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What is Triple Crown Accreditation

Global Perspectives on Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education Institutions
An accreditation status given to schools of business which hold all three international accreditations: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation, and the Association of MBAs (AMBA) accreditation.
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The Strategic Imperative of Quality Assurance: The Case of the American University in Cairo School of Business
Ahmed M. Abdel-Meguid (School of Business, The American University in Cairo, Egypt)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8085-1.ch012
This chapter focuses on the fundamental question: What is the strategic importance of quality assurance (QA) for higher education institutions (HEIs)? Divided into four main segments, the chapter begins by defining QA within the context of a continuum, ranging from entirely voluntarily QA—as a part of the HEI internal standard procedures—to more ‘prescriptive' models, as mandated by ranking and accreditation bodies. Secondly, the chapter engages in identifying specific strategic functions of QA in light of two inherent objectives of HEIs: competitiveness and sustainable impact. Next, the chapter showcases the role of QA played in advancing the American University in Cairo (AUC) School of Business to the renowned triple-crown accreditation status (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA), while highlighting both challenges encountered and implementable solutions. Last of all, the chapter discusses potential future changes to QA, given the ‘new normal' of the higher education landscape.
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