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University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

By Lerner College February 2, 2016

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

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 the Lerner College 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, the Lerner College 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.”

The Lerner College was recognized for its submission on the JPMorgan Chase Innovation Center, which detailed the Center’s impact in providing on-campus jobs and applied research opportunities for students with UD faculty and JPMorgan Chase employees.

“We are proud to demonstrate what can be accomplished when business schools build strong partnerships with industry leaders, and we are enthusiastic about innovating in the future as the Lerner College continues to grow,” said Lerner College Dean Bruce Weber.

“Winning an AACSB award in competition with many strong and well-resourced rivals is the result of determined efforts by many people,” Weber continued. “I want to thank our JPMorgan Chase colleagues for turning the Innovation Center vision into a 3,100 square foot reality.”

For a detailed overview of the featured innovations, please visit In the coming months, AACSB will continue to showcase more schools and innovations that demonstrate an impressive range of creativity and commitment to quality. Additionally, access to the full portfolio of submissions will be available to member schools via AACSB’s benchmarking database, DataDirect.

A comprehensive look at AACSB’s upcoming Visioning initiative is also available online at, and findings from the Visioning Initiative will be presented at ICAM 2016 in Boston, MA, USA on April 3-5, 2016.