Associate Deans Conference

November 16–19, 2020

Associate Deans Conference Agenda

Sessions will be recorded and made available on The AACSB Exchange to all conference attendees. To accommodate multiple time zones, some live sessions will be repeated. Conference sessions are subject to change. Please check back regularly for the latest schedule.

Monday, November 16, 2020

09:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Membership and Quality Assurance Information Session

Join this session to learn how you can optimally engage in the AACSB Business Education Alliance. AACSB Staff will introduce you to the member benefits and resources available and will provide an introduction to the AACSB accreditation process.

Speakers:
  • Lauren Maradei, Manager, Membership, AACSB International
  • Jane Lawler, Senior Manager, Accreditation Services, AACSB International

09:30 a.m.–01:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

10:35 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Virtual Platform Exploration

This video tutorial will explore the Hopin platform to learn about navigating and networking opportunities for a successful conference experience

10:50 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Welcome and Keynote 1: Strange Days Have Found Us: Managing Anxiety on Your Campus During a Pandemic

In 1967 The Doors released a song that began with the lyrics “Strange days have found us, strange days have tracked us down”. Fifty-three years later these lyrics resonate louder than ever. Almost everything about how we offer education has changed and with great change comes great anxiety! I will first explain the anxiety response and highlight how it impacts decision making, and the danger it represents if allowed to become chronic. The good news is, the anxiety response can be controlled, and I will highlight skills and strategies one can use at all levels of your institution, from administrators to first-year students, to provide respites from anxiety and the negative affects it can have.

Speakers:
  • Steve Joordens, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto

12:10 p.m.–01:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

BREAKOUTS: Interactive Discussions

Join facilitated, small group discussions on your topic of interest. More details coming soon!

01:15 p.m.–03:15 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Affinity Group Meetings
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

10:30 a.m.–10:55 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Virtual Coffee Room

Network in an informal setting and share the latest book, podcast, or movie you enjoyed.

10:30 a.m.–03:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

(A1) Accelerating the Transformation of Teaching and Learning

The importance of teaching and learning excellence and innovation has been implicit as part of many business school’s strategies, but in the midst of the pandemic it has become central in the increasingly competitive landscape of business education. This interactive session will focus on several business school leaders who have responsibility for managing teaching and learning practices in their schools. These leaders will share their work and the way they approach leadership in this area. This conversation is important for business schools as they consider how they will structure their leadership to fit their strategic plans and manage teaching and learning processes and practices within their schools during this critical time.


(A2) Adapting Strategic Planning to Address the Future of Higher Education

Presenters will discuss implications of strategically planning and managing resources, as well as share how to gain university and college-wide support for the school’s mission


(A3) Social Impact and Engagement

How are you engaging students, staff, faculty, and impacting local communities? Explore the challenges and opportunities.

12:00 p.m.–12:10 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Speed Networking

Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know fellow conference attendees! Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

12:10 p.m.–12:25 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

DataDirect

12:25 p.m.–01:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Break & Live Networking with Exhibitors

Visit our virtual exhibitor showcase to chat live with exhibitors as they showcase innovative solutions and the latest products and services in business education. These industry experts can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover groundbreaking ideas to bring back to your institution.

01:15 p.m.–02:15 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

myAccreditation

Learn how myAccreditation will streamline accreditation reporting for schools, mentors, team members, and operating committee members.

02:40 p.m.–03:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Expo Demo Session 1

02:45 p.m.–03:45 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Social Hour & Wine Workshop

For the first 30 minutes, we’ll learn wine basics, tasting techniques, and appreciation tips from an expert wine connoisseur, followed by a live Q&A and small group breakouts for networking and casual conversation with colleagues. In addition, it will help you calibrate your palate as you embark on this lifelong adventure called wine!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

10:30 a.m.–10:55 a.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Virtual Coffee Room

Network in an informal setting and share the latest book, podcast, or movie you enjoyed.

10:30 a.m.–02:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

(B1) Business Student Success: Effective Strategies for Student Retention, Progression and Graduation

Unless your institution is an anomaly, the global pandemic has likely directed more emphasis on the challenges of retaining students. As senior administrators struggle with looming budget cuts, the strategic decisions associated with student progression and graduation are increasingly placed in the hands of colleges. Join a current and former associate dean whose business schools have championed student success through first year course experiences, peer mentoring and tutoring, supplemental instruction, and intrusive advising. Learn about effective strategies to support your business students and improve your students’ success.


(B2) Budgeting through Uncertainty

How is your institution coming up with creative measures to balance budgets and do more with less?


(B3) Virtual Peer Review Visits: Dos and Don’ts

The session will provide in a humorous way experiences, good practices and worst cases of how to prepare (or how not to prepare) an upcoming virtual visit.

12:00 p.m.–12:10 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Speed Networking

12:10 p.m.–12:25 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

DataDirect

12:25 p.m.–01:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Break & Live Networking with Exhibitors

01:00 p.m.–02:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

(C1) Collaborations: STEM and Business Education

This session explores collaborations between STEM programs and business education to prepare students for jobs of the future.


(C2) What Comes Next? 10 Disruptions Business Schools Must Navigate After the Pandemic

In this highly interactive session, panelists will debate changes to business schools brought about by the pandemic and predict how these disruptions will impact the future of GME. Audience members will direct the conversation by voting on which predictions they see as inevitable for the field. Our panel will then explore how such changes will come to pass and share practices for adapting in the wake of COVID-19. Attendees will learn strategies for evolving in ways that allow their institutions to control their destiny throughout this period of rapid and intense transformation.


(C3) Faculty Qualifications

This session will highlight key changes proposed in the 2020 standards on faculty, the rationale for these proposed changes, and examples on effective faculty development strategies.

02:10 p.m.–02:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Expo Demo Session 2
Thursday, November 19, 2020

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Keynote II

11:00 a.m.–03:10 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

12:10 p.m.–01:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

BREAKOUTS: Interactive Discussions

Join facilitated, small group discussions on your topic of interest. More details coming soon!

01:30 p.m.–02:30 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

(D1) Alternative Models of Higher Education

Higher education is criticized as being slow to change. However, the pandemic required abrupt changes. Explore some of the best practices and lessons learned for new strategies on delivery, collaborations, faculty models and more and how does this impact future models of higher education?


(D2) Exploring AoL

Explore the changes to AoL in the proposed 2020 standards and learn what this looks like for your institution and assessing your students’ learning outcomes.

02:35 p.m.–02:50 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

DataDirect

02:50 p.m.–03:10 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

Expo Demo Session 3