Standards Committee: Individual Roles

Overall Committee Leadership

Standards Committee Leadership Team
The Standards Committee Leadership Team consists of the Standards Committee Chair, all subcommittee chairs, the Executive Director, and others as necessary. The team is chaired by the Standards Committee Chair, and meets on a bi-monthly basis to discuss the following:
  • Updates on the progress of each subcommittee and issues that may need additional input
  • Decisions that span across all committees, such as Standards revisions, publicity, media relations, etc.
  • Initiatives brought forward from the board

Minutes are taken during the leadership team meetings and distributed to the leadership team, as well as archived for all committee members to access as needed.

Standards Committee Chair/Board Liaison to the Committee
  • Works closely with the Executive Director to oversee the work of the committee.
  • Assists with committee composition and committee member selection.
  • Serves as Board Liaison to the committee. Ensures that strategic initiatives created by the board are implemented among the committee. Serves as a communication liaison between the committee and the board. Provides regular committee updates to the board, including comprehensive reports prior to the December and June board meetings. 
  • Works closely with the Executive Director to ensure consistency, manage external partnerships (such as with the employment data system vendor  or the rankings media), and assist with overall communications.
  • If possible, attends the annual media meetings in NY and DC (and other media meetings or phone calls, if feasible), along with the Executive Director and President (note: this role may be assigned to another committee member or leader, as needed).
  • Hosts bi-monthly calls with the subcommittee chairs and the Executive Director to discuss areas where consistency and decision-making are needed, as well as hear updates on subcommittee progress. Ensures that an agenda is sent in advance of the meeting, and that minutes are taken during leadership calls and distributed in a timely manner. 
  • Monitors the standards email accounts and assists with responses as needed.

Executive Director
  • Works closely with the Committee Chair and Subcommittee Chairs to oversee the work of the committee. 
  • Attends bi-monthly calls with Standards leadership, as well as monthly subcommittee calls if possible.
  • Uses institutional knowledge to provide guidance and leadership for committee decisions, keeping in mind long-term goals and implications.
  • Manages relationships with the rankings media. Serves as first point of contact for questions from the media, and responds as needed (after consulting with committee leadership). Coordinates and attends annual media meetings and phone calls.
  • Distributes standards-related communication to the membership, such as rankings advisories (after content is created by the committee),
  • Manages the relationship with Qualtrics for employment data collection. Provides ongoing feedback into the survey process and makes decisions, as needed (consulting with committee leadership as appropriate).
  • Supervises the Standards Consultant.
  • The Executive Director is a member of the Standards Committee and should be included in all leadership meetings and communications, and consulted on decisions. The Executive Director also serves as liaison among all MBA CSEA committees, assisting with opportuities for cross-committee communication and collaboration when needed.

Standards Subcommittees

Subcommittees meet on a monthly basis, and chairs regularly report to the Standards Committee Chair and Executive Director regarding progress. The Executive Director and Standards Consultant participate in all subcommittee meetings; the Standards Committee Chair may participate as desired, but it not required to participate. Subcommittees have similar goals and responsibilities as defined here, but may differ in implementation based on the unique needs of each area/program. In areas where the work of one subcommittee impacts another, the Executive Director and leadership team serve as a conduit to ensure ongoing collaboration. Once per year, a joint meeting is held with all subcommittee members to discuss areas of shared interest.
Subcommittee Chairs (Full-time MBA, Part-time MBA, Specialty Masters)
  • Assists with committee member selection.
  • Host smonthly calls with subcommittees to perform the work of the subcommittee as described in the navigation links in the SOP's. Ensures minutes are taken during subcommitee calls and distributed in a timely manner. 
  • Divides subcommittees up into separate rroles (see below) to work on different assignments and divide the work for a manageable load.
  • Monitors the standards email account associated with the subcommittee and assist with responses, as needed.
  • Attends bi-monthly leadership calls with the Standards Committee Chair and other subcommittee chairs.

Individual Committee Member Roles

Committee members will be asked to join the committee in order to fulfill one of the following specific roles (see the committee responsibilities section fo the SOP for more specifics about each role):
  • Education/training – work closely with the Standards Consultant to provide feedback and participate in Standards training, including webinars and in-person sessions as appropriate.
  • Rankings media/advisories – work with their school’s internal marketing office to obtain surveys sent by rankings media as soon as they are distributed. Review the surveys compared with the Standards, and identify any discrepancies that may need to be addressed. Assist with creating an advisory for the Executive Director to distribute to the membership regarding how members should respond to the survey.
  • Employment data survey  – assist the Standards Consultant with the development of and revisions to the employment data survey. Test the survey with employment data before it’s released. Review the reports, and provide feedback for edits needed.
  • Standards Compliance Review (FT MBA Subcommittee only)
  • Standards revisions (during years when revisions will be made) – review FAQ’s from members, industry trends, and observations from the Standards Consultant and committee, and recommend revisions to the Standards. 
  • Standards promotion (PT MBA Subcommttee only) - reach out to organzatons that focus on PT MBA/working professonial MBA programs to ensure they are aware of the Standards. 

Other Roles

Standards Consultant
  • Serves as primary manager for the Standards Compliance Review process (for the Full-time MBA Standards). Works closely with members to encourage them to be eligible for a review and answers questions about the process. Works with the review firm (Urish Popeck) to manage the process. Makes selections of schools eligible for review. Provides updates on the review process to the committee, as needed.
  • Serves as first point of contact to the membership to answer questions about the standards. Consults with committee leadership as needed.
  • Manages and conducts Standards training. Works with committee members to create training material based on frequently asked questions from members and issues identified during the Standards Compliance Review process. Utilizes members fo the committee as much as possible in order to provide real world examples to the membership. 
  • Manages the Vendor Standards Compliance program. This program provides vendors who use the Standards to capture and report employment data with a certification/yearly license to do so. Urish Popeck conducts the inquiry into the system to ensure it is Standards-compliant, and the vendor signs a licensing agreement. The vendor is billed on a yearly basis, and re-certified if changes are needed to the Standards.
  • Manages the Employment Data System. Creates surveys and manages testing process with committee members. Creates reports for members to access. Assists with decision-making regarding surveys and reports. Serves as primary point of contact with Qualtrics regarding survey implementation.

Standards Advisory Group

MBA CSEA recognizes the importance of consistency, stability and historical knowledge when managing the standards for reporting employment statistics. The Standards Advisory Group is an invitation-only team that serves in an advisory capacity to the Standards Committee and Board of Directors, providing an ongoing historical perspective to assist with critical decisions. To that end, the group:
  • Meets twice per year (or more often, as needed) to discuss changes in the marketplace and their impact on employment data collection and provide important considerations to the committee
  • Reviews proposed changes to the Standards during revision years, and provides advice to the committee
  • Serves as an ongoing resource to the committee and Standards Consultant to answer questions that come up about the historical application of the Standards
  • Receives updates regarding progress made by the Standards Committee and staff
  • Provides feedback regarding committee activities and programs, as needed
  • May help with additional tasks or projects, as requested

Group members are selected by the President, Executive Director and Standards Committee Chair, and typically consist of MBA CSEA members or former members who have a strong knowledge of the Standards and awareness of organizational history.

The Advisory Group is chaired by the Standards Committee Chair. The Executive Director also attends all meetings. Meeting agendas are developed by the Standards Committee Leadership and Executive Director. Meeting minutes are distributed to the Advisory Group and archived for Standards Committee Members to access as needed.