15 From '15: AACSB's Notable Events From the Year

With our gaze already set on new goals and exciting initiatives for 2016, AACSB International takes a quick glance back at 2015 to recognize some of the significant events we celebrated along with our global membership.

With our gaze already set on new goals and exciting initiatives for 2016, AACSB International takes a quick glance back at 2015 to recognize some of the significant events we celebrated along with our global membership.

  1. BizEd Special Coverage of AACSB Deans Conference

    After starting off the year with a redesigned print magazine, in February of last year BizEd magazine hosted its inaugural special coverage of AACSB’s Deans Conference, including topical pre-conference coverage, live updates during the conference, and post-conference reflections by BizEd editors Sharon Shinn and Tricia Bisoux, as well as guest contributors including plenary speakers and conference attendees. This year, BizEd will once again provide special coverage of the Deans Conference in Miami, Florida, so be sure to visit the BizEd website for upcoming content.

  2. EMEA Office Opening in Amsterdam

    In March, AACSB International opened its Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) headquarters office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The office, headed by the newly hired senior vice president and chief officer for that region, Tim Mescon, provides increased service offerings to the business education community throughout the EMEA area. By the end of the year, the EMEA headquarters staff had grown from two to five, offering top-rate service to current member schools as well as potential new members. Also contributing significantly to the global reach of the organization, AACSB's Asia Pacific headquarters office in Singapore celebrated six years of operation in 2015.

  3. myAccreditation Launch

    Also in March, AACSB launched a new Accreditation Management System (AMS), myAccreditation, which enables schools to submit their accreditation-related information and documents electronically. The system allows processes and interactions between schools, volunteers, committees, and staff to be more productive and efficient. Since its launch, 265 institutions have utilized the system to submit their accreditation documents. Additionally, 218 institutions are currently working within the system to complete their documentation.

  4. CEO Transition

    March was a busy month at AACSB International. After having been appointed by the board as the new president and CEO, Tom Robinson officially began his role at the start of the month and made his introductory address to AACSB’s global membership. Robinson succeeded AACSB’s first president and CEO, John Fernandes, who retired from the position in April after 15 years of dedicated service to the association.

  5. ICAM All-Staff World Headquarters Event

    AACSB hosted its International Conference and Meeting (ICAM) in its global headquarters city of Tampa, Florida, USA, in April. As an added bonus to this conference, themed “Currents of Change,” all of the nearly 65 AACSB staff members located in the Tampa office were not only encouraged to attend but were often on hand to help with operations, meet with members, and see up front the work that goes into producing a global first-rate conference. A highlight of the event was former AACSB board chair Carolyn Woo's plenary speech.

  6. AACSB Explores Reveal

    In May, AACSB revamped its video interview program, formerly named ENL Live, to the current AACSB Explores. Upgraded with a new look and feel, AACSB Explores uses video, podcasts, and online segment summaries to bring insights and experiences from some of management education’s top thought leaders to our global audience. Topics cover major issues and developments facing the industry and business schools worldwide.

  7. AACSB Visioning Initiative Website Launch

    In July, AACSB launched its Visioning website, a years-in-progress initiative headed by the Committee on Issues in Management Education (CIME). In collaboration with business schools and allied organizations, AACSB is curating and further encouraging a global conversation to shape the direction of management education worldwide. The Visioning website is AACSB’s platform for highlighting this curated content. Envision the future with us!

  8. BizSchoolJobs Website Makeover

    AACSB’s job board, BizSchoolJobs.com, was redesigned in August to become mobile responsive and more user-friendly. The job board receives more than 70,000 visits annually from over 100 countries and currently has 4,000+ registered job seekers. Schools and search firms can post and manage open positions with greater impact and ease, and job seekers can search openings, manage application documents, and peruse resources anytime, anyplace, from any device.

  9. Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

    Also in August, AACSB launched a Diversity and Inclusion initiative by announcing the appointment of its first chief diversity and inclusion advocate, Christine Clements, who also serves as AACSB’s senior vice president of accreditation and member services. Tied to this appointment was the dissemination of best practices in management education, which were developed in collaboration with AACSB, the White House (U.S.), and top business school deans.

  10. AACSB Blog and LINK Newsletter Launch

    At the end of August, AACSB International launched the AACSB Blog, which publishes perspectives from leading voices in the management education industry, news and announcements from our association, and more. Congruently, in September, AACSB retired its longstanding monthly online newsletter, eNEWSLINE, and replaced it with a newly designed, mobile-responsive bi-weekly email newsletter, AACSB LINK. Each issue of LINK includes a carefully curated selection of stories and news items for readers to peruse, share, and engage with via social media.

  11. Influential Leaders Unveiling

    As part of its Centennial Celebration, AACSB called on its global member schools to nominate alumni for its “Influential Leaders From AACSB Business Schools” challenge. On September 22, the list of 100 selected nominations was revealed on a dedicated website, highlighting the impressive and varied accomplishments of alumni from AACSB-accredited institutions worldwide. Honorees come from 21 countries and span 20 different industry sectors. Media coverage of the initiative has thus far garnered over 18,179 online impressions, and counting.

  12. Centennial Timeline Posting

    In October, continuing with the theme of its upcoming centennial in June 2016, AACSB posted an interactive timeline to its Centennial Celebration website, highlighting significant milestones that have occurred throughout the past 100 years in three areas: AACSB International, Business and Industry, and Management Education. View the slides of events, from the founding of AACSB in 1916 to the establishment of the United Nations in 1945 to the founding of the Coursera online course delivery platform in 2012.

  13. AACSB Exchange Member Forum One-Year Anniversary

    In December 2014, AACSB International introduced a new Member Forum on the AACSB Exchange: an exclusive online networking community connecting 33,000+ members who share in challenges, uncertainties, and successes. This community provides all AACSB members worldwide with the ability to connect, engage in, and share experiences, industry information, and best practices. As the Member Forum celebrates one year of connecting the global membership, AACSB also marks six years of the Exchange serving as an exclusive, go-to networking resource for its members.

  14. BestBizSchools Relaunch

    In December, AACSB relaunched BestBizSchools with a redesigned website and a targeted promotional campaign. This site is poised to become the first name in student search and the go-to resource for insight and information on the best business schools worldwide. Accredited schools can review their profile page (powered by DataDirect) and contact us at [email protected] to request any updates.

  15. New Country Accreditations

    At the end of the year, AACSB accredited its first business school in Sweden, Jönköping International Business School. This accreditation followed two other business schools achieving AACSB Business Accreditation for the first time in their country: the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. Stay tuned for more "firsts" that will occur within our global membership in 2016.