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January 2014 - Focus on Business Advisory Councils

ACBSP is sharing valuable information through a series of email messages each day this week:

Monday - ACBSP Award Opportunities || Tuesday - Annual Conference || Wednesday - Business Advisory Councils
Thursday - ACBSP Update || Friday - Business Education Week || Saturday - Transnational Journal of Business

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

TO: ACBSP Members

The ACBSP Business Industry Relations Committee is dedicated to releasing a number of products and services this year. I am pleased to share the plans underway and how you can participate.

Skills Gap Survey
Mind the Gap With this email we are releasing a new tool for our members to use to identify and assess the skill gaps in business essential areas such as critical thinking, interpersonal communications, and technical/general knowledge. Complete details are included in a Skills Gap Survey Users Guide. A special session on use of the survey will be offered during the Annual Conference and International Conference. Consider using the survey during the next several months and share your experiences this June in Chicago with others who have also used the survey.

Business Advisory Council Resource Kit
Business Advisory CouncilsThe Business Industry Relations Committee is preparing a Resource Kit focused on best and suggested practices of operations of a Business Advisory Council, which may also have other names on your campus such as Business Advisory Board. ACBSP is collecting samples of agendas, bylaws, operating procedures, Web pages, orientation presentations, sample invitation letters, reward and recognition processes, and any other items you use in the operation of the BAC on your campus. You will be contacted by a member of the Committee before anything is published to ensure your identity is protected, if that is desired, and to get your permission to publish. We are planning a special way to honor and celebrate all who participate by their contribution.

The kit will be released in June at the ACBSP Annual Conference during a concurrent session and available for download for members only after July 15, 2014. The deadline to submit these materials is February 28, 2014. Please submit to with the subject line: “Business Advisory Council Request.”

Focus Track at ACBSP Annual Conference: Business Advisory Councils
2014 Annual ConferenceEach year during the Annual Conference we focus on a special topic during a focus track. In 2011, it was “Focus on India.” In 2012, the focus was “Empowering Women,” and in 2013, it was “Implementing PRME.” In 2014, the focus will be on Business Advisory Councils on Saturday. A Thought Leader Session on Saturday morning will feature a panel of persons describing their experiences and suggested practices in developing and implementing a BAC on their campus. Up to five concurrent sessions will feature presentations including one on use of the Resource Kit. A networking dinner that evening will bring together attendees and speakers. If you feel you have an expertise to share, send an email to Sarah Haas to express an interest in being a moderator for the track, a presenter during the panel discussion, or a presenter during the concurrent session (including title and brief description). Each offers a one-half waiver of fees to attend the Conference. Please respond by February 8 to Sarah with the subject line: “Business Advisory Council Focus Track.”

Please strongly consider how you can contribute to this work underway. Thank you.

Douglas Viehland

Douglas Viehland, Executive Director
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213 USA
office: 913.339.9356 fax: 913.339.6226


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