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PIR as a transformation tool

Accreditation and Reporting

62% of PIR schools have used the rating results in their AACSB accreditation and CIR reporting processes. The student-led process can provide the evidence to back up the three areas of the business accreditation standards required for AACSB.

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Strategic Management and Innovation

AACSB asks: how the school strategically intends to make a positive societal impact 


The PIR Area of Energizing measures how governance and culture move the school ahead. Students assess the degree to which a school is aligned with its purpose and vision and if change and innovation towards sustainable and social outcomes are naturally happening.

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Learner success

AACSB asks: how the school’s curricula promote a positive societal impact


The PIR assessment area of Educating contains dimensions that assess and provide evidence of the integration of ethics, responsibility and sustainability in programs, the learning methods and tools students receive to solve societal challenges and the support to address social and sustainable factors in their future careers.

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Collaborate for impact

AACSB asks: how school-supported activities (beyond research) demonstrate a positive societal impact


The PIR Area of Engaging reflects the school’s active engagement to earn the trust of students and society and its status as a respected public citizen. Schools are also required in AACSB reporting to demonstrate thought leadership, engagement, and societal impact, through collaboration with external stakeholders.

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