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1 A “How–To Guide” for Higher Education Institutions that are Balancing Requirements From Multiple Accreditation Agencies: Where the Rubber Hits the Road American University of Sharjah 2009 INQAAHE Conference- Abu Dhabi March 30 -April 2, 2009

2  Founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE and Ruler of Sharjah  Independent and private university  Over 5200 students (4900 undergraduates)  Students are from 78 different countries  351 Full-time faculty from over 45 different countries  Student-faculty ratio 15:1  4 colleges/schools  College of Arts and Sciences  College of Engineering  School of Business and Management  School of Architecture and Design  21undergraduate and 13 masters programs

3  Licensed by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education Commission on Academic Accreditation (CAA)  All degree programs initially accredited or fully accredited by UAE Ministry of Higher Education CAA  Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (Middle States)  All Engineering degree programs Accredited by ABET, Inc.

4  School of Business and Management is in the process of seeking accreditation with Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International  School of Architecture and Design has been admitted as an accreditation candidate with National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) for its architecture program.

5 1. Mission and Institutional Effectiveness 2. Organization, Governance, and Leadership 3. The Academic Program 4.Faculty and Professional Staff 5.Students 6.Library and Other Information Resources 7.Physical and Technology Resources 8.Fiscal Resources 9.Public Disclosure and Integrity 10.Research

6  Private institutions, both non-profit and for profit, are licensed to operate and grant degrees by MOHESR  Institution is reviewed as a whole for licensure  Licensure site visit team made up of only CAA commissioners  Each degree program the institution offers is reviewed individually for accreditation  Not voluntary  Programs must receive initial accreditation by CAA before offering or advertising degree program  Institution must apply for full accreditation within two years of graduating the first group of students from the program  Site visit team for program accreditation is made up of one commissioner and at least two subject matter experts  No liaison assigned  Site visit is 3 days

7 Institutional ContextEducational Effectiveness Standard 1: Mission and GoalsStandard 8: Student Admissions and Retention Standard 2: Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal Standard 9: Student Support Services Standard 3: Institutional ResourcesStandard 10: Faculty Standard 4: Leadership and GovernanceStandard 11: Educational Offerings Standard 5: AdministrationStandard 12: General Education Standard 6: IntegrityStandard 13: Related Educational Activities: (Basic Skills; Certificate Programs; Experiential Learning; Non-Credit Offerings; Branch Campuses, Additional Locations, and Other Instructional Sites; Distance or Distributed Learning; Contractual Relationships and Affiliated Providers) Standard 7: Institutional AssessmentStandard 14: Assessment of Student Learning

8  One of six regional US accreditation agencies  Considered voluntary  Accreditation process for MSCHE requires an institutional self-study to demonstrate quality of education  University is assigned a liaison from MSCHE  For initial accreditation – institution must use a comprehensive model after a candidate institution acquires initial  MSCHE requires a second Comprehensive Model self-study after a five year period.  After this second review, institution’s accreditation is subject to validation through the decennial process using any one of the four models for its report  All models require that a steering committee be appointed  Site visit team made up from individuals from other MSCHE accredited institutions  4 day site visit

9 Strategic Management Standards Participants Standards Assurance of Learning Standards Standard 1: Mission Statement Standard 2: Mission Appropriateness Standard 3: Student Mission Standard 4: Continuous Improvement Objectives Standard 5: Financial Strategies Standard 6: Student Admission Standard 7: Student Retention Standard 8: Staff Sufficiency Student Support Standard 9: Faculty Sufficiency Standard 10: Faculty Qualifications Standard 11: Faculty Management and Support Standard 12: Aggregate Faculty and Staff Educational Responsibility Standard 13: Individual Faculty Educational Responsibility Standard 14: Student Educational Responsibility Standard 15: Management of Curricula Standard 16: Undergraduate Learning Goals Standard 17: Undergraduate Educational Level Standard 18: Master’s Level General Management Learning Goals Standard 19: Specialized Master’s Degree Learning Goals Standard 20. Master’s Educational Level Standard 21: Doctoral Learning Goals

10  AACSB is a non-governmental organization and member of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation  Awards accreditation to an academic institution collectively for its programs in business-related disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, etc. Usually “school” based  Voluntary  It requires clear delineation of a school mission statement that is contributory to the mission of the institution  Pre Accreditation Committee  Mentor assigned by AACSB  Accreditation Coordinating Committee  School Unit prepares Strategic Plan and Accreditation Plan  Peer review team appointed 2 years in advance  Emphasizes direct measures of program student learning outcomes

11 CharacteristicUAE CAAMSCHEAACSB  Set of standards  Self –Study  Mission driven  May require follow-up actions after self- study report is submitted  Emphasis on assessment of student learning  Requires report be sent to site visit committee/team prior to site visit

12 CharacteristicUAE CAAMSCHEAACSB  Voluntary  Specific format for Self- Study report  Specifies how the study should be conducted  Assigns a liaison or mentor from the accrediting organization  Holds periodic conferences and trainings for accreditation support  5 year cycle once fully accredited Only for first two self- studies  Site visit team made up of individuals from institutions or programs accredited by the designated organization

13 CharacteristicUAE CAAMSCHEAACSB  Has specific requirements for faculty credentials and/or teaching loads  Allows institution to offer programs and graduate students before accreditation  Has specific criteria for general education  Has specific requirements for faculty scholarship  Allows the institution to determine what data is necessary for accreditation  Where does accreditation occur? Degree Program & University UniversitySchool/College

14  MSCHE and UAE CAA focus on broad issues at the institution level  MSCHE along with agencies such as ABET, NAAB, and AACSB confirms we are providing an education compatible with other US schools  UAE CAA is much more prescriptive  UAE CAA requires a more detailed self-study every 5 years for degree programs- good incentive for quality assurance checks  Conflict between UAE CAA, AACSB and ABET as to how many program learning outcomes there should be Balancing is an arduous undertaking

15 CAA Licensure CAA Individual Program Accreditation

16 Middle States AACSB ABET EEME CoE ChE CiE CS

17 Good OKProblem

18 CAA Middle States AACSB

19  Middles States: Faculty required to be “…consistent with expected academic outcomes reflecting both appropriate standards of quality and the institutional mission.”  AACSB: Academically Qualified (AQ), Professionally Qualified (PQ)  CAA: Baccalaureate Degrees – faculty teaching beyond introductory level must have terminal degree; exceptions must be approved by the CAA

20  Analysis Paralysis: Licensure CAA (5 year); 35 programs CAA (5 years); Middle States (5 years); 6 programs ABET (6 years); AACSB; NAAB; averages to nearly 9 per year  Data collected for one self-study can be used as support materials for other self-studies  Need for collaborative accreditation example: ABET program review acceptable for UAE CAA program review  Need for collaborative acceptance of standards example: AACSB PQ faculty acceptable to UAE CAA

21 Questions or Comments?

22  Dr. Rob Bateman – rbateman@aus.edu  Director of SBM Graduate Programs & Outreach and Assistant Professor of Management  Mr. Kevin Mitchell –kmitchell@aus.edu  Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor of Architecture  Dr. Ahmed Mokhtar – mokhtar@aus.edu  Chair of the MSCHE Self-Study Steering Committee and Associate Professor of Architecture  Dr. John Mosbo – jmosbo@aus.edu  Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs  Ms. Lorin Ritchie-lritchie@aus.edu  Director of Strategic Planning and Accreditation  Dr. JeanineRomano-jromano@aus.edu  Director of Institutional Research


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