S EAA Trust, New Delhi steps into the 11th year of its activity marked by the launch of its 11th annual international accreditation conference which once again features all the top rated accreditation agencies of the world, an unique tradition which we have long established to help bring the best benchmarks of quality by bringing together the varying accreditation systems worldwide. In the current year our focus has been to address the crucial issue of maintenance of accreditation and learning from the experience and also continuously improving the quality of the target school with the help of the accreditation agency that had conferred its endorsement to the school"Getting accredited is one thing but, following up and using the new status effectively & on a sustained basis is quite another" is a statement that should be framed and put on display at the chamber of every Dean and provost who just went through the process. Accreditation is not an easy business, it is time consuming, it involves tremendous amount of people's time and it is also expensive costing anything between the annual tuition fees of ten to 20 students would have paid to the school annually. Accreditation
also brings massive changes to the way of working of school, the reporting systems, the admission, student engagement and faculty engagement systems and the institutional working. After all, the very idea of accreditation is to voluntary adopt change with the help of peer experts who are brought along while the accreditation is in progress.
Standards for Educational Advancement & Accreditation (SEAA) Trust, New Delhi had consciously from the beginning in October 2008 kept as its credo to support self-regulation benchmarking with the best in their class by any higher education institution. We of course, started with business education and stuck with it for the past over a decade bringing in transformative changes in the market that we operate in which is characterized by one of the largest cluster of business schools in the world and also growing at a rapid pace. Indian market for business education is today over 4000 schools strong and is growing relentlessly even though consolidation has taken its toll and nixed around 12 to 15 per cent of the schools purely based on quality issues by the government regulator. This has not affected the incremental growth of business education with government itself adding around 18 new schools at the top end of the quality chain.