College of Business recognized for global ingenuity, innovation and creativity

Business schools have long been important drivers of change by creating an environment where out-of-the-box thinking flourishes. At its 2016 Deans Conference this month, AACSB International (AACSB), the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools, recognized Colorado State University’s College of Business among 30 innovations that represent how business schools are innovating and diversifying the business education environment.

Innovating business education

Celebrated as part of AACSB’s Centennial Anniversary and upcoming Visioning Initiative, the inaugural Innovations That Inspire shines a spotlight on a variety of ways that AACSB member schools around the globe are working to innovate and diversify the business education environment. From their approaches to research and learning to their engagements with stakeholders and oversight of their management and operations, business schools are redefining the way that academic institutions of all kinds create, teach, connect and lead.

“It is my pleasure to recognize Colorado State University’s College of Business for its role in spearheading ingenuity within the business education landscape,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “As AACSB celebrates 100 years of improving quality management education worldwide, it is important for those within and outside of the industry to be reminded of the vision, leadership and innovative thinking business schools bring to the table. Through our Innovations That Inspire recognition, CSU’s College of Business stands as a testament to how business schools are driving positive impact within their communities and society at large, through their groundbreaking practices and continuous focus on excellence.”

ACTIV82LRN program

CSU’s College of Business was recognized for the submission of its ACTIV82LRN program, which is an online application that allows students to engage in social learning by answering questions, while viewing and evaluating the answers of fellow students. The program was one of 30 selected out or more than 300 submissions.

“For many years, I have been trying to find ways to enhance and develop critical thinking skills for my online learners,” said CSU Professor of Marketing Joe Cannon, one of the faculty members recognized for developing the innovative approach to learning. “With ACTIV82LRN, online students can interact and engage with other students without having to be present or online at the same time. ACTIV82LRN allows students to interact and learn from peers — social learning — yet they can do that in a flexible and convenient format, which is what usually draws them to the online classroom in the first place.”

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About AACSB International

 Founded in 1916, AACSB is an association of more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 90 countries and territories. AACSB’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, AACSB offers a wide array of services to the management education industry. AACSB’s global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.