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Accreditation is a huge deal. Champlain's Stiller School of Business (SSB) has long upheld its dedication to providing the most innovative and comprehensive business education possible for our students, so naturally, we're shouting the news of our accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) from the rooftops.
After reviewing a yearlong self-study and conducting a thorough on-campus audit, the ACBSP recognized the SSB for its engaged and thoughtful effort to provide a student-centered, premium business education that equips our students for tomorrow's opportunities and challenges in the global marketplace.
A business education this exceptional can only be achieved through a commitment to a continuous evaluation of the experience and education we provide our students. We are extremely proud to be recognized by the ACBSP for this work, which reaffirms our philosophy, practices and programs.
The Stiller School approach to business education is different. Starting the weekend of their Orientation, we begin to provide SSB students a comprehensive foundation of all traditional business disciplines that also emphasizes concepts such as corporate social responsibility, innovation and positive organization development through applied learning.
From day one, SSB students gain practical experience working face-to-face with live clients and participate in meaningful community-based projects that build their professional network while developing their sense of civic awareness and emotional intelligence. Our students are encouraged to develop their personal and professional values and strengths, integrity, expertise and entrepreneurial mindset, so they can create positive change in their lives, workplaces, communities and the world.
The Stiller School intentionally sought and incorporated employer input to create a well-rounded business curriculum that not only focuses our students' learning within their major field of study, but also provides a four-year cross-business experience with the exact characteristics and expertise they seek in job candidates.
Stiller School students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to know for the jobs they want, and they get them. In fact, our most recent career data indicates that 94% of Stiller School of Business graduates achieved career success within six months of graduation.
Only at the Stiller School, can students learn alongside our world-class practitioners of Appreciative Inquiry as they work with organizational clients from around the globe in the Stiller School's Center of Excellence, the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry (AI Center).
The AI Center is the only academic-based center in the world that focuses directly on appreciative inquiry and its strengths-based framework for positive organization development, management and personal growth. Their mission is to educate students, practitioners and leaders to be the best in the world at seeing the best in themselves and their organizations.
"What I like most about working for the Center is that I get to witness business being used as a force of good in the world firsthand. It's amazing to experience."
— Madison Kopeck,'19 // International Business major // AI Center Marketing and Communications Intern
The Stiller School's unique Build Your Own Business program (BYOBiz®) allows Champlain student entrepreneurs assistance with building an existing business or idea they have for a business. BYOBiz exists to help students explore entrepreneurship hands-on and provides opportunities for them to gain valuable life skills and build self confidence through its Elevator Pitch and LaunchVT competitions, in which students pitch their ideas for a business as succinctly and convincingly as possible.
"Champlain does this event called the Elevator Pitch. I got to pitch them my idea for a non-profit. Practice like that helped with my speaking skills."
— Bekemeh Airewele, '19 // Marketing major
Our faculty's combination of extensive professional experience and academic expertise provides SSB students with the distinct advantage of learning the industry's current best practices, techniques and technology by reconciling theory with applied best practices. They're innovators and leaders in their fields and passionate mentors and advocates for their students.
Stiller School faculty focus on building strong relationships with their students and providing them personal attention and mentorship throughout their time at Champlain. They approach teaching with an appreciative and student-centered mindset that focuses on helping students learn to recognize their individual strengths and passions, thus empowering them to learn and grow personally and professionally in an environment that is simultaneously challenging and meaningful, applicable and rewarding.
As a result, SSB students thrive and graduate well-equipped with the skills and sensibilities they need to build the specific career futures they seek.
"The professors here are very available and willing to answer any questions that you have. Since classes are so small, your professors actually know your name and things about you, and this makes it a lot easier to talk with them and less intimidating overall."
— Kathryn Markert, '19 // Management & Innovation
In our competitive world, it takes more than a specific business skillset to succeed. That's why each major in the Stiller School features opportunities to experience hands-on internships, marketplace projects, simulations and case studies. SSB students are able to work in local businesses (many with international scope) and global professional settings, including study abroad at our two campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland, as well as many other locations around the world.
Since 2013, the Stiller School has received a prestigious grant from the Freeman Foundation, which has allowed over 100 students to travel to Shanghai, China, and neighboring countries in Asia, to complete professional summer internships at minimal out-of-pocket costs, with some students continuing on for a semester of study.
The global perspective SSB students gain from exposure to business within the international marketplace provides invaluable professional experience and learning opportunity which they may not have otherwise encountered.
"The Freeman Foundation grant provided me and 25 fellow students with a great opportunity to spend two months interning at Chinese companies while experiencing authentic Chinese culture. My internship experience provided me with a cumulative opportunity to integrate all I have learned at Champlain College and apply it in a practical setting."
— Zhomart Dairov, '18 // Business Administration and Finance major
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) focuses on teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes and a continuous improvement model.
ACBSP's student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business programs will give students the business education and skills employers report are needed to be successful.
"We were very impressed with the Stiller School of Business and Champlain College. They have set a high bar, and we are hopeful this accreditation will help them maintain and advance their great work."
— ACBSP Commissioner Team