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Paul Ventura Gives Keynote at Educators Conference

Paul Ventura gave a keynote presentation on Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in Sustainable Business at the North Central Regional IACBE Business Educators Conference in September 2013.

The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education is the leading outcomes-based professional accrediting organization for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities. Members from eight states — Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado — attended the regional conference. Ventura's presentation was simultaneously webcast live to IACBE members across the United States.

"Marylhurst University is a leader in education about sustainable business," said Scott R. Herriott, Ph.D., conference host and co-chair of the Department of Business Administration at Maharishi University of Management. "Paul Ventura's workshop on assessment will be especially valuable for any professor or department chair who wants to advance their academic programs in sustainable business."

While a variety of instruments exist for assessing and norming student learning in conventional MBA programs, there is no widely-used tool for assessing the special knowledge and competencies acquired by students in programs with a focus on sustainable business practices. Ventura's workshop started a dialogue on what direct learning outcomes can and should be measured, and how that measurement can take place. The presentation featured a case study on the process used in the MBA in Sustainable Business at Marylhurst University.

Paul Ventura is chair of the Department of Sustainable Business at Marylhurst University. He teaches strategic leadership, modeling and decision making, and principles of sustainability in the on-campus and online green MBA programs, and he oversees the capstone project for all sustainable business students.

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