The Use of Case Analysis Training and Competitions to Assure Learning and School-Wide Quality
Business Education & Accreditation, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 29-44, 2009
16 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2010
Date Written: 2009
Accrediting agencies have mandated that member schools provide evidence of the assurance of learning of students in the educational process. This study describes a learning structure based on student participation in case study analysis. After training 103 business students in case method analysis an assessment test of concepts underlying case analysis was administered. Students were given two opportunities to pass the assessment test with a score of 80 percent or higher. The first assessment had an overall pass rate of 87 percent. It was found that upperclassmen performed significantly better than underclassmen with an average score of 91 versus 84 percent. The authors validate the use of the case analysis by engaging students in national case competitions. Based on the portfolio outcomes of the case competitions the authors create an annual Key Performance Index for the School. This index assesses the School’s overall success in competing in and winning national case competitions. It is suggested that the combination of case analysis training, followed by competitive case performance, provides important student competencies and skills and that the data gathered from such activity outcomes can be used to assess the quality of the educational delivery system of the School.
Keywords: Case analysis, Case competitions, Assurance of Learning, Communication Skills
JEL Classification: A-2, M00
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