ACBSP Conference 2017: Anaheim Awaits

Business schools must demonstrate ways in which they are evolving to meet the needs of students and preparing them for a competitive global economy. How can we, as business educators, transform our classrooms to meet the ever-changing marketplace and provide the greatest educational value for our students?

The answer can be found at ACBSP Conference 2017, being held June 24-27 in Anaheim Calif., where the main focus will be Preparing Students for Career Success.  Come and learn best practices and choose from the more than 70 presentations in three different tracks: Accreditation, Teaching Excellence, Preparing Students for Career Success. By attending this conference, you are bound to walk away with innovative ideas to take back to your institution.

Travel and Lodging

The conference will be held at the Anaheim Marriott, which is blocks away from Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park — so you can make your conference experience even more magical. Previously, we stated that the group rate of $199/night was available from June 20-29. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case and the room block is filling up fast! We advise attendees to secure your hotel as soon as possible, even if this means staying at a neighboring hotel. Anaheim is famous for being a convention city and there are other conferences/conventions taking place parallel to ours. If you have not made your reservations, we highly recommend you do so now. Please check the travel page for more details on lodging, transportation, visa information, and what to expect in Anaheim.

Please note: We are on a different schedule this year. The conference runs Saturday-Tuesday. Please plan accordingly.

Pre-Conference Opportunities

We have a record number of pre-conference opportunities this year. Choose one from the following: Standards and Criteria Interactive Workshop, Evaluator Training, Best Practices in Assessing Student Learning Outcomes, or Introduction to Strategic Planning and Leading Accreditation. Remember, you must be registered for the conference to add a pre-conference option.


We have a great program in store for you this year:

Saturday, June 24 –
There are unprecedented challenges facing accreditation. Dr. Judith Eaton, President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), will be addressing what space accreditation might occupy going forward during Saturday’s Opening Luncheon.

Later in the evening, a New & Aspiring Deans Networking Dinner is available with a separate registration. New this year is the Professional Field of Study Reception, which will be held right before the Welcome Reception.

Sunday, June 25 –
During the Impact Luncheon, we will be honoring the recipient of the Education Impact Award. The funds collected from our #ACBSP4Change campaign will be presented to the Anaheim Union High School District during this luncheon as well. If you haven’t done so
already, there’s still time to make a donation.

Join us for an even more magical experience…ACBSP Excursions: Disneyland at Night! Plan to meet in the hotel lobby at 6 p.m. to take a shuttle to Disneyland Park®. Then you’re on your own to explore all that this magical kingdom has to offer. This is an optional event and tickets are available for $85/person.

Monday, June 26–
It’s time to celebrate and recognize our Teaching Excellence Award and Best of Regions Award recipients at the Salute to Regions Luncheon. In the evening, join us for the Accreditation Gala to celebrate all of our institutions that have successfully completed the journey to ACBSP accreditation or reaffirmation of accreditation.

Tuesday, June 27 –
Join us for the closing session and light breakfast as we look ahead to ACBSP Conference 2018 in Kansas City, MO, where we’ll celebrate our 30th anniversary.


Visit the conference website for information on rates, refund and cancellation policies, and more.

Track the hashtag #ACBSP2017 on Twitter to receive the latest updates about the conference. We hope you’ll be tweeting along with us during the conference!