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AACSB to Revisit Ethics Standards In Accreditation (July/August 2014)

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Ethics Matters

July/August 2014

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an accreditation agency for business management schools, is looking to update its ethics requirements.

Taken from its 2004 report, Ethics Education in Business Schools, the AACSB has held that “from the undergraduate to the master’s and doctoral levels, business schools must encourage students to develop a deep understanding of the myriad challenges surrounding corporate responsibility and corporate governance; provide them with tools for recognizing and responding to ethical issues, both personally and organizationally; and engage them at an individual level through analyses of both positive and negative examples of everyday conduct in business.”

Part of students’ development and understanding of ethics could involve the incorporation of online curricula as offered through the CPT’s Ethical Leadership Certification Program. Within the program’s first year, it has already provided extracurricular, practical ethics training to hundreds of college students.

Established in 1916, AACSB International is a global, nonprofit membership organization that provides educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education with a variety of products and services to assist them with the continuous improvement of their business programs and schools.

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