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AACSB Accredited

 The Perdue School is accredited by AACSB International, the oldest and best-known standard of accreditation for business schools. Founded in 1916, the organization’s primary objective is to improve collegiate business education. Areas of emphasis in the accreditation standards include school mission, programs, faculty qualifications and operations. The Perdue School was first accredited in 1994; the school recently hosted our fifth year Continuous Improvement Review visit. Members of our team included Shawn Mauldin, dean of the College of Business Administration at Nicholls State University; Tim Todd, dean of the Arthur J. Bauemfeind College of Business at Murray State University; and Chris Fiorentino, vice president for external operations at West Chester University.

Given the accelerating changing demands of the business and education community, business schools must be proactive in efforts to meet the needed skill-set for tomorrow’s employees. As part of these efforts, AACSB members adopted a new set of accreditation standards in 2013. These standards, focusing on innovation, impact and engagement, reflect the changing demographic, economic and technological environment that our students will enter following graduation. As we move through 2014, the Perdue School will evaluate our current efforts and introduce changes in our curriculum and delivery to meet these expectations.

The 2013 accreditation standards are divided into four areas: strategic management and innovation, participants, learning, and engagement. Although some of the standards are similar to those from 2003, there are some new areas of evaluation and some significant changes to the old standards.

One of the first major changes is a new emphasis on school mission. Rather than the all-too-common generic mission of providing the means for students to be successful in their career, the new standard emphasizes the “distinctiveness” of each school – what does the Perdue School do better than their peers or emphasize – what makes Perdue, Perdue. We adopted a new mission statement in 2012 to better reflect who we are. Also, it is no longer sufficient for faculty merely to be active in scholarship; rather, the accrediting team will look at how our efforts impact our constituents and the practice of our disciplines. A new standard adds the evaluation of the sufficiency of our support staff (advising, Career Services, etc.) and the efforts made to ensure that their education, training and support are at a level that their actions provide a positive benefit to our students and other constituents.

Still another new emphasis is teaching effectiveness; no longer will it be sufficient to merely review student evaluations. Peer-to-peer and other methods of evaluation will now be an area of focus. In addition, there is a new faculty-qualification classification matrix better reflecting the emphases and efforts of faculty.

One of the new standards evaluates student and professional engagement – student involvement in academic and experiential education. This has been a long-standing emphasis for Perdue, including the ABLE internship program, class consulting projects, case competitions and the Bernstein Entrepreneurship Competition. We will continue to emphasize these efforts and look at other opportunities.

As you see, it will be a busy 2014 for the Perdue School. Please let us know if you’d like to be a part of these efforts.

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