Business Case Benefits
One Single Database
Dealing with multiple business school accrediations can be challenging, as each of these accreditations requires complex compliance reporting. The format of these tables and reports is similar in nature (i.e., faculty and publications) yet they are uniquely different in their specifics.
With the Accredinator, you manage one underlying database with an easy to use interface. The database contains exactly the data needed for each accreditation. Update this database once (for example, change the position of a faculty member) and all tables from all accreditations are also all automatically updated. Tables are downloadable in Word and Excel, giving you maximum flexibility.
For AACSB specifically, the Accredinator offers a unique Table 3-1 editor to manage the faculty categories (SA, PA, SP, IP, and A) in one single table. The AACSB category rules are automatically updated and color-coded if you meet them or not.
Accreditation Panels and Peer Review Teams often spot inconsistencies between tables in accreditation reports: why is the number of publications in Table X different from the number of publications in Table Y? How come Faculty A is included in Table X but not in Table Y?
Whilst individually these little consistency errors may do little harm, together they undermine the credibility of the underlying data, and ultimately they cast doubt on the conclusions that are made on the basis of this data.
With the Accredinator the entire set of tables is generated from one underlying database: everything is consistent and not a single faculty or publication is out of place.
Up to date
Most business school accreditations require the School to use their latest standards in the School's progress and self-evaluation reports.
The Accredinator is fully up to date with the latest relevant standards. We update our software annually as EFMD updates their standards (usually in January), and are fully compliant with the new AACSB standards from 2020.
Resilient to Change
It is often the case that a slight change in the life of a business school, such as a faculty member leaving their post, or even a new publication, will mean that all the tables need to be updated and generated again.
Without the Accredinator, you would need to go through the whole manual process again, and make sure you don't make any mistakes.
With the Accredinator, you simply make the update in the database, and download the reports again.
The Accredinator integrates fully with existing faculty information systems, such as Symplectic's Elements or other systems. Faculty can continue to update their publications and data in Elements as normal. They will not need to use Accredinator.
The Accredinator also supports integration with Excel Spreadsheets and so-called RIS files, which are publication files produced by all major publication management systems.
The Accredinator is principally used by the Accreditation Office. There are special 'Observer' user roles for those who only need read-only access (such as Business School Deans and any external advisers).