Optional Events

Pre-Conference workshops, the networking dinner, and the Disneyland excurion are optional add-on events that you can sign up for to enhance your experience at the Conference. Additional fees apply for the following. Those wishing to attend one of the events below must be registered for the Conference.


Standards and Criteria Interactive Workshop
Presented by Diana Hallerud & Wilfredo Giraldo
June 23-24

This workshop is designed for ACBSP member schools in candidacy, preparing for reaffirmation of accreditation, or those who are new to ACBSP and would like to increase their understanding of the ACBSP Standards and Criteria. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or netbook with electronic copies of their business program documents as well as survey and assessment data summaries. ACBSP accreditation staff and commissioners will provide a tour of the standard and criterion requirements for each standard. Following the review of the standard, participants will use their own information to respond to a specific criterion and can enter their information on the online reporting portal with opportunities for feedback for the accreditation staff and commissioners.

Two sessions will be offered concurrently:

This is a two-day, two-part workshop, that begins on Friday, June 23 and then resumes on Saturday, June 24. Part 1 (June 23) will cover Standards One to Four. Part 2 (June 24) will cover Standards Five and Six. Participants are required to attend both days. Sessions provided in English and Spanish..

  • Session 1 (English) Friday, June 23 (7:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and
    Saturday, June 24 (8:00 AM – 11:30 PM)
  • Session 2 (Spanish) Friday, June 23 (7:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and
    Saturday, June 24 (8:00 AM – 11:30 PM)

Due to space limitations and to ensure the best training experience, each session is limited to 40 registrants. The fee is $150 per registrant. Certificates of completion will be provided for individuals who pre-register and attend the entire training. You must register for the full Conference in order to register for either workshop.


Evaluator Training
Presented by Members of the Accreditation Goverenance Board
June 23-24

This is a full day-and-a-half of training for individuals desiring to be part of accreditation site visit teams. This would also be of value for someone from a school entering the accreditation process, seeking to learn what a site team is looking for during a visit.

Due to space limitations and to ensure the best training experience, this session is limited to 40 registrants. A fee of $150 will cover training materials and lunch. You must register for the full conference in order to register for this workshop.


Best Practices in Assessing Student Learning Outcomes
Presented by Janice Stoudemire
June 24

To ensure continuous improvement, part of your formal assessment plan of student learning should include a periodic review of the assessment process. This workshop will provide some of the best practices in the designing and deploying student learning outcomes that you may want to consider implementing as part of your review process.

Special emphasis will be placed on the alignment and correlation of institutional, department, program and course-level SLOs, the use of “assessment” curriculum maps, as well as the triangulation of indirect and direct assessment results.

The workshop will include a brief introduction to assessing student learning, so it is perfect for the novice or experienced assessment person. Participants are asked to bring a copy of their institutional outcomes/goals, department or School of Business SLOs, one business program’s SLOs and course-level SLOs from at least one course that applies to the program selected.

Registration is available to anyone registered for the ACBSP Conference for an additional fee of $75.


Introduction to Strategic Planning and Leading Accreditation
Presented by Dewayne Thompson & Anthony Negbenebor
June 24

As a leader of your business school, you face an ever-increasing list of responsibilities often combined with a decreasing amount of resources. At the forefront of these responsibilities is strategic planning and leading accreditation. With the landscape of business education continually being reshaped by globalization and new technologies, how can we redefine ourselves and move from good to great?

This session will include an overview of the strategic planning process, including mission statement, objectives, analysis, and implementation as well as coordinating and developing a thorough accreditation strategy. Join us for this informative session led by two renowned leaders to learn proven strategies that will help you reach your highest potential.

Those serving as a deans including associate and assistant deans, deans with responsibility for internal operations, department chairs, and those aspiring to be deans are invited to attend. ACBSP Champions and Co-champions are also encouraged to attend.

Attendees of this workshop are eligble for a $75 discount of their registration fees for the second ACBSP Deans Symposium to be held September 8-10, 2017, in Chicago.

Registration is available to anyone registered for the ACBSP Conference for an additional fee of $75.


ACBSP Excursion: Disneyland at Night
June 25

Since ACBSP Conference 2017 is taking place in the land of Disney, we want to explore Disneyland Park...together.

Sunday evening, after a full day of conference activities, change into some comfortable shoes and join your colleagues for a fun evening at Disneyland Park. This discounted pass is good for Sunday night only and includes park admission and a shuttle pass to the park. Dinner options are available throughout the park, or you can eat at the hotel prior to departure.

You can sail with pirates, explore exotic jungles, meet fairy-tale princesses, dive under the ocean and rocket through the stars — all in one evening. Disneyland Park offers eight themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Adventureland.

Plan to meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00 p.m. Anaheim has a wonderful public transportation system that takes you directly to the park. You will be given a pass to board the shuttle bus prior to departure. Then you are on your own to explore all that this magical kingdom has to offer.

Registration is available to anyone registered for the ACBSP Conference for an additional fee of $85. All tickets are nontransferable and exclude activities/events priced separately. Tickets may not be resold.


New and Aspiring Deans Networking Dinner
June 24

This dinner is for those interested in learning pathways to becoming a dean and those new to the position, however attendance is open to anyone, including veterans who can share their experiences. The cost is $85 per attendee or guest, and includes host beverages during the reception prior to dinner, dinner, gratuity, and taxes. Registration is limited to 50 participants.