SBS Sustainability and Quality Assurance

Sustainability At SBS

As members of the SBS community, we stress awareness of and engagement with environmental health from a critical perspective, recognizing that environmental matters are deeply connected to issues of culture, political economy, gender and power. We maintain that SBS Swiss Business School adopts policies and practices that recognize the importance of alternative cultural and gender perspectives within our own campus. We also stress the importance of incorporating sustainability-based curricula from a dynamic and interdisciplinary perspective in order to enhance students’ ability to holistically engage the major environmental issues of their generation.

SBS Swiss Business School is committed to promoting sustainability through research, education, outreach and international collaboration. We recognize that sustainability transcends geographic, political, cultural and disciplinary boundaries. To this end, we take our international and multicultural campus community as a model to engage diverse stakeholders in our activities and initiatives.

We encourage the entire SBS community to engage in programs and projects that develop interdisciplinary collaboration as well as strive to “green” the campus and its surrounding neighborhood.  

SBS Swiss Business School hosts a Sustainability Day each academic year and faculty specifically cover, on a given day, the sustainability issues.  

The 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) and their 169 subgoals are at the core of the Agenda 2030. Striking a fine balance, they account for the economic, social and ecological dimensions of sustainable development. SBS Swiss Business School is taking this responsibility seriously and is committed to integrating sustainability as a cross-cutting issue across all areas of the institution. 

SBS Swiss Business School is working to promote sustainable development in research, teaching and business operations:

  • It conducts research that makes a significant contribution to shaping sustainable development.
  • SBS transfers knowledge and skills through its teaching activities that enable students to respond appropriately to the challenges of sustainable development.
  • In its business operations, SBS promotes the careful use of ecological, economic and social resources.

Institutional Effectiveness

Working on improving the quality of our educational programs is an ongoing focus at SBS Swiss Business School. To ensure that improvement occurs systematically, the principles of a quality assurance system were set out by the Executive Board.

This process of continuous improvement is reflected in Deming’s improvement cycle, known as the Plan-Do-Check-Act or PDCA cycle. A systematic PDCA approach leads to quality control, quality assurance and quality improvement.

Quality assurance is entirely the responsibility and property of SBS Swiss Business School. At each level, ambitions are articulated, goals are identified, process are established and assessments are made as to where improvements are needed. When external stakeholders are involved (such as employers, alumni, advisory councils), decisions are also made at each level about where, when and how improvements measures should be deployed, based on measurements or judgments.

SBS Swiss Business School recognizes the importance of accountability and continuous improvement. To ensure that our objectives and standards are tested and improved, we have adopted a cyclical assessment process:

The academy quality and progress towards the goals set forth in the strategic plan are monitored by the office. We gather and analyze the data, distribute the information to all stakeholders and facilitate and advise on the assessment process. The material used can be internally generated or is derived from external sources; in addition the measures can be designated as direct or indirect. The office is involved in survey research, instructor evaluations, enrollment analysis, benchmarking, auditing and reporting.

  • Responsible person: Janice Stoudemire
  • Leader Accreditation Team: Dr. Bert Wolfs
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