The Heidelberg School of Business (HSB) is currently actively pursuing specialized programmatic accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), “a leading international specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence,” to reaffirm its commitment to continuous quality enhancement, student centered engagement, innovation, and scholarship. “ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching.” The accreditation process has created the impetus for relevancy and currency of faculty, facility and curriculum that best create value for students, employers, and community. The Dean of HSB, Dr. Haseeb J. Ahmed, along with Dr. Henry Rennie (Professor of Business & Economics), Dr. Andrew Weiss (Professor of Business), Professor Barbara Tucker (Professor of Accounting) and Dr. Mary Lou Kohne (Assistant Professor of Marketing), has attended the annual conference of ACBSP Great Lakes Council for Business Schools and Programs in Dayton, Ohio on October 6-7, 2011. The Provost of Heidelberg University, Dr. David Weininger, joined the HSB Dean for the pre-conference workshop on the accreditation process held on October 5-6, 2011. Several papers from HSB faculty were accepted for presentation during the conference.
Dr. Henry Rennie, Professor of Business and Economics, has presented a paper titled “Discussion Pedagogy to Achieve and Sustain a Quality Business Education.” Participants in this widely attended session learned how discussion pedagogy improves student management skills in decision making, strategic thinking, and communication. The presentation highlighted how the instructors can create a distinctive competency for their institution and integrate a business curriculum through a process of continuous learning. The Heidelberg MBA program uses the discussion pedagogy with experiential learning as a method of instruction.
Dr. Andrew Weiss, presented a paper titled “Understanding the Stories that Kill or Sustain Excellence” which emphasized the critical role played by a culture of assessment in sustaining excellence. Participants of this extensively attended session learned how such a culture is built on stories that support assessment initiatives. This popular session addressed the techniques to collect, read, shape and tell stories that define assessment culture of the institution. Dr. Weiss’s presentation has been selected as the “Best of the Regions” from the ACBSP Great Lakes Council for Business Schools and Programs for 2011 annual conference.