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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business


777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602-5730 USA

AACSB International Accreditation

AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.

AACSB International accreditation assures stakeholders that business schools:

  • Manage resources to achieve a vibrant and relevant mission.
  • Advance business and management knowledge through faculty scholarship.
  • Provide high-caliber teaching of quality and current curricula.
  • Cultivate meaningful interaction between students and a qualified faculty.
  • Produce graduates who have achieved specified learning goals.

Assurance of Learning (AoL)

The College of Business is committed to continuous improvement in the learning process.  We value excellence in teaching and learning.  Learning outcomes are developed for each program.  These learning outcomes are educational goals expected of all College of Business graduates in their respective programs.  Learning outcomes are measured by the faculty to ensure that the stated learning outcomes are being met.  The curriculum evolves and changes to reflect our commitment to making sure students meet these high standards.  The assurance of learning process consists of a) setting learning outcomes, b) measuring these outcomes through assessment rubrics, c) comparing student perfomance to established standards of success, d) making revisions as needed to the curriculum, and then e) repeating this cycle to continually monitor progress and make enhancements.    

The Assurance of Learning initiative is supported by our Co-Directors of Assurance of Learning:  Dr. Linda Anglin and Professor Mary Rolfes.   In addition, the Assurance of Learning initiative is supported by two separate College of Business Committees, the Assessment Committee and the Curriculum Committee.  Learning outcomes are shaped by input from the entire faculty as well as input from the College of Business Advisory Council.  The Assessment Committee is responsible for making sure that the learning outcomes are being measured throughout the curriculum.  The entire faculty meets at least once each semester to discuss assessment findings and make recommendations for curriculum adjustments.  Departments also meet regularly to track performance by students in learning outcomes.  The faculty then works through the Curriculum Committee to make recommended course changes.  This process is then repeated to make continual adjustments with the ultimate goal of excellence in teaching and learning through continuous improvement.   

Undergraduate Learning Outcomes (revised April 2007)

1. Students can demonstrate competency in professional written communication and formal oral presentations, appropriate to their discipline(s).

2. Students can identify leadership characteristics and can use team building and collaborative skills to accomplish group tasks.

3. Students can recognize legal and ethical problems in business, are aware of their potential consequences, and can propose and defend alternate resolutions.

4. Students can analyze business problems utilizing information technology and research methods appropriate to their discipline(s), and then use the results in business decision making.

5. Students can integrate and use information from different business disciplines.

6. Students will also meet program learning outcomes as established by each program.


MBA Learning Outcomes

1. Formulate effective business strategies

2. Apply integrative and critical thinking skills

3. Utilize information technologies in the design and management of the organization

4. Communicate effectively

5. Analyze domestic and global forces that affect organizational success

6. Identify and evaluate ethical dilemmas related to business decisions

7. Manage group and individual dynamics in organizations