On December 7, 59 faculty members of the College of Economics and Political Science gathered at the Holiday Inn to attend a day long “Road to EQUIS Accreditation” and Intended Learning Objectives (ILOs) development workshop conducted by Guest of Honor Professor David Weir, the former head of four top UK Business Schools. The Workshop was one of several important meetings that CEPS is holding as part of its efforts to gain EQUIS accreditation offered the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). The Workshop provided an excellent opportunity for CEPS faculty to learn and understand the EQUIS Accreditation requirements and processes and also how to develop PLO (Program Learning Outcomes) and SLO (Student Learning Outcomes) for their programmes and departments.
The session was opened by Dr. Saeed Al Muharrami, Dean of the College, who emphasized the importance of all of the CEPS faculty, staff and students to join together and work as a team to insure EQUIS Accreditation success. The Chair of the CEPS Accreditation Committee, Dr. Rafi Ashrafi, who introduced Professor Weir, also emphasized faculty leadership as a key to accreditation. In his first session, Prof Weir spoke about EFMD and the EQUIS Accreditation, followed by a second session profiling ILO methodologies and formats, and concluding with a question and answer session. In the final session of the Workshop, CEPS faculty and staff participated Departments, and engaged in a workshop session designed to evaluate program objectives and learning outcomes in terms of EQUIS standards.
In addition to the sessions, the Workshop provided opportunities for CEPS colleagues to socialize as they gained a better understanding of EQUIS Accreditation and developing ILO centered programme learning objectives, teaching plans and student academic outcomes. A Workshop Evaluation Survey distributed at the event revealed that 75% of the participants were satisfied with the workshop. Feedback from the participants also identified future workshops and training sessions that will be helpful in CEPS’ advance toward accreditation.