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R. Colin Nelson
Tampa, FL, USA
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As promised in my last post, here is a preview of the 2016–17 data from the BSQ Employment Module’s MBA CSEA sections. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
For the past three years, AACSB has collaborated with the MBA Career Services Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA) to deliver their annual survey of MBA graduate data in conjunction with the Employment Module of AACSB’s Business School Questionnaire (BSQ). Among the many data points gathered by this survey are data on the starting salaries of MBA graduates by a number of factors, including the industry in which they receive employment, the geographic location of their employment, their level of pre-MBA program work experience, and more. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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I’ve received a number of requests recently for an update to a post I wrote back in January 2013, regarding the trend toward greater numbers of AACSB-accredited schools offering fully online degree programs at various levels. It looks like this trend has only continued in the intervening years. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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By far one of the most popular queries we here at AACSB receive is regarding information about how a degree from an AACSB-accredited school contributes to the career of those who receive it. As we prepare to release the data from the 2015-16 iteration of the AACSB BSQ Employment Module survey, I thought I might treat our readers to a preview of the data that can help to shed light on that question. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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Much has been said (or misstated) about systems of academic tenure in higher education. One of the more popular narratives is that tenure as an established practice is on its way out, for better or for worse. Since AACSB International tracks the numbers of full-time faculty who are tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure-track on the annual Business School Questionnaire (BSQ), I thought it might be instructive to examine trends over time to see if our data bear out the popular narrative. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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Since February is African-American History Month in the U.S., it seems an appropriate time to examine trends in the business schools of those institutions that have been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In terms of business education, HBCUs are collectively responsible for producing 21 percent of all business and management degrees earned by African-American students in the U.S. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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A popular narrative in higher education today involves the rise of part-time and/or adjunct faculty as an increasingly significant proportion of the total faculty composition. The reasons behind, and implications of, such a trend are many and varied, but no one appears to question the fact that it is happening. Anecdotally, many business schools appear to buy into the idea, but what do the data say? Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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As technology becomes more pervasive in higher education, as well as more necessary to business schools’ operations, one might expect to see it become a larger portion of the schools’ overall operating budget. To see if this was indeed the case, I compared the figures for total operating budgets and amounts used for technology purposes for the 114 AACSB members that reported such information in both the 2013-14 and the 2014-15 BSQ Finance Module surveys. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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As promised in my last post, today I discuss the categorization of supporting faculty along the same set of dimensions as I did with the participating faculty. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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Now that the 2013 AACSB Accreditation Standards have been in place for a couple of years, a large majority of AACSB member schools are now comfortable classifying their faculty into the new qualification categories defined in Standard 15 (i.e., Scholarly Academic or SA, Scholarly Practitioners or SP, Instructional Practitioners or IP, and Practice Academics or PA). In fact, of the 770 total schools that participated in the 2014–15 Business School Questionnaire (BSQ), approximately 73 percent were able to report their faculty strength in those terms, broken out by participating versus supporting faculty. In this post, I discuss the categorization of participating faculty along several dimensions. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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As promised in my last post, part II of this series will explore some of the 2014–15 BSQ Finances Module data that have to do with how decision-making is handled by AACSB members across the world, with regard to determining operating budgets and allocating resources. In the BSQ Finances Module survey, we include nine to 12 stakeholder groups (depending on whether the school is independent or attached to a parent university), and ask respondents to indicate their relative levels of involvement in, and/or influence over, the budgeting and allocation processes. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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As we approach the release of the 2014-15 BSQ Finances Module data, the time seemed ripe to explore some of the preliminary data that were reported by our participating schools this year regarding governance structures. In particular, I was interested to see how decision-making is handled for various aspects of business school governance by our AACSB members across the world. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
The BSQ Finances Module, the first in a series of planned modules of the Business School Questionnaire (BSQ), was released this year concurrently with the annual BSQ. By means of this module, AACSB International has gathered robust data on governance models within business schools for the first time. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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In past posts, I have touched on the subject of business school activity in the realm of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which over the short period of time I looked at them previously had begun to grow rapidly. Today, however, there is a sea change in both the quantity and types of institutions offering MOOCs in the business education space, in the types of instructors teaching them, and, especially, in the types of courses being offered. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
A portion of the annual Collaborations Survey is devoted to “Desired Collaborations,” allowing schools to report on partnerships that they do not yet have, but would like to establish. The practical use of desired collaborations data to our membership is obvious. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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In Part II of this series, I discussed various factors relating to the uses of business school operating funds for salary purposes. In this third part, I will talk about the non-salary expenditures by business schools. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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In the annual BSQ Finances Module, we ask participating schools to break down their uses of operating funds by a large number of different categories, in order to understand how they are used by our members. In this second part of my series on the factors relating to the uses of business school operating funds, I will concentrate on the usage types for salary purposes, and I will cover non-salary uses by type in Part III. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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With the greater detail afforded by the new BSQ Finances Module, we can now analyze different ways in which business schools are using their operating budgets. In the first part of this series of posts, I want to explore how school size and relationships with their parent university/institution (if any) interact with the way that operating funds are channeled by AACSB member business schools. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
One of the more frequently asked questions received by AACSB International’s research staff, which we were unable to answer prior to the release of our new BSQ Finances Module, was regarding the degree to which business schools charge tuition at rates different from the standard tuition rate of their parent university. We are now at least in a good position to talk about existing differential tuition rates at AACSB member business schools. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
AACSB International’s new BSQ Finances Module has enabled us to gather unprecedented amounts of data on governance models at business schools across the world. Today I’ll discuss the levels of autonomous control that our respondent schools enjoy over various organizational functions of the business school. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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The BSQ Finances Module was released for the first time this February, concurrently with the main BSQ. The Finances Module is designed to capture more of the data and information our members have been requesting about the financial and governance models used by business schools around the world. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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The breadth of AACSB’s global reach is often a topic of discussion, as is the organization’s penetration in various countries or regions. I recently created a tool on our new website, regularly updated, which hopefully should be of great use for those curious about AACSB’s global reach. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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Another of the most important things we track in AACSB International’s Collaborations Survey is the degree of interest our participating schools indicate in partnering with different countries and regions around the world. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
In AACSB International’s Collaborations Survey, one of the most important things we track is the degree to which our participating schools are involved with partners they name from around the world. Such partners are not always who, or where, we might expect. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at AACSB Data and Research Blog
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While my last post dealt with the rate of growth in institutions involved in MOOCs, in this post I am looking at the involvement of business faculty in this space. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at AACSB Data and Research Blog