Accreditation Games and Gravy Trains

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Accreditation Games and Gravy Trains(EPAS and AMBA) : 

Thursday, October 30, 2008 Business School 1 Accreditation Games and Gravy Trains(EPAS and AMBA) Alan Blackburn

Accreditation games and gravy trains (EPAS and AMBA) : 

2 Business School Accreditation games and gravy trains (EPAS and AMBA) Structure of presentation Oxford Brookes Business School: Context and strategy EFMD Programme Accreditation Experience (EPAS) Association of MBAs Accreditation Experience

Metrics : 

3 Business School Metrics National Standing: University and Business School

EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS) : 

4 Business School EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS) EPAS accreditation requirements Panel visit agenda Brookes experience and cost/benefit Feedback from EPAS pilot schools

EPAS accreditationrequirements : 

5 Business School EPAS accreditationrequirements Programmes must meet appropriate standards in the following areas… Criteria are linked to the Value Chain model

Panel visit agenda (half day) institution and context : 

6 Business School Panel visit agenda (half day) institution and context

Subsequent (half days) programme family evaluation : 

7 Business School Subsequent (half days) programme family evaluation

The Brookes experience : 

8 Business School The Brookes experience Preparation Practice panels ‘the mind set’ Self assessment document and opening presentation The process Meetings, questions, assumptions, ‘split panel’ Finale and feedback What next ‘Four reports into one’

The Brookes experience : 

9 Business School The Brookes experience Strengths and weaknesses

The Brookes experience : 

10 Business School The Brookes experience Cost/benefit of EPAS accreditation

The Brookes experience : 

11 Business School The Brookes experience Benefits Informs future developments: feedback against EQUIS criteria at programme level, Feel good factor Leverage in Marketing and promotion materials (hopefully)! Contributing to EFMD community Learning something of EQUIS panels Faculty development

Linking EQUIS accreditation criteria to EPAS criteria : 

12 Business School Linking EQUIS accreditation criteria to EPAS criteria

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13 Business School

Conclusions from EPAS Phase 1 pilot : 

14 Business School Conclusions from EPAS Phase 1 pilot Emphasise academic content more than school’s context Clarify data requirements for SAR and base room Maintain broadly existing time frame for visits but modify visit structure Introduce variable time period for accreditation (also conditional) Reconsider joint EQUIS / EPAS visits Join European register of accrediting agencies recognising implications for reports & outcomes in public domain EPAS Feedback from Pilot 3rd March 2006 (EFMD)

Association of MBAs: Accreditation Experience : 

15 Business School Association of MBAs: Accreditation Experience Rationale for application Proliferation of MBAs within the University Rationalise collaborative partners Differentiation from competitors Fees (improved reputation) Admission to new networks

Accreditation experience : 

16 Business School Accreditation experience

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17 Business School

Cost/benefit of AMBA accreditation : 

18 Business School Cost/benefit of AMBA accreditation

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