During the residential seminar held in March 2nd and 3rd, 2018, the participants have attended workshops led by experts from the international firm QED (Quality Education Development).
These workshops are part of the accreditation process approved at board meetings in 2017 and 2018 as a strategic transformative project ensuring a sustainable development of Groupe ISCAE.
Indeed, in an increasingly competitive and tight environment, where international standards are required, this universal recognition becomes a must to reinforce the leading position of the Group.
The first half day of the seminar addressed the standards AACSB Accreditation Strategies, which revolve around the mission of the School. By mission, AACSB perceives the triptych:
Vision / Mission / Values. It is about providing answers to the three key questions:
1-What does Groupe ISCAEaimto become in the future and what are the strengths that the group can rely on?
2-What are its distinctive features and the specificities compared to other business schools worldwide(almost 15,000 Business Schools Listed).
3-What are the values that underlie its mission and which guide itsdecisions and actions?
Teams have worked in brainstorming mode, to put forward proposals of ideas and key words on each of the three questions, taking into consideration the legal framework of the School genesis and context. From the feedbacks of the four groups, a first draft of synthesis, build in plenary, brought out the following:
“Groupe ISCAE, a pioneering and public Moroccan business school, attracts and develops talents to meet the evolving needs of local, regional and global environments. To serve the sustainable economic and social development of Morocco and the region, it educates drivers of change and cultivates an entrepreneurial mind-set through degree programs in business, executive education and development dissemination of intellectual contributions to business and academic communities “.
This expression of the Group’s mission highlights values such as: “Diversity, Accountability, Inclusion and Commitment”.
The second half-day seminarfocused on the “Assurance of Learning AoL “. The AoL approach allows a school to identify key learning points (knowledge, know-how and interpersonal skills and attitudes) that it intends to develop in consistencywith its mission towards students.
The working groups first identified the learning objectives «intended Learning Outcomes” of the Grande Ecole.
They then worked on mapping the program for learning positioning based on the syllabi proposed by volunteer professors. Discussions focused on how, when, how often to evaluate the learning objectives outcomes, and to determine the sufficient level of compliance.
At the end of this event, participants were given certificates of attendance.
Then, participants had around table discussion about theirperceptionand comments regarding the seminar and the status of the ongoing projects, in general.
Finally, faculty members were committed to share, later on, the experience of this seminar with permanent professors who could not attend, through animated workshops.