We’re proud to congratulate our client, American College of Education (ACE), on becoming the first and only Certified B Corporation and Benefit Corporate in the state of Indiana. We’ve asked them to share a little more about why they chose to take this step and how it reflects their brand.
By KK Byland, Director, Human Resources and Benefits Officer at American College of Education
American College of Education (ACE) believes that higher education can–and should–be done differently.
In the 11 years since our founding, ACE has conferred more than 13,000 graduate degrees in Education in a way that’s flexible for teachers’ busy schedules and considerate of their budgets. By leveraging the true value of virtual technology, we’re preparing more educators to obtain the training and knowledge they need to strengthen their skills, to stay current in research and application, and to provide better outcomes for the students in their classrooms.
To build on this mission, we’re incredibly proud to become the first and only Certified B Corporation and Benefit Corporation in the state of Indiana. B Corp is a movement to redefine success in business as companies who aren’t just the best in the world, but the best for the world. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, there is a growing community of more than 1,882 certified B Corporations across 130 industries in 50 countries working together toward one unifying goal: to redefine success in business. And this number is growing by the day.
“We became a B Corp because we wanted to make a public commitment to maintain our ideals and our mission,” said Shawntel Landry, Ed.D., provost and interim president of ACE. “We’re dedicated to unapologetically breaking perceived links between cost of tuition and quality of programming, making smart and innovative financial decisions always with our students’ needs–not our bottom line–in mind. We’ve demonstrated this commitment to our students and alumni since our inception in 2005, but we’re making the same commitment to be socially conscious to our employees and local communities as well. It is fundamentally who we are.”
By reincorporating our company as a Benefit Corporation, we’re also making sure that our corporate structure aligns the best interest of business with those of society in order to help businesses be built to last.
We’ve demonstrated this commitment to our students and alumni since our inception, but we’re making the same commitment to be socially conscious to our employees and local communities as well. It is fundamentally who we are. Through its commitment to innovation and fiscal responsibility, ACE is leading the way in shaping higher education that is accessible, affordable, and highly responsive to the needs of working professionals in a modern and frequently shifting global market, because they know the more educators learn, the more their students learn.
To learn more about their programs and mission, visit www.ace.edu.