Dean of WPI’s School of Business Named Chair of International Accreditation Quality Committee
Mark Rice Will Oversee Committee That Recommends Changes in Standards, Policies, and Procedures for AACSB International
Mark P. Rice, dean of the School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has been named to a one-year term as chair of the Accreditation Quality Committee for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The committee recommends changes to accreditation standards, policies, and procedures for the association, which accredits undergraduate and graduate programs in business and accounting internationally.
“With the increasing demand for management talent globally—particularly in emerging economies—and the explosion in the number of business schools worldwide, AACSB has a critically important role to play in recognizing and advancing quality in the delivery of business education,” Rice said. “The accreditation standards need to accommodate the wide diversity of ways in which business schools achieve their missions, while also ensuring quality and continuous improvement in the diversity of schools it accredits.”
Rice, who became the inaugural dean of WPI’s School of Business in the summer of 2010, has been active in many aspects of AACSB over the past decade, serving as chair of the Pre-Accreditation Committee from 2006 to 2008, vice chair of the Strategic Directions Committee from 2007 to 2008, and a member of the Accreditation Coordinating Committee since 2006, among other posts. In 2010 he was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality, a group of business and business school experts that is evaluating whether AACSB’s standards and practices adequately align with the changing global environment of business.
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