Student business consultants recognized for innovation

MAP students discuss business planning with their team mentor and clients.

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A student service at Washington State University Vancouver that assists local small businesses won international recognition today for motivating change in business education.

MAP mentor Mike Pawlowski and student Ellina Chepelyuk.

The business growth mentor & analysis program (MAP) is one of 35 programs selected from 315 submissions from 33 countries by AACSB International ( in its second annual Innovations That Inspire initiative. AACSB is a global business school accrediting association.

“We are honored to be recognized for the impact MAP has on our small business community, the professional development of our students and our community,” said Jane Cote, academic director for the WSU Vancouver Carson College of Business. “Students are graduating with more confidence that they can tackle business challenges, they have more refined professional communication skills and they have pride in the contribution they made to advance their small business clients.”

“The Carson College of Business at WSU Vancouver contributes significantly to economic development and the overall prosperity of the region,” said Chip Hunter, Carson College dean. “The business growth MAP program is a ‘win-win’ opportunity for students and organizations throughout southwest Washington.”

MAP focuses on pro-bono, student-conducted analysis and consultation to promote small business success while giving students a chance to solve real business issues. Student teams work with organizations from all industries to make recommendations for change to drive business growth. Learn more at

Unveiled in 2016, the AACSB initiative underscores the important role that innovation plays in achieving an industrywide vision for business education.

“We are honored to highlight Washington State University Vancouver Carson College of Business innovation as a pioneer in the business education landscape and use them as an example for how AACSB’s schools are facilitators for innovation and leadership,” said Tom R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB international. For a detailed overview of the featured innovations, visit


News media contacts:
Mistie Josephson, WSU Vancouver Carson College of Business, 360-546-9533,
Jane Cote, WSU Vancouver Carson College of Business, 360-546-9756,
Sue McMurray, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-335-7578,