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Poole College Recognized by AACSB’s Innovations That Inspire Program, Diversity Theme

NC State Poole College of Management was recognized for creating the professional development program for faculty in staff as part of the Innovations That Inspire program––diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) theme––by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, also known as AACSB International.

Using in-house expertise to enhance Poole College’s culture of constant improvement and belonging, the Poole Pack Professional Development Series builds competencies through training focused on awareness, knowledge, skill-building and application. 

“Our goal with the Poole Pack Development Series is to provide relevant programs that allow our faculty and staff to grow and develop to ensure they can efficiently and effectively do their jobs,” said Frank Buckless, Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. Dean of Poole College.

The series and supported reading groups allow faculty and staff to share ideas and ask questions in an open and safe environment that allows for individual and group growth. Having these honest conversations helps people feel valued and enables us to provide some new tools for their “toolbox” and help them develop professionally.  

The program expanded in 2021 and now offers a certificate, which requires attendance at nine training sessions and participation in one reading group. 

See Poole College’s profile on the AACSB’s website.

About the Innovations That Inspire Program

AACSB’s Innovations That Inspire member spotlight program shines a spotlight on the variety of ways that business education is leading and innovating to create positive societal impact. Highlights of the 2022 Innovations That Inspire initiative feature efforts to elevate DEIB. Emphasis on DEIB is a key feature of AACSB’s 2020 business accreditation standards and the focus of a recently released positioning paper. The paper illustrates AACSB’s commitment to equitable access to high-quality business education globally and calls on the business education community to embed the tenets of DEIB into its strategies and cultures.  


AACSB International (AACSB), a global nonprofit association, 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 learning and development services to over 1,700 member organizations and more than 900 accredited business schools worldwide. AACSB’s accreditation processes are ISO 9001:2015 certified. When educational, professional, and business organizations become members of the AACSB Business Education Alliance, they are part of a movement united to improve the quality of business education around the world. The global organization has offices located in Tampa, Florida, USA; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Singapore.