Aspen Undergraduate Consortium

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What kind of new talent do we need in business today? How can we best prepare young citizens to participate in democracy? And how can undergraduate business education best equip students for their roles as both managers and citizens?

These questions are at the heart of the Aspen Undergraduate Consortium which is designed to strengthen undergraduate education in both the liberal arts and business, by focusing on curricular and co-curricular approaches that integrate the two. Our overarching objective is to explore how business education can do what the liberal arts and liberal learning arguably do best – helping students to make sense of the world and their place in it and preparing them to engage responsibly with the life of their times.

The Aspen Undergraduate Consortium was founded in partnership with Anne Colby, Thomas Ehrlich and William M. Sullivan – the authors of Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession (Wiley, 2011). Since 2012, 100+ colleges and universities have participated, and supported this work through their participation fees. We’re also grateful for the support of the Teagle Foundation. For faculty and administrators looking to blend business education and the liberal arts, we’ve compiled a toolkit full of strategies for change in our report: Charting a New Course for Next-Generation Business Leaders.