AACSB 2020 Business Accreditation Standards: Assurance of Learning

29. Oct 2020 | AACSB 2020 webinar series, Webinars

Our final webinar in the series takes an overall look at Standard 5 (Assurance of Learning). In this we talk about the changes in language within the new standards, and the importance of taking time to really define the learning competencies for each programme. Key areas include:

  • 2013 vs 2020: What stays the same? What has changed?
  • Table 5.1 (“new” Assurance of Learning table)
  • Microlearning Credentials: what do I need to know?
  • Non-degree Executive Education: what’s required?
  • Latest insights into the moves by AACSB to allow leverage of work done for National/Regional Regulatory bodies.

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About the speakers

Venkat Yanamandram is Associate Professor of Marketing, and incoming Associate Dean (International and Accreditation) (acting) at the Faculty of Business and Law, University of Wollongong, Australia. He has sustained excellence in teaching, building on University teaching and learning awards. His extensive experience in AACSB accreditation matters and faculty international activities, intrinsically related leadership at the unit, program, and strategic levels, and continued professional development all coalesce to enhance student learning. As the Director of Assurance of Learning, Venkat developed, steered, and embedded the Assurance of Learning process for assessment of student achievement of competencies in all of the Business degree programs, both onshore and offshore. He has demonstrated active and positive contributions in University-level committees; fulfilled governance roles at the School and Discipline levels; and influenced, facilitated, and often led change in the governance of collaborative activities in the School and/or wider community.

Sara Isabel Marín-Zapata holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Universidad EAFIT, and she is currently an MBA student at the same institution. She was recognized as the best junior researcher of the city by the Mayor of Medellin, and as the best student of her cohort. She currently works at Universidad EAFIT in the International Accreditations Office and has professional experience in designing and coordinating the implementation of assurance of learning systems as well as conducting overall continuous improvement processes and implementing high-quality standards in business schools through the AACSB accreditation process. She is a co-coordinator of the AACSB Latin American and Caribbean Regional Network.

Technical Expert

Joanne Powell is a senior advisor with Quality Education Development (QED), a long-established advisory company that supports business schools with continuous improvement, international accreditation and leadership development. Joanne has extensive experience in education, training and assessment. Prior to joining QED, she worked as an educator, a chartered accountant and as Head of Assessment for Chartered Accountants Ireland. Her leadership philosophy focuses on deepening awareness of each individual’s core leadership characteristics and values to raise overall effectiveness and impact. She is an expert in international Business School accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS and EFMD Accredited) – working with teams in international business schools across Europe, Asia and the Americas to support them in achieving their accreditation objectives.


Benjamin Stévenin is a data management expert with more than 10 years of experience in higher education. He is the CEO of RimaOne, a software solutions provider for the finance and higher education sector. Benjamin is the co-creator of ACADEM, a data management solution to assist business schools with the management of their faculties, research and accreditation processes; ACADEM has so far been adopted by more than 150 institutions globally, many of them holding multiple international accreditations. He speaks regularly at international conferences and has co-developed training programs related to smart data and quality management with one of the leading international accreditation bodies. Benjamin is the co-creator of ACADEM, Benjamin has more than 10 years of experience in higher education and the work with his clients regularly includes strategic issues related to quality management.


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