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Achieving Global quality is doable!

Achieving Global quality is doable!

By Prof.  Thothathri Raman*


The quest for achieving global quality  in all aspets of academics is a goal much desired by every school but equally it is also the most elusive of all pursuits in academics. However, there is hope here as like everything, as with Peter Drucket and George Odiorne, so long as the objective is clear it is not difficult to achieve with some systematic processes and tools, chief among them International Accreditation.

Having influenced close to a 100 schools to get their international accreditation certification from one or the other five  international accreditation agencies including AACSB, EFMD,AMBA, ACBSP and IACEB  in the past over a decade  in India, we know it is not altogether too difficult to achieve the goal of global quality for schools answering a range of size  and vintage.

Our list includes schools that  have been around for little more than a decade to schools that have been  functioning for more than half a century. Cohort range also from around 200 to 1000.  The basic approach is one should be careful to avoid  aping the best in the business  but rather  benchmark with the best in your own class and keep moving towards the best  in the community.   

We used essentially international accreditation  adoption and also  widespread use of  globally acclaimed  empirical tools to measure the available quality  in students, pedagogy,  faculty and the institution.

We started  our work on the basis of over a decade of ranking and rating business schools and used the learnings from the experience  to figure out what ails a business school  (which may as well apply to any other branch of academic study)  and how  we can steer the school towards global quality path.

Following brief points may help to understand how to choose a quality path

1.     Know your own institution by preparing a knowledge map about various current processes  and also understand about your team and their capabilities

2.     Thoroughly assess and understand your select peers, not institutions placed much above you

3.     Study and understand  the regulatory,  local accreditation  and other processes that  helps you  assess your current quality

4.     Understand which accreditation works for you from among the international accreditation choices

5.     Train your faculty thoroughly in  documenting  their processes  and preparing  Rubrics 

6.     Deploy adequate resources in quality improvement on a sustainable basis  that would not only help in getting the best accreditation for you but also empower your faculty to give out their best as they would be attending conferences and seminars  of value as part of the accreditation process.

The most important thing, your vision or mission is yours only and you cannot realize  by copying other peer institutions or institutions much above you  as their mission may differ from yours  as with their processes.

*chairman of SEAA Trust, New Delhi  email:


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