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Douglas Viehland Presents Session on Sustainable Development in Higher Education at AIMS Convention

Wednesday, August 29, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Melinda Dorning




ACBSP Executive Director Douglas Viehland Presents Session on Sustainable Development in Higher Education at AIMS Convention

OVERLAND PARK, KS, USA (August 29, 2012)Sustainable Development: Experience Sharingwas the title of a session presented by Douglas Viehland, CAE, Executive Director of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) at the 24thAnnual Management Education Convention organized by the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS). "Innovative Management Education for Sustainable Development” was the theme for the event, which took place August 25-27 in Hyderabad, India.

Viehland’s presentation focused on The Sustainable University: Green Goals and New Challenges For Higher Education Leaders, a book by James Martin and James E. Samels & Associates. "My work with schools in India is accreditation of business schools and programs. Sustainability is a personal passion and a professional interest of mine. This book by Martin and Samels takes a comprehensive look at ways in which colleges and universities can and should implement sustainability measures,” said Viehland. (Samels and Martin will present their findings during a Thought Leader Session at the 2013 ACBSP Annual Conference in Salt Lake City next June.)

"Now more than ever, Indian business schools and programs must show not only a focus on sustainability but a determination to deliver the highest quality business education. (Concerns voiced on quality of B-SchoolsIndiaToday online, Aug. 25, 2012). Achieving specialized business accreditation is one of the best ways to accomplish that,” Viehland said. "ACBSP is the second largest accrediting body in the world and is the largest global accrediting body in India, with seven schools currently accredited by ACBSP. In addition, four more Indian universities are candidates for accreditation and moving through the process currently,” he said.



ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,134 member campuses, 167 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 572 have achieved accreditation and more than 485 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 10,000.


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