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QED forms partnership for The Accredinator software application

By | News, Resource

QED is delighted to announce a new partnership with H2 Software and The Accredinator

The Accredinator is a software application that helps business schools with accreditation requirements for AACSB, AMBA and EFMD.  The software was developed by H2 Software. The application enables Business Schools to manage one underlying database with an easy-to-use interface that produces the required accreditation tables for faculty and publications. You can learn more about The Accredinator (including booking a free demo) here.

The team at QED is delighted to work with Professor Hans van der Heijden (University of Sussex, UK and H2 Software) on this valuable addition to our portfolio of accreditation services.

Learn more here
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Impact of Covid 19 on Individual Perspectives – Initial Findings

By | QED Leadership Lens, Resource

Initial Findings – Impact of Covid 19 on Individual Perspectives

During the first 4 months of 2021, QED has been undertaking some research around how the Covid 19 pandemic has impacted individuals’ perspectives – and in turn what this means for organisations and Business Schools.  We presented our initial findings during AACSB’s ICAM in early April 2021 and plan to build on these findings over 2021.  For those interested in the initial findings, a copy of our presentation is available here.

EFMD Programme Accreditation: Updates 2021

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EFMD Programme Accreditation: Updates 2021

EFMD revises the documentation supporting EFMD Programme Accreditation periodically and updates are usually provided in the first third of each calendar year.  QED’s overview of the updates made as part of the 2021 publication, together with an assessment of the significance of the change can be found in this downloadable PDF file.

Whilst most changes are unlikely to be significant, there are a small number which should be considered by institutions within the accreditation process OR preparing for re-accreditation.

NB: This document represents QED’s interpretation of the EFMD Accredited Updates.  We recommend that you view the updated documents directly – which are available from EFMD’s website

As above, QED’s summary of the updates across the key documents is available in this downloadable PDF file..


For advice and further details on any of the above, please contact the QED Accreditation Team at

WEBINAR 3/3: AACSB 2020 Business Accreditation Standards

By | Webinars

What do you need to know?

An overview of Standard 5- Assurance of Learning

The third (and final) webinar in our series (Oct 2020) focuses on Standard 5 in the 2020 AACSB Business Accreditation Standards.

What are the areas that Schools should watch out for?

Join Join Joanne Powell (QED), Venkata Yanamandram (University of Wollongong, Australia), Sara Isabel Marin-Zapata (EAFIT, Columbia) and Ben Stévenin (RimaOne).).

Watch the webinar here

Accreditation Fees & Costs – Oct 2020

By | Resource

Accreditation Costs

There are several facets to the costs of accreditation:
  1. Payments made to the relevant accreditation bodies and comprise a mix of membership fees, accreditation fees and other expenses etc.  These are relatively fixed and easy to estimate (see link below).
  2. Staffing and advisory costs to support accreditation.  These are harder to estimate, and depend on several factors.  Will there be an accreditation team with sufficient time and experience to manage the full accreditation process? Are there additional faculty allowances given to accreditation?  Will the School require some external input, to support the internal resources?
  3. Investment Costs:  These vary hugely from school to school and naturally depend on each School’s strategic priorities.  Of course, strategic investment costs are not always linked to accreditation: Some strategic decisions will be made regardless of accreditation plans.  Others may only be made as a consequence of accreditation.

QED has listed the costs and fees associated with each of the accreditation bodies (#1 above).  These can be viewed here.

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AACSB: Transition Table for 2020 Standards

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AACSB: Transition Table for 2020 Business Accreditation Standards

AACSB’s  2020 Business Accreditation Standards were released at the end of July 2020.    The new standards represent a streamlined, principles-based framework and provide flexibility for the Business School of the future

The broad transition period for the 2020 Standards is outlined in the table below:


Any school that is currently in the initial accreditation process, and expects to have a peer review visit after July 2021 should consult with their AACSB Staff Liaison to discuss their preferred transition time.  Queries of a technical nature can be addressed to your AACSB Staff Liaison (for member schools), your mentor (for those in the process of initial accreditation) and/or your external advisor (such as QED).


For advice and further details on any of the above, please contact the QED Accreditation Team at

Webinar Series: AACSB 2020 – What you need to know?

By | Webinars


Using their combined expertise and knowledge, QED and RimaOne are partnering to provide a series of three webinars, covering the new AACSB 2020 Business Accreditation Standards. Whether you’re preparing for initial accreditation, or for a continuous improvement review, these webinars will provide a practical insight into the new standards.

The webinars will last 45 mins to an hour (including time for Q&A) and will provide an overview of some of the key changes arising, together with practical examples and advice of how schools should or can prepare. Registration is free and participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance.

All webinars will start at 1pm Central European Time.

Webinar 1: What do the changes mean for you?

Guest Speaker: Frank Bostyn – Dean UAEU & Board Member AACSB

Date: October 15th 2020

AACSB’s 2020 Business Accreditation Standards were approved in Summer 2020. Our first webinar is focused on providing an overview of the changes (both in terms of the standards and the related processes). Key topics include:

  • Summary of new standards & comparison with 2013 standards
  • What stays the same? What has changed?
  • Process changes overview – including transition arrangements
  • Scoping (including collaborative provision)

Register for Webinar 1 here


Webinar 2: Faculty Qualifications and Sufficiency (Standard 3)

Guest Speaker: Sarah Vaughan – Associate Dean Accreditations, ICN Business School, France.

Date: October 22nd 2020

The second webinar in the series focuses on Standard 3 (Faculty and Professional Staff Resources) with particular emphasis on Faculty Qualification and Tables 3.1 and 3.2 (previously 15.1 and 15.2). Key discussion points include:

  • 2013 vs 2020: What stays the same? What has changed?
  • Key points to consider when transitioning to Tables 3.1 and 3.2 (old tables 15.1 and 15.2)
  • The focus on ‘discipline’ rather than ‘department’ or ‘subject group’ within the 2020 Accreditation Standards.

Register for Webinar 2 here


Webinar 3: Assurance of Learning

Guest Speakers: Venkata Yanamandram (Associate Professor and Director of AoL, University of Wollongong, Australia) and Sara Isabel Marin-Zapata (International Accreditations, Universidad EAFIT, Columbia)

Date: October 29th 2020

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.

Register for Webinar 3 here

For advice and further details on any of the above, please contact the QED Accreditation Team at