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IACBE Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting-Baltimore

2015 IACBE Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting
Baltimore • Maryland • USA

Post-Conference Summary

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2015 IACBE Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting a Tremendous Success

IACBE Annual Conference

BaltimoreThe Board of Directors, the Board of Commissioners, and the staff of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) are pleased to report that our 2015 Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting (ACAM) held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA was a great success! In addition, our 2015 ACAM saw a number of firsts for the Assembly, and provided many wonderful opportunities for thought leadership, professional development, networking with colleagues, and for sharing best practices in business education. Many conference delegates commented that it was the “best conference ever,” and echoed the sentiments of one participant who remarked: “Wow! I want to thank you for an excellent conference. The sessions and presentations were extremely informative and of very high quality.” Some of the many other comments received include: “Congratulations on a wonderful show in Baltimore.” “Thank you so very much for a wonderful conference.” “The workshops on Friday were exceptionally well-done and extremely beneficial.” “Thank you so much! The IACBE conferences are so friendly and collegial.” “The IACBE is truly like a ‘family’ and your conferences are very much like a family reunion.” “I had a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you next year!”

Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Conference Hotel
Hyatt Regency Baltimore
On the Inner Harbor

Conference Hotel

Hyatt Regency Baltimore • On the Inner Harbor
Baltimore • Maryland

Conference Dates

April 14-17 • 2015

Conference Theme

Trends and Challenges in Business Education

Conference Agenda

Conference Program (PDF)

Conference Proceedings (PDF)

Conference Summary

This year’s Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting featured an outstanding lineup of concurrent sessions, roundtables, speakers, and other activities and events.

Conference Photos

Photos from the 2015 Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting have been posted and are now available for viewing:

Conference Presentations

During the conference, there were a total of 52 break-out sessions dealing with the trends and challenges in business education. The presentations have been posted and are now available for download:

Annual Awards of Excellence

At Thursday’s Awards Luncheon, the IACBE presented its annual awards of excellence – The John L. Green Award for Excellence in Business Education, the Frank V. Mastrianna Education Leader of the Year Award, and the Excellence in Teaching Award. Recipients of the 2015 Annual Awards of Excellence

Accreditation Recipients

At Thursday evening’s Accreditation Banquet – the highlight of each annual conference – the IACBE recognized its accreditation class of 2014. The class consists of a total of 30 institutions from 6 countries that achieved either first-time accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation in 2014. Accreditation Class of 2014

Student Case-Study Competition

Business EthicsThe 2015 Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting also featured the fourth annual IACBE Student Case-Study Competition focusing on business ethics. The competition is open to students from all IACBE-member institutions. The competition provides students with an opportunity to showcase their abilities to analyze a case, to identify and discuss recommendations for ethical action, and to “think on their feet.”

Bloomberg BusinessweekFirst-, second-, and third-place teams were selected based on the combined scores from four rounds of presentations over two days of competition. The winning team was awarded a $1,000 scholarship generously sponsored by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Eller CenterThe final-round case – entitled “Corporate Inversion: Profitable, but Patriotic?” – was written by Dr. Paul Melendez, Assistant Dean of Executive Education, Founder of the Center for Leadership Ethics, and Professor of Practice in Management and Organizations in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, and was graciously provided to the IACBE by the university’s Eller Center for Leadership Ethics.

About the Eller Center: The Eller Center for Leadership Ethics brings together top research faculty, established educational outreach programs, and corporate partnerships to effect broad change in ethical leadership across business. Through research, education, and outreach, the Eller Center for Leadership Ethics is committed to improving the ethical culture of organizations.

Winners of the 2015 Student Case-Study Competition

New Board Members

At the General Meeting of the Assembly on Thursday morning, the IACBE elected new members to its Board of Directors and Board of Commissioners. New Board Members

Special Roundtable Sessions

The following special roundtable sessions were included in this year’s ACAM:

Meet-the-Commissioners Roundtable

This roundtable session provided ACAM participants with the opportunity to meet the IACBE Board of Commissioners and to ask questions regarding the Assembly’s accreditation process, self-studies, outcomes assessment plans, policies and procedures, or other aspects of the IACBE’s process of quality assurance. In addition, the commissioners shared their experiences in accreditation reviews and pointed out typical problem areas and pitfalls to avoid when members prepare their own self-studies for accreditation.

Special Accounting Accreditation Roundtable

An IACBE task force has been working on the development of criteria and a protocol for the special accreditation of accounting programs. The process has entered its final phase with the specification of accreditation principles and the development of an accreditation/self-study manual for accounting programs. This roundtable session provided conference participants with an opportunity to meet with members of the task force and to discuss the next steps in implementing a pilot program for this important initiative.

IACBE Faculty Development in International Business-China Study Tour Roundtable

This roundtable session introduced the IACBE’s new professional development opportunity for faculty and administrators from IACBE member institutions – the Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB)-China Field Study Tour. The program is an initiative of the IACBE and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Colorado-Denver. The program is designed to examine the opportunities and challenges facing China as it continues its rapid economic development. Launched in January 2015, the first FDIB China study tour included business visits in the cities of Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, and Yichang (Three Gorges Dam). The roundtable featured presentations by the participants of the 2015 tour who shared their experiences with attendees.

Trends and Challenges in Business Education (TCBE) Roundtable

This roundtable session is a part of the ongoing TCBE initiative for the IACBE and its members. The initiative brings together the IACBE community, on an ongoing basis, for the purpose of addressing the challenges associated with the major trends in business and business education. The roundtable at this year’s ACAM focused on the next steps in moving forward with the initiative. In particular, participants discussed the further development of the initiative and determined the most appropriate communications platforms for networking, discussion, and the distribution and sharing of information (e.g., social media, blogs, discussion boards, webinars, etc.).

Doctoral Program Roundtable

This session offered opportunities for participants to discuss various issues relating to doctoral programs in business, including program design, assessment, faculty considerations, scholarly activities, and other pertinent areas.

Conference Accreditation Workshops

In addition to sessions on the conference theme and other areas relating to excellence in business education, the 2015 ACAM also featured the following all-day accreditation workshops:

Preparing an Effective Self-Study and Site Visit Preparation –  
Attendance at a self-study workshop is now a requirement prior to the preparation of a self-study for first-time accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation. Each of the IACBE’s Accreditation Principles were introduced and the ways in which to document compliance with them in the self-study were explained. In addition, the key points in preparing a complete and accurate self-study document were identified, and common pitfalls to avoid were pointed out. The logistics involved with preparing for an efficient site visit were also covered.
Developing a Comprehensive Outcomes Assessment Plan –  
Attendance at an assessment workshop is now a requirement prior to the submission of an application for candidacy status. This workshop focused on how to design a comprehensive outcomes assessment plan that meets IACBE expectations for assessing student learning in your business programs and the operational effectiveness of your academic business unit. The workshop discussed the definition and purposes of outcomes assessment; described the key points to keep in mind when preparing an assessment plan; identified measurement instruments that can be used to assess both intended student learning outcomes and intended operational outcomes; and explained the use of outcomes assessment in measuring and advancing academic quality in your business programs. In addition, the IACBE’s new assessment plan template and a comprehensive example of a completed plan were presented.
Site-Visit Peer Reviewer Training –  
A successful accreditation review process depends on a careful, thorough, and objective site visit conducted by a team of well-trained peer reviewers. As the IACBE continues to grow both domestically and worldwide, a corps of competent, knowledgeable site-visit evaluators becomes increasingly essential. Workshop participants learned how to evaluate self-studies effectively and how to conduct productive and efficient site visits.
Site-Visit Team Chair Training –  
An effective site-visit team requires a skilled and capable chair who can successfully coordinate the activities of the team. This workshop focused on the responsibilities associated with chairing an accreditation site-visit team. The workshop was intended only for those who have completed a site-visit peer reviewer training session and have been a member of a site-visit team. Participation in this workshop was by invitation only.

We Sincerely Thank Our Sponsors

President’s Circle

Sponsor:Peregrine Academics

Ruby Sponsor

Sponsor:Ashford University-Waypoint Outcomes


Event Sponsors

Student Case-Study Competition Sponsors

Sponsor:Grantham University
Sponsor:Bloomberg Businessweek

Student Case-Study Competition Sponsors

Sponsor:Eller Center

Many Thanks to Our Conference Exhibitors

Premium Exhibitors

Sponsor:Institute of Management Accountants
Sponsor:Interpretive Simulations
Sponsor:Ivy Software


Sponsor:Ashford University-Waypoint Outcomes
Sponsor:Bloomberg Businessweek
Sponsor:Cengage Learning
Sponsor:Ehtics Game
Sponsor:Peregrine Academics

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