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Professional Graduate School in Japan

CHAPTER ONE: MISSION STATEMENT

Standard 1-MISSION STATEMENT

Basic Standard:
“Any School which applies for management accreditation by ABEST21 (hereinafter called “the School”) must define a mission statement for its educational and research activities that provides a framework for how decisions are made by the School’s management.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must develop its mission statement with the aim of nurturing highly skilled professionals in management who are able to meet the needs of globalization.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School’s mission statement must be a statement that reflects the views of its stakeholders.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must establish its mission statement in line with the provisions of the second Clause of Article 99 of the School Education Act by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan; which stipulates that Professional Graduate Schools of Business Administration should aim to cultivate scholarship and superior capabilities as required for highly specialized professions.”
Detailed Standard 4:
“The School must publish its mission statement in brochures, such as its School code, student admission materials, syllabi, and program outlines, and post its mission and goals on the School’s website.”

Standard 2-MISSION IMPERATIVES

Basic Standard:
“The School’s mission statement must imply nurturing highly skilled professionals in management and follow the larger mission of the parent university.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School’s mission statement must be a statement which includes developing expert knowledge, fundamental knowledge and sophisticated expertise in the realm of management.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School’s mission statement must be a statement that indicates the support of the students’ career development.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School’s mission statement must be a statement that indicates contribution to the development of the educational and research activities of its faculty members.”

Standard 3-OBJECTIVES FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Basic Standard:
“The School must review its mission statement continuously based on the defined processes which ensure continuous improvement of its mission statement in response to the changes in its educational and research environment.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must have systematic decision-making processes for reviewing its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must form an operational control framework to gather and file relevant information and data in order to review its mission statement on a continuous basis.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must establish the framework for seeking the opinions of stakeholders on reviewing its mission statement continuously.”

Standard 4-FINANCIAL STRATEGIES

Basic Standard:
“The School must have both short-term and long-term financial strategies to secure necessary funds to realize its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must have a financial basis necessary for realizing its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must develop financial strategies for securing the funds necessary for realizing its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must take appropriate action to secure adequate budgets necessary for realizing its mission statement.”

CHAPTER TWO: EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Standard 5-LEARNING GOALS

Basic Standard:
“The School must define its learning goals which imply innovation and discovery, global engagement, and diffusion of technology for realizing its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must clearly stipulate its learning goals in brochures such as its syllabi and publicize them to its students.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must provide academic assistance to students in choosing the courses in line with their learning objectives in accordance with the guidelines for student assistance.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must build a system to enhance communication among students, faculty, and staff, and provide academic assistance to students to help them achieve their goals.”

Standard 6-MANAGEMENT OF CURRICULA

Basic Standard:
“The School must design its curriculum systematically to realize its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 1:
"In designing its curriculum, the School must pay attention to combining theory and practice effectively in line with its mission statement and following the current trends in management education and research.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“In designing its curriculum, the School must aim at helping students acquire expertise, advanced professional skills, advanced levels of scholarship, high ethical standards, and a broad international perspective which are necessary for management professionals.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“In designing its curriculum, the School must include core courses to provide a foundation necessary for management education and research.”
Detailed Standard 4:
“The School must set a process to review its curriculum systematically and update its curriculum periodically.”
Detailed Standard 5:
“The School must design a system which enables its students to take related courses in other departments at the same university and at other universities, a credit transfer system with other schools, and a system to allow students to receive academic credit by completing an internship program.”
Detailed Standard 6:
“The School must utilize appropriate educational methods, including case studies, site surveys, debates, discussions, and question and answer sessions between faculty members and students and / or among students.”
Detailed Standard 7:
“When the School provides distance education, it must aim to maximize its educational effect by utilizing various media.”

Standard 7-EDUCATIONAL LEVEL

Basic Standard:
“The School must set the quality level of educational content so as to enable students to achieve their learning goals.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must provide an environment and a guidance system that is conducive to learning and teaching in order to maintain the quality level of educational content.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must secure adequate classroom hours necessary for completing one credit of each course in order to maintain the quality level of educational content.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must design adequate time schedules and set a limit to the number of credits which students can take to assure students’ learning efficiency in order to maintain the quality level of educational content.”
Detailed Standard 4:
“The School must establish clearly defined standards for calculating grades and for evaluating the academic performance of its students, state them in its School code, and inform the students of them in order to maintain the quality level of educational content.”
Detailed Standard 5:
“The School must take measures that ensure that the completion of the program and the academic performance of students are evaluated fairly, and that grades are calculated in an objective and standardized way in order to maintain the quality level of educational content.”
Detailed Standard 6:
“The School must set a quota on the number of students registered to a course in accordance with its educational methods, the availability and condition of its facilities, and other educational considerations in order to maintain the quality level of educational content.”
Detailed Standard 7:
“The School must provide adequate registration guidance, learning guidance and academic and career guidance to respond to the needs of diversified student body including foreign students, and also provide sufficient support for the students taking distance education programs in order to maintain the quality level of educational content.”
Detailed Standard 8:
“The School’s faculty members should share information about students’ course records, attendance rates for each program, total credits earned and academic grades, and develop initiatives to improve students’ learning in order to maintain the quality level of educational content.”
Detailed Standard 9:
“In case of providing shortened programs, the School must ensure that the educational methods and time schedules enable the students to achieve its learning goals in order to maintain quality level of education.”

Standard 8-MESASURES TO IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL QUALITY

Basic Standard:
“The School must improve its curriculum in a systematic manner to realize its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must prepare syllabi which state its educational goals, course contents, course plans, educational methods, class materials, faculty office hours, and standards for evaluating academic performance, ensure that the course content is aimed at achieving the learning goals, and publish the syllabi to be examined through peer reviews.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must review its curriculum by both examining students’ course records, total credits earned, academic grades and career options, and reviewing opinions from stakeholders.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must do periodic self-check/self-evaluations and publicize the results.”
Detailed Standard 4:
“The School must conduct faculty development in a systematic manner in order to ensure the high quality of education and research.”
Detailed Standard 5:
“The School should establish a system for awarding faculty members who achieve distinguished teaching and research results in order to ensure high quality of education and research.”

CHAPTER THREE: STUDENTS

Standard 9-STUDENT PROFILE

Basic Standard:
“The School must specify the target student population and profile of its students to realize its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must make efforts to secure students with target profiles through its selection processes.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must provide opportunities for the candidates to take entrance examinations in a fair and unbiased way.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must update its target student profile to meet the requirements of the School’s admission policy on a continuous basis.”

Standard 10-STUDENT ADMISSION

Basic Standard:
“The School must clearly stipulate its admission policy in its selection processes.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School’s admission policy must be developed in line with its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must clearly articulate its admission policy and selection criteria in brochures such as student admission materials and show them to all prospective candidates.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must evaluate the scholastic abilities and aptitudes of candidates in a consistent and objective fashion through its selection processes.”
Detailed Standard 4:
“The School must match the actual number of student enrollment with the required enrollment through its selection processes. If the actual enrollment does not match the required number, the School must take corrective action to balance the actual and the required enrollment appropriately.”
Detailed Standard 5:
“The School must take measures to attract through its selection process a diverse student body that possesses a wealth of knowledge and background to meet the needs of globalization.”

Standard 11-STUDENT SUPPORT

Basic Standard:
“The School must have appropriate student support systems that help students concentrate on their academic work.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must take various measures to provide financial support to students who need it.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must have administrative offices which collect and process relevant information and provide consultation for the students concerning academic guidance, career development and studying abroad.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must establish support systems to provide academic counseling and any other support that students require.”
Detailed Standard 4:
“The School must provide appropriate academic support and lifestyle support to international students and disabled students.”

Standard 12-STUDENT INCENTIVE

Basic Standard:
“The School must take measures to enhance the academic progression of its students to realize its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 1:
""The School must have a system that rewards students who achieve excellent academic results."
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must have a system for providing academic support to the students who face difficulties with continuing their studies.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must hold orientation programs either at the time students enter the School or before the new academic year begins, to provide incentives for students to achieve high standards of academic work.”

CHAPTER FOUR: FACULTY

Standard 13-FACULTY SUFFICIENCY

Basic Standard:
“The School must maintain an adequate faculty organization to realize its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must have a number of full-time faculty members that is adequate for its educational programs.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must maintain a sufficient number of full-time Professors and/or Associate Professors necessary for realizing its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must secure adequate number of practically qualified faculty members to realize its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 4:
“The School must ensure that the ratio of full-time and part-time faculty members in its faculty organization is appropriate for realizing its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 5:
“The School must maintain faculty diversity in terms of age, gender, and nationality in its faculty organization.”
Detailed Standard 6:
“The School must maintain qualified full-time faculty members for each of the majors it offers in accordance with the following criteria:
  • (1) Faculty members recognized as possessing outstanding accomplishments in research or education
  • (2) Faculty members recognized as possessing outstanding skills in their field of study
  • (3) Faculty members recognized as possessing outstanding knowledge and experience in their field of study.”

Standard 14 -FACULTY QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Standard:
“The School must hire faculty members who possess intellectual qualifications, relevant expertise and teaching skills necessary for realizing its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must set rules and standards for recruiting and promotion of faculty members.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must have a promotion system for faculty members and evaluate each faculty member fairly and objectively through this system.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must periodically assess its faculty members by reviewing their educational and research performance during the last five years.”
Detailed Standard 4:
“The School must disclose information about the educational and research performance of full-time faculty members during the previous five years.”
Detailed Standard 5:
“The School must evaluate academic performance of professional faculty members periodically, and assign the courses which they teach appropriately.”

Standard 15-FACULTY SUPPORT

Basic Standard:
“The School must have an educational and research environment necessary for promoting educational and research activities of its faculty members.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must limit the number of courses its faculty members teach so that faculty members can secure time to develop their educational and research activities.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must have a support system to secure the research funds necessary for promoting faculty members’ educational and research activities.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must have a support system including administrative and technical support staff necessary for promoting faculty members’ educational and research activities.”
Detailed Standard 4:
“The School must take appropriate steps to vitalize its curricula so as to promote the educational and research activities of its faculty.”

Standard 16-RESPONSIBILITIES OF FACULTY MEMBERS

Basic Standard:
“The School’s faculty members must strive to communicate with its stakeholders and ensure that their research and teaching activities are aimed at achieving the School’s mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School’s faculty members must continuously develop and improve their course contents, materials used in their courses, and teaching methods based on the results of the self-check/self-evaluation and the student evaluation.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School’s faculty members must strive to teach cutting-edge expertise and specialized knowledge in their respective fields of study in order to achieve the learning goals.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School’s faculty members must strive to set office hours and actively communicate with the students through e-mail in order to help them to achieve their learning goals.”

CHAPTER FIVE: SUPPORTING STAFF AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Standard 17-EDUCATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF STAFF

Basic Standard:
“The School must have an appropriate administrative system to support educational and research activities of its faculty members in order to realize its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must institute management systems, including faculty meetings and executive committees, to discuss administrative issues and to make and enforce the decisions required to achieve its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must institute administrative systems which are in an appropriate proportion to its size and status, and which are able to respond to the needs of globalization.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must institute administrative systems that adequately support the educational and research activities of its faculty members.”

Standard 18-INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT

Basic Standard:
“The School must maintain educational and research facilities and other infrastructure needed to achieve its mission statement.”
Detailed Standard 1:
“The School must maintain an appropriate number and quality of its facilities, such as classrooms, seminar rooms, and study rooms, in order to enhance the efficiency of its educational programs.”
Detailed Standard 2:
“The School must provide an individual office for each full-time faculty member.”
Detailed Standard 3:
“The School must systematically maintain a collection of books, academic journals, and audiovisual materials necessary for the educational and research activities of both students and faculty.”
Detailed Standard 4:
“The School must effectively utilize and maintain facilities and equipment appropriate for its educational and research activities and the delivery of its educational programs.”
Detailed Standard 5:
“The School must provide study environments which enable students to engage in self-study, and encourage students to make use of these environments.”

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