TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL: Exit interview: Outgoing AACSB CEO shares lessons for business schools to survive

Career College Central Summary:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business will live the adage "two heads are better than one" for a few months during a changing of the guard later this year.
  • Throughout March and April, the Tampa-based accrediting body and membership association for business schools worldwide will have two leaders. Tom Robinson will share the president and CEO title with John J. Fernandes until Fernandes retires May 1.
  • Reflecting on his time with the association, Fernandes shared lessons and stories from his effort to strengthen the state of business education.
  • To read stories from Fernandes' travels — including a near bar brawl — during his career with the association, get the Jan. 30, 2015 print edition of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
  • What business schools must learn

    • The business schools at the universities of South Florida and Tampa have grown more modern and nimble over the past 15 years, Fernandes said, while maintaining competitive affordability.
    • Still, he said business schools have much to learn from other institutions.
    • The best business school in the country, Fernandes said, is Duke University's Fuqua Business School. Other schools should emulate the way it embraces change and teaches students to work in teams.
    • The trend of for-profit online colleges such as University of Phoenix shows that business schools need to be more flexible for working students and communicate better about affording programs. He hopes his association's BestBizSchools website helps people choose among business programs.
    • As for actual teaching, business schools should learn from medical programs to simulate the environment their students will enter.

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