Professor Mohamed Amine ISSAMI, Director of Development, International Relations, and Communication at Groupe ISCAE has participated to the AACSB Business Accreditation Seminar held in Marrakech, on 23-24 April. Along with Deans, administrators, accreditation coordinators, faculty members (academic staff) and key stakeholders at schools interested in or seeking AACSB Accreditation; individuals new to the AACSB Accreditation Standards and process; accreditation committee members. The seminar was facilitated by Timothy S. Mescon* and Stephanie M. Bryant**, AACSB International.
This interactive seminar is vital for understanding the challenges schools often encounter regarding eligibility criteria, accreditation standards, and continuous improvement, to name a few. To learn the purpose of accreditation and move through each standard in depth, covering the four organizational areas of Strategic Management and Innovation; Participants; Learning and Teaching; and Academic and Professional Engagement.
Understanding what is important and expected at each stage of the accreditation process will save the school time, money, resources and frustration when developing a plan of action. As with other AACSB events, the seminar was an opportunity to develop a network of peers who can become a part of our school’s support system.
* Timothy S. Mescon is executive vice president and chief officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for AACSB International. He is president emeritus of Columbus State University (Georgia) where he served from 2008-2014. Previously, he served as dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair for 18 years at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Mescon gained extensive experience as an AACSB peer review team member, chair, and committee member for 25 years before joining AACSB. He is the author of more than 200 articles and case studies, and he has co-authored four books, his latest “Entrepreneurship: Venture Initiation, Management and Development” 2nd edition (Routledge/M.E. Sharpe). Mescon received his PhD from the Terry College at The University of Georgia, MBA from the Cox School at Southern Methodist University and BA from Tulane University.
** Dr. Stephanie M. Bryant is the Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer of AACSB International. She served as Dean of the College of Business at Missouri State University for 6-1/2 years and was previously the Director of the University of South Florida School of Accountancy. She received her Ph.D. and B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University and is a Louisiana CPA (inactive). Dr. Bryant specializes in accounting information systems, and previously worked for KPMG Peat Marwick. Dr. Bryant has co-authored two accounting textbooks, and over 30 academic articles and has won nine teaching awards. She served as the 2005-2006 national President of the American Accounting Association Information Systems Section. She also served as the 2006-2009 International President of Beta Alpha Psi.