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ABEST21 Business Accreditation Standards

Adopted: July 2, 2006
Revised: October 16, 2009

CHAPTER ONE MISSION STATEMENT

STANDARD1 (MISSION STATEMENT)
Common Standard:
Any Business School which applies for accreditation by ABEST21 (here after called "the School") should explicitly define the school's mission statement that provides a framework for how decisions are made by the management of the organization.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must establish its mission and goals with the aim of nurturing highly skilled professionals in the area of international business with respect to globalization.
  2. The school's mission and goals should reflect the views of stakeholders, such as faculty members, the school's staffs, students, alumni, and business organizations and so on.
  3. The school must publish its mission and goals in brochures, such as its school code, student admission materials, syllabi, and program outlines, and post its mission and goals on the school's website.
STANDARD1 (MISSION IMPERATIVE)
Common Standard:
The school's mission statement is imperative for providing higher education for management and business. The mission statement must also support the larger mission of the university in relation to the community, society, and the environment.
    Criteria:
  1. The school's mission and goals must cover the requirements needed to acquire both fundamental knowledge and sophisticated expertise in the realm of higher education for management and business.
  2. The school's mission and goals must support the development of its students' careers.
  3. The school's mission and goals must contribute to the research activities of its faculty members.
STANDARD 3 (MISSION STATEMENT FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT)
Common Standard:
The school should have clearly defined systematic decision-making processes and associated plans of action which ensure continuous improvement, and review the mission and goals with respect to changing environment.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must form operational control frameworks to review its mission and goals.
  2. The school must form operational control frameworks to gather and file relevant information and data in order to review its mission and goals on a continuous basis.
  3. The school must set opportunities to hear the opinions of stakeholders concerning its mission and goals.
STANDARD 4 (FINANCIAL STRATEGIES)
Common Standard:
The school must have both short-term and long-term financial strategies to provide resources appropriate for achieving its mission and goals.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must secure financial resources for realizing its mission and goals.
  2. The school must develop financial strategies for securing funds.
  3. The school must have adequate budget.

CHAPTER TWO EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

STANDARD 5 (LEARNING GOALS)
Common Standard:
The school must articulate learning goals which embrace the elements of "Innovation and Discovery", "Global Engagement", and "Diffusion of Technology" for completing its mission and goals.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must clearly stipulate its learning goals in its syllabi and publicize them to its students.
  2. The school must set guidelines for assisting its students in choosing courses appropriate to their own goals and provide assistance to students in accordance with the guidelines.
  3. The school must enhance communication between students, faculty members, and staff, and provide academic assistance to students to help them achieve their learning goals.
STANDARD 6 (MANAGEMENT OF CURRICULA)
Common Standard:
The school must organize its curriculum systematically for completing its mission and goals.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must organize its curriculum which considered educational and research trends in both business and society for effectively combining theory and practice in line with its mission and goals.
  2. The school must organize its curriculum with the aim of helping students acquire expertise, advanced professional skills, advanced levels of scholarship, high ethical standards, and a broad international perspective, all of which are necessary components of educational programs for business professionals.
  3. The school must organize its curriculum which includes core courses as necessary components of educational programs.
  4. The school must set systematic decision-making processes and review its curriculum periodically and systematically.
  5. The school must organize its curriculum designed in a way which enables students to take related courses in other departments at the same university and at other universities. The school should also have a credit transfer system with other schools and allow students to receive academic credit by completing an internship program.
  6. The school must utilize appropriate educational methods for its curriculum, including case studies, site surveys, debates, discussions, and question and answer sessions between faculty members and students and / or among students.
  7. The school must work to maximize its educational effect by utilizing various media to improve distance education.
STANDARD 7 (EDUCATIONAL LEVEL)
Common Standard:
The School should set standards of educational contents for students enable to achieve their learning goals.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must promote learning environment and teaching circumstance to keep its educational level.
  2. The school must secure adequate classroom hours to complete each course to keep its educational level.
  3. The school must design time schedules and set a limit of number of credits which students can take to improve students' learning efficiency to keep its educational level.
  4. The school must clarify its standards for calculating grades and for evaluating the academic performance of its students in accordance with its school code. These standards should be publicized by the school to keep its educational level.
  5. The school must take measures to ensure that grades are calculated in an objective and standardized way and that the academic performance of students is evaluated fairly to keep its educational level.
  6. The school must set a quota on the number of students it accepts in accordance with the schools' educational methods, the availability and condition of its facilities, and other educational conditions to keep its educational level.
  7. The school must provide adequate guidance and advice to any type of students including foreign students and students take distance education programs to keep its educational level.
  8. The school must set opportunity to share information about students' course records, attendance rates for each program, total credits earned, and academic grades among its faculty members to keep its educational level.
  9. The school must offer its educational methods and design time schedule for its students which enables them to achieve its learning goals in case of providing establishment of shortened programs.
STANDARD 8 (MEASURES TO IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL QUALITY)
Common Standard:
The school must improve its curriculum systematically for completing its mission and goals.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must clearly state its educational goals, course contents, course plans, educational methods, class materials, faculty office hours, and standards for evaluating academic performance in its syllabi, publicize it, and should be examined it by peer review.
  2. The school must review its curriculum by examining students' course records, total credits earned, academic grades and career options.
  3. The school must hold self-evaluation periodically, and publicize these results for improving quality of management education.
  4. The school must operate Faculty Development systematically based on the result of the self-evaluation for improving quality of management education.
  5. The school should establish a performance evaluation system for awarding faculty members who achieve distinguished education and research result.

CHAPTER THREE : STUDENTS

STANDARD 9 (STUDENT PROFILE)
Common Standard:
The school must specify the student's profile which is suitable for learning its educational programs intended to serve for completing its mission and goals.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must make efforts to admit students who are eligible for enrollment in the entrance examination for completing its mission and goals.
  2. The school must provide opportunities for candidates to fairly take entrance examinations.
  3. The school must update eligible student's profile meet the requirements of the school's admission policy.
STANDARD 10 (STUDENT ADMISSION)
Common Standard:
The school must clearly stipulate the policies for admission to degree and certificate programs, as well as to other short courses and its policies must consistent with the school's mission.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must establish an admission policy which is in line with its educational goals.
  2. The school must clearly articulate its admission policy and eligibility application in such printed matters as an application handbook and publicize it to all prospective candidates.
  3. The school must judge the academic abilities and aptitudes for learning of applicants objectively and with fairness in entrance examination.
  4. The school must control the number of student enrollment in the school by admission in the entrance examination.
  5. The school must put forth an effort to diversity of students with different knowledge and experience in the area of globalization of economy.
STANDARD 11 (STUDENT SUPPORT)
Common Standard:
The school must maintain a staff sufficient to provide consistent and ongoing student services and support activities.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must take various measures to give financial support to students who need it.
  2. The school must gather and manage sufficient information to provide career advice to each student in accordance with his / her aims and abilities.
  3. The school must take measures to provide career advice, academic support, and general support so that students can concentrate on their academic studies.
  4. The school must provide academic support and lifestyle support to international students and disabled students who are enrolled in the school.
STANDARD 12 (STUDENT INCENTIVE)
Common Standard:
The school must have academic standards and retention practices which produce high quality graduates.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must establish a system for awarding students who achieve excellent academic results.
  2. The school must establish a system for providing financial and academic support to students who need such support.
  3. The school must hold orientation programs either at the time students enter the school or before the new academic year begins to provide incentives for students to achieve high standards of academic work.

CHAPTER FOUR FACULTY

STANDARD 13:FACULTY SUFFICIENCY
Common Standard:
The school must maintain an adequate faculty body for its degree and certificate programs, as well as short courses that are offered, in accordance with the school's mission and goals.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must hire an adequate number of full-time faculty members to operate its educational activities.
  2. The school must maintain a sufficient number of full-time faculty members (Professors and/or Assistant Professors) to achieve its educational and research goals.
  3. The school must secure an adequate number of professional faculty members to achieve its learning goals.
  4. The school must hire full-time faculty members and part-time faculty members in the appropriate ratio.
  5. The school must establish faculty body in adequate compositions of age, gender, nationalities.
  6. The school staff must maintain qualified full-time faculty members for each of the majors it offers in accordance with the following criteria established by MEXT:

    1. Faculty members recognized as possessing a record of accomplishment in research or education.
    2. Faculty members recognized as possessing outstanding skill in their field of the study.
    3. Faculty members recognized as possessing outstanding knowledge and experience in their field of study.
STANDARD 14 (FACULTY QUALIFICATIONS)
Common Standard:
The school must secure its faculty body that possess and maintain intellectual qualifications and relevant management expertise sufficient to accomplish the school's mission.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must establish rules and standards for the appointment and promotion of faculty members.
  2. The school must establish promotion procedure for the faculty members clearly.
  3. The school must periodically assess its faculty members by reviewing their educational and research performance every five years.
  4. The school must disclose information about the educational and research performance of all full-time faculty members during the previous five years.
  5. The school must periodically assess professional faculty members with respect to their work experience and allocate professional faculty members who have the appropriate qualifications in the major fields in which they teach.
STANDARD 15:FACUTY SUPPORT
Common Standard:
The school must have clearly defined processes in place to support and develop faculty members over the course of their careers, consistent with the school's mission.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must limit the number of courses its faculty members may teach so that faculty members may develop their educational and research activities.
  2. The school must make efforts to secure the necessary funds to enable faculty members to develop their educational and research activities.
  3. The school must secure administrative and technical support staff to assist its faculty members' educational and research activities.
  4. The school must have clearly defined processes in place for its faculty members to develop their educational and research activities.
STANDARD 16 (RESPONSIBILITIES OF FACULTY MEMBERS)
Common Standard:
Individual faculty members must operate with integrity in their dealings with students, colleagues, and other stakeholders and keep up-to-date with developments in their academic disciplines.
    Criteria:
  1. The school's faculty must make continuous efforts to develop their course contents, materials used in their courses, and teaching methods as well as reviewing course evaluation by students.
  2. The school's faculty members must devote themselves to increasing expertise and specialized knowledge in their respective fields.
  3. The school's faculty members must help students achieve their academic goals by setting office hours to provide educational guidance to students and by communicating by e-mail with their students.

CHAPTER FIVE SUPPORTING STAFF AND INFRASTRUCTURE

STANDARD 17 (EDUCATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF STAFF)
Common Standard:
The school must secure administrative body to support educational and research activities of its faculty members.
    Criteria:
  1. The school must institute management systems, such as faculty meetings and executive committees, the decisions of which should be respected, in order to improve the school's educational and research environment.
  2. The school must institute appropriate administrative systems in proportion to its size and status.
  3. The school must institute administrative systems that adequately support the educational and research activities of its faculty members.

STANDARD 18  (INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT)
Common Standard:

The school must provide and maintain facilities, technical support, and other infrastructure in a manner consistent with its mission and goals.

    Criteria:
  1. The school must maintain a full range of facilities, such as classrooms, seminar rooms, and study rooms, in order to improve the efficiency of its programs. 
  2. The school must provide individual offices for each full-time faculty member.

  3. The school must systematically maintain a collection of books, academic journals, and audiovisual materials for the educational and research activities of both students and faculty.
  4. The school must build and maintain facilities and equipment suitable for its educational and research organizations, and its educational program.
  5. The school must provide study environments which enable students to engage in self-study, and encourage students to make use of these environments.


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