SHRM, AACSB Partner to Encourage Colleges and Universities to Include HR in Business Schools

For Immediate Release

Jun 7, 2006
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(Alexandria, Va., June 7, 2006) The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and AACSB International today announced the formation of a global alliance based on the shared belief that students pursuing a human resources career path are best served when they attend class within the context of a collegiate business school.

The two organizations, global leaders in their respective fields, will combine efforts to help raise the profile of the study of human resources as an essential strategy in building strong, competitive organizations. SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management, representing more than 200,000 members in more than 100 countries. AACSB International is the premier global accrediting association for business schools, with 526 schools accredited in 30 nations.

"HR is a significant part of overall business success, yet it is sometimes overlooked by business schools in their curriculums," said Susan R. Meisinger, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. "Aspiring HR professionals must have a strong background in business to be effective. We are pleased that AACSB is partnering with us to encourage colleges and universities that have HR programs to house them in their business schools."

To ensure that relevant and beneficial HR courses are available to business students, the alliance hopes to encourage business schools to utilize curriculum guidelines and templates prepared by SHRM to support quality and consistency in HR education.

"The ability to manage human resources is not only an important business skill, but an essential tool for staying competitive," said John J. Fernandes, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. "Because managing talent has become so important in today's modern business environment, there is no doubt that human resources is most effectively taught as part of the full business school curriculum."

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