Assurance of Learning (AoL) is a quality management system, which improves the students learning success and supports the faculty for Business Administration to comply with the highest standards in education permanently. The AoL process controls and improves the quality of degree programs and evaluates, if the participants reach the defined learning expectations and gain specific key competencies. For all degree programs offered at the faculty of Business Administration as well as the Mannheim Business School clear competency goals have been defined, which are reviewed by the AoL process. AoL is also part of the AACSB standards for the accreditation of business schools and is mandatory for all through AACSB accredited business schools.
Along with the AoL managers of the Dean’s Office at the Business School each functional area provides AoL coordinators, who are responsible for the realization of the AoL process. All Competency Goals as well as their review are decided by the AoL Program Committee, which consists of representatives from teaching staff, student body and industry .
Assurance of Learning provides evidence-based insights in the quality of education and the curriculum, which allows the teaching staff to continuously improve the course – and study options for an optimal study support and guarantees excellent performance of our students.
As an associate lecturer at the University of Mannheim and Chief People Officer & Member of the Managing Board of SAP (Switzerland) AG I know the teaching program as well as the requirements of the working environment first hand. As representative of the companies in the AoL program committee I introduce this perspective, for example during the development of new competency goals in our degree programs, which lead to an optimal preparation of our students’ careers in leadership positions.
At the Mannheim Business School we provide worldwide high standards in management training. To keep our high standards and provide further development corresponding to current requirements from economy and society, a continuous quality assurance in our programs is a must. For that reason we are glad to be part of a structured and international accredited process with Assurance of Learning, which assures that our students gain the competencies they need for their career.
For me Assurance of Learning means assisting in the decision-making process which will enable our students’ endeavors to acquire the necessary skills during their time in Mannheim. AoL is more than a simple checklist, it is a useful instrument which assures that all students work to be their best. The opportunity to work hand in hand with the faculty to make our education in Mannheim future-proof is something that we as the student body value.