Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center

Warrington recognized by AACSB International for leading the way in entrepreneurial education

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — AACSB International (AACSB), the world’s largest global education network, recognized the Warrington College of Business for its commitment to creating and incubating cutting-edge business innovations and fostering entrepreneurship in the next generation of business leaders.

Warrington 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.

“The Warrington College of Business is being recognized this year in AACSB’s Entrepreneurial Spotlight Challenge for its commitment to fostering in its students the creativity, problem solving, and innovative mindset required of future business leaders,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “Core to AACSB’s mission is ensuring that the future of business education is built on innovative and cutting-edge thinking, exemplified by Warrington, which we are proud to showcase.”

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.

Warrington was recognized for its submission focused on the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center which has a campus-wide mission to teach, coach and inspire students to be entrepreneurial in their lives and pursue opportunities and innovations in the startup, social and corporate arenas.

“We are pleased and honored to be recognized among our top peers with this designation,” said Jamie Kraft, the Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center. “Providing empowering and transformational opportunities for all of our entrepreneurial-minded students is what drives our tremendous team every day, and I believe this recognition is representative of all the hard work put in to delivering outstanding educational, extracurricular and outreach programming.”

To view the selected nominations, and to learn more about the review panel, visit http://www.aacsb.edu/esc

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 aacsb.edu.

About the Warrington College of Business

The Warrington College of Business is one of the world’s top-rated public business programs, recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, and Fortune. As part of a Research 1 institution, Warrington is dedicated to a substantial research agenda, in addition to its teaching mission, from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. Warrington educates future business leaders using teamwork that provides opportunities for development of leadership, interpersonal and total management skills; promoting mastery of business functional areas; and fostering the habits and attitudes that constitute a solid research and work ethic.