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Purdue Northwest business school recognized for innovation

Purdue University Northwest’s College of Business won a "Innovations that Inspire" award.

Purdue University Northwest’s College of Business won a global award for innovation in leadership development for a service learning project that paired college students with industry professionals to teach high school students vital career skills.

The PNW college was among 30 institutions globally to be honored with an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Innovations That Inspire award.

“The biggest risk to business schools is not the rapid pace of change. It is in failing to prepare the next generation of business leaders to cope with that change,” said Thomas Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB. “Through its best-in-class leadership development program, Purdue University Northwest is ensuring that the business leaders of tomorrow will be ready for whatever lies ahead.”

Purdue University Northwest partnered with the Junior Achievement Partnership of Chicago-Northwest Indiana for its COB Experience Program, which requires students to develop public presentation skills and helps them find mentors in the business community.

“The program has already made a substantial impact and shows great promise for the future,” said Jane Mutchler, dean of PNW’s College of Business.

The program also won a first-place award in Innovation in Business Education from the Mid-American Business Deans Association. It was conceived of by Matthew Wells, the director of career management at Purdue Northwest’s College of Business.

“The COB Experience has become a vehicle for greater industry and community engagement with Purdue Northwest, with recruiters from 15 different companies coming to speak,” Wells said. “It also provides a platform for a faculty research project studying the development of global perspectives in emerging business professionals.”

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