AACSB FAQ

What is AACSB Accreditation?

AACSB Accreditation is the largest and most widely recognized business accreditation in the world. More information on AACSB accreditation can be found on their website at: https://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation

Other Resources:

How does F180 assist institutions in providing the required information to gain/maintain accredited status?

We assist institutions in meeting the various reporting requirements for accreditation. F180 includes pre-built reporting templates (Tables) that adhere to the required AACSB Table standards.

Faculty and administration can enter activities and other data about faculty that will populate these tables with information specific to the requirements of AACSB.  

Available Reports:

Currently Faculty180 reporting satisfies the AACSB 2017 standards, and has not yet been updated to reflect the 2018 standards.

2003

  • Table 10-1: Summary of faculty qualifications, development activities, and professional responsibilities
  • Table 10-2: Calculations relative to the deployment of qualified faculty
  • Table 2-1: Summary of Intellectual Contributions
  • Table 2-2: Summary of Peer Reviewed journals and number of publications in each
  • Table 9-1: Summary of faculty sufficiency by discipline and school

2013

  • Table 15-1: Summary of faculty sufficiency and qualifications
  • Table 15-2: Deployment of participating and supporting faculty
  • Table 2-1: Summary of Intellectual Contributions

2017

  • Table 15-1: Summary of faculty sufficiency and qualifications
  • Table 15-2: Deployment of participating and supporting faculty
  • Table 2-1: Summary of Intellectual Contributions
  • Table 2-2: Summary of Peer Reviewed journals and number of publications in each
How do we start using AACSB reporting?

Turn on reports

Reporting templates are pre-built in the system.  We will train you on using reports, and your assigned Project Manager will review the tables with you during Reports training.

If necessary tables have not been added, your Project Manager must request that our Engineering department turn on the report(s) and run a script which will activate all of the Faculty and Activity Classifications relevant to the AACSB Reports and map them to the report accordingly.

Any changes made (such as changing the values) to the Faculty or Activity Classifications associated with the AACSB tables will affect how the data does or does not populate the tables.

Getting started:

Essentially there are three things to do to get started with AACSB reporting.

  1. Update Activity Classifications to show in the right sections to faculty: As faculty members report their activities, they will select which is the appropriate category.
  2. Update Faculty Classifications:
    • Institutions can bulk upload AACSB-specific Faculty Classifications
    • Institutions can also rely on Faculty to self-report on these classifications
    • Faculty Classifications can also be entered manually by an administrator
    • Typically these are managed by an administrator in the college/school of business.
  3. Set up the course/program groupings: Users need to have course groupings in order to populate table 15-2 correctly. This is an AACSB requirement.
What are the active Activity Classifications and Faculty Classifications that would be listed in the system to populate the AACSB reports?

Faculty Classifications:

Faculty Classifications
Report Year: Report Year:
Report Year:
For Table:




2003
2013 2017 Table 2.1
Table 2.2
Table 15.1
Table 15.2
AACSB Academic Qualifications
AACSB
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Active
AACSB Faculty Responsibilities
AACSB
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Inactive
AACSB Participation
AACSB
Inactive
Active
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Inactive
AACSB Percent Time on Mission
AACSB
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Active
AACSB: Basis for Qualification
AACSB - 2013
Inactive
Active
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Inactive
AACSB: Faculty Qualification Group
AACSB - 2013
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Active
AACSB: Faculty Sufficiency
AACSB - 2013
Inactive
Active
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Active
AACSB: Percent Time Devoted to Mission
AACSB - 2013
Inactive
Active
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Inactive
AACSB: Professional Responsibilities
AACSB - 2013
Inactive
Active
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Inactive
AACSB: Faculty FTE
AACSB - 2017
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive

Activity Classifications:

Title Organization Report Year:
Report Year:
Report Year:
For Table:




2003 2013 2017
Table 2.1
Table 2.2
Table 15.1
Table 15.2
AACSB Book Type
AACSB
Inactive
Active
Active
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
AACSB Presentation Type
AACSB
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
AACSB: Scholarship Categories
AACSB
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
AACSB: Competitive Research Award
AACSB - 2013
Inactive
Active
Active
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
AACSB: Scholarly Type
AACSB - 2013
Inactive
Active
Active
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
AACSB: Professional Practice Standards or Public Policy
AACSB - 2017
Inactive
Inactive
Active
Active
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
AACSB: Professional Experience
AACSB Professional Experience
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
Inactive
AACSB Intellectual Contributions Review Type***
AACSB Active
Active
Active




*** FOR FORMER DIGITAL MEASURES USERS: When mapping the Activity Classification for AACSB Intellectual Contributions Review Type, Digital Measures has a field labeled 'Was this peer reviewed/refereed?' with "Yes/No" option.

Your business school administrator (Dean/Associate Dean) will need to determine which value in F180 to map this to, either “Blind, Peer Reviewed,” or  “Non-blind, Peer Reviewed.”

In this case, please follow the following rules:

a) Map Digital Measures “Was this peer-reviewed/referred?” = Yes to F180 “Intellectual Contributions: Review Type” = “Non-blind, Peer Reviewed” or “Blind, Peer Reviewed.”

Our recommendation is to map: Peer Reviewed = Non-blind peer review.

b) Map Digital Measures “Was this peer-reviewed/referred” = No/Blank to F180 “Intellectual Contributions: Review Type” = “Not Reviewed.”

What data needs to be maintained & by whom for each of the reports to build properly?
Institutional Responsibilities - Capturing AACSB Data: Faculty Classifications

Setting faculty classifications will be the responsibility of whomever is managing these reports - typically someone in the business school/college.

Institutions can bulk upload AACSB-specific Faculty Classifications.

Institutions can also rely on Faculty to self-report on these classifications following these procedures:

  1. Make sure there is a Faculty Classification Input form created: Administration > Administration > Input Faculty Classifications > Create Input Form
  2. Create a new form if none exists:
    • Click Add
    • Check the “Allow input form to be sent to faculty via the Communication screen”
    • Click and drag all AACSB classifications over to the right
    • Click Save and Go Back
  3. If a form already exists, verify that “Allow input form to be sent to faculty via the Communication screen” has been checked

Initiate Faculty Input:

  1. Go to: Administration > Administration > Communication > Dashboard Messages > Faculty Classification Form
  2. Select the appropriate unit (typically this would only be the College/School of Business)
  3. Select Term and Year Range
  4. Check the form to be completed
  5. Select faculty to participate
  6. Enter a message title and expiration date, and choose if you want to also send the notice as an email.
  7. Click Send

AACSB Faculty Classifications can also be entered manually by an Administrator:

Go to: Administration > Administration > Input Faculty Classifications > Input Classifications

This form will allow an Administrator to enter Faculty Classifications for a single faculty member or multiple faculty members manually.

Important Note: The ACs and FCs in revisedempty have been labeled specifically for AACSB and should not be changed by the institution's POC.

Institutional Responsibilities - Capturing AACSB Data: Activity Classifications

Activity Classifications are typically captured via an initiated activity input period or standard faculty activity input.

AACSB Activity Classifications can be set so that only business faculty see these items when entering activities.

Program and Course Groupings Requirement

Your institution will need to have course groupings in order to populate tables 15.1 and 15.2 correctly. This is a requirement of AACSB.

The Program/Course Groupings feature allows institutions to create programs (or course groupings) that can be reported as related items. For example, an institution can designate an MBA program, designate which courses are related to that particular MBA program, and then create reports isolating MBA courses and the related faculty members.

For more information on creating course groupings see: How to Create a Program / Course Grouping.

Before creating programs/course groupings, course prefixes and courses must be set up in FACULTY180. 

How are the tables for AACSB 2017 built?

The following explains how tables for AACSB 2017 are built from Activity Classifications and Faculty Classifications.

Table 2.1 (Summary of Intellectual Contributions): Activity Classifications entered by or on behalf of faculty will populate Table 2.1. That information is drawn from the scholarship section of F180.

Table 2.2 (Summary of Peer Reviewed Journals and Number of Publications): Activity Classifications entered by or on behalf of faculty will populate Table 2.2. That information is also drawn from the scholarship section, and based on the Activity Classification = Intellectual Contribution Review Type.

Table 15.1 (Faculty Sufficiency and Qualifications): Faculty Classifications for Faculty Sufficiency, Normal Professional Responsibilities and Percent of Time Devoted to Mission for Each Faculty Qualification Group.  Date of First Appointment to the School which is populated from the 'Year Started' field in the faculty classification file and Highest Degree, Year Earned, which is populated from the Degree section on the Profile Form.

Table 15.2 (Deployment of Participating and Supporting Faculty By Qualification Status In Support Of Degree Programs): A Faculty Classification, for Faculty Sufficiency and Course/Program Grouping.

The Faculty Experience:

Below is an illustrated step-by-step example of how a faculty member would provide data to populate an AACSB table. Here, the user enters a journal article as an activity type and selects the appropriate AACSB Activity Classification

1. Select "Activities" from the left hand navigation of Faculty 180

2. Open the "Scholarly Contribution & Creative Productions" section of the Activity Input page

3. Select "Journal Article" as the activity type

4. Information for the journal article should appear Section A: Input Form, on the Activity Input page

5. Scroll down to Activity Classifications in Section B, and look for the AACSB classifications

6. Select from the available options

For example, for the "AACSB: Scholarly Type" classification, the user would select the right type for the journal article from a dropdown list of scholarly types. All of the selections in the dropdown are specific to the requirements of AACSB.

7. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and save the entry

When the faculty user saves the data, the information will be recorded and used to populate the AACSB table.