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Carl H. Lindner College of Business

May Update- UC Recognized by AACSB International for Leading the Way in Entrepreneurial Education

Thursday, May 25, 2017 1:55 PM
The Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge uncovers cutting-edge practices at the forefront of entrepreneurship in business education

Cincinnati, OH (April 26, 2017) — Today AACSB International (AACSB), the world’s largest global education network, recognized University of Cincinnati for its commitment to creating and incubating cutting-edge business innovations and fostering entrepreneurship in the next generation of business leaders. University of Cincinnati is one of 35 business schools around the globe to earn this distinction.

In its inaugural year, AACSB’s Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge highlights AACSB-accredited schools that deliver innovative and creative best practices through a range of distinctive entrepreneurship programs, or through a variety of impactful center formats. Accredited schools were invited to submit one example of how they demonstrate a unique commitment to student learning, while providing opportunities for students to gain the skills required to be successful in business—whether it’s in a startup or within a world-renowned corporation. Central to the challenge was uncovering schools’ unique approaches to engaging the business community, expanding the reach of education beyond the classroom and positively impacting society.

“I am pleased to recognize University of Cincinnati for its commitment to developing thoughtful, dynamic education experiences that instill entrepreneurship and creative thinking in its students,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “Entrepreneurship is about problem solving and working to make improvements – whether on a business or society at large – and AACSB celebrates University of Cincinnati for striving to instill that same sense of responsibility in its business education curriculum.”

As part of the selection process, the nominations were reviewed by a panel of corporate leaders from a variety of disciplines, including venture capital, consulting, and accounting. Core to the Collective Vision for the industry, AACSB supports the collaboration of business practice with business education. By integrating the perspectives of business professionals into the selection process, relevant impact could be identified.

A total of 120 nominations were submitted by AACSB-accredited schools across 34 countries, all of which highlighted unique approaches to fostering and developing entrepreneurship in undergraduate and graduate students

University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business was recognized for their submission centered on the Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization which prepares students to successfully lead startups, intrapreneurial corporations, and family businesses. Two unique attributes include an extraordinary level of interdisciplinary collaboration and strong integration with community.

“It is an honor to be recognized by AACSB as one of 35 business schools around the world for the Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge. At the University of Cincinnati we strive to create an interdisciplinary culture where entrepreneurial-minded students from all UC colleges can collaborate with one another in their entrepreneurial endeavors,” said Tom Dalziel, executive director of UC Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization. “This dynamic linkage helps foster creative thinking, the demand for a variety of skillsets, and ultimately deliver innovation at its finest.”

To view the selected nominations, and to learn more about the review panel, visit

About AACSB International

As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,500 member organizations and more than 785 accredited business schools worldwide. With its global headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA; Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. For more information, visit

About University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business has repeatedly been named one of the top business schools in the United States by sources such as U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek and The Princeton Review. Just as importantly, we have been AACSB accredited (an honor earned by only 15% of the world’s business schools) since 1919. The Lindner College of Business offers students a nationally-ranked MBA program as well as eight specialized master’s programs, six of which have been ranked among the Top 10 programs in the United States. Our MBA program was recently ranked #1 in the United States based on our academic quality, job placement success and tuition affordability.