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Accredinator Updates – Sept 2021

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The Accredinator – Summary of Updates to Sept 2021

H2 Software has launched the following updates to Accredinator.

Activity Updating and Reporting
  • Tables have been updated to reflect any changes made in the updates to AACSB, EQUIS and EFMD Accredited (formerly EPAS) standards and guidance.
  • Additional AACSB Faculty Classification details are now embedded into faculty profiles – so that users can see exactly how each faculty member’s activities contribute towards classification (in line with each School’s faculty classification policy).
  • An ‘Activity Survey‘ has been added: Using this, the Accreditation Team can download each faculty member’s listed activities. The template lists existing activities and provides space for faculty members to add new activities.  The updated survey can then be re-imported back into The Accredinator.  This means that the Accreditation Team does not have to re-key the activity information: it is automatically incorporated from the updated Activity Survey.
  • For AACSB, the activity import (as mentioned above) will automatically update the faculty qualification status where relevant.
  • The new ‘Hub’ section of the software (see ‘Additional Reporting’ below) facilitates reporting of activities  – filtered by date range, activity type etc.
External Parties (Industry links etc)
  • The software now includes the ability to add “External Parties” (such as collaborative partners, industry partners etc) and to link activities (such as publications, faculty engagement etc) to these parties.
  • It is also possible to tag exchange partners (Student exchange partners).
  • Summary reports can be generated – filtered by date, external party and country/region.
  • A map of partners can be printed – providing a useful visual of partner locations around the world (filtered by student exchange or industry partners)
Additional Reporting
  • The Accredinator now contains a central hub – to facilitate useful reports that are non-accreditation specific (e.g. list of faculty in post; list of activities by type etc);
  • It is now possible to print CVs and fact sheets for faculty members (based on the information held within Accredinator). CVs are organised into A-Z folders – so they can be copied into the virtual base room by a single click!
  • Additional functionality is being added to make reporting more accessible for other accreditations (such as Athena Swan; Prime etc)

The Accredinator is a software application that helps business schools with accreditation requirements for AACSB, AMBA and EFMD.  You can learn more about The Accredinator (including booking a free demo) here.

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AACSB Business Accreditation Standards: Updates 2021

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AACSB Business Accreditation Standards: Updates 2021

AACSB significantly updated its Business Accreditation Standards in 2020.  Over the past year, it has continued to consult and receive feedback on the new standards – from pilot schools, members and volunteers. It has now published its first set of amendments/updates (1 July 2021).

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 the vast majority of changes reflect clarification only,  there are a small number which could potentially impact schools.  Regardless, QED recommends that all schools within an AACSB accreditation process (whether initial or renewal) should review and ensure they have understood the changes and clarifications.

NB: QED’s material represents QED’s interpretation of the AACSB Updates.  We always recommend that you view the updated standards directly – which are available from AACSB’s website in the following formats:

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 info@QEDaccreditation.com.

Accredinator Update – Google Scholar Integration

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The Accredinator – Integration with Google Scholar

One of the frequent questions that arises in Accredinator Demo Sessions is whether the software integrates with Google Scholar.  The answer – we’re delighted to say – is yes!


The Accredinator offers a seamless integration with Google Scholar.

Schools can import any faculty publications from Google Scholar through the easy-to-use interface.  The short video included provides a quick tour of this accessible integration feature.

This is particularly useful where:

  • schools have trouble accessing faculty publications from the central institutional repository; or
  • faculty records are incomplete at Institution level (but available through Google Scholar)


The Accredinator is a software application that helps business schools with accreditation requirements for AACSB, AMBA and EFMD.  You can learn more about The Accredinator (including booking a free demo) here.

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QED forms partnership for The Accredinator software application

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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.

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WEBINAR 3/3: AACSB 2020 Business Accreditation Standards

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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

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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 info@QEDaccreditation.com.

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

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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 info@QEDaccreditation.com.