and increased quality- that our future students will be even more attractive on the worlds labor market after their education.
If that is the case, we are very pleased, and as we see it, 2022 will be the harvest for everybody as we have hoped for.
And, of course, you are also welcome to contact our accreditation coordinator Diana Axelsson Olsson.