The Award was presented during an exclusive event hosted by WRDS. Deans from 200+ peer institutions engaged with the innovative creators of new technology redefining higher education.
(BusinessWire) — Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) and SSRN are pleased to announce Prairie View A&M University as the 2023 WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award winner for the North America region. The WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award series elevates the visibility of impact-focused research and the institutions that conduct it. Each year, awards are presented to rising business schools to highlight their innovation and research excellence.
Dr. Munir Quddus, Dean of the College of Business at Prairie View A&M University, was presented the award during an exclusive event hosted by WRDS. Throughout this event, Deans from 200+ peer institutions across 40+ countries engaged with the innovative creators of new technology redefining higher education.
‘’I am thrilled that the College of Business at Prairie View A&M University has been selected to receive this prestigious award,” said Dr. Munir Quddus, Dean, College of Business. “Over the years, we have had a number of professors in accounting, finance and related areas who have used WRDS and large data banks such as Compustat to support their research. Given the additional emphasis by AACSB International on publishing in “high quality” journals, and the rapid increase in the availability and use of “big data” and analytical tools, the need for platforms like WRDS which democratize and facilitates access to complex data has increased dramatically in recent years. In the PVAMU College of business, faculty have used these platforms for their research in diverse disciplines such as accounting, finance, economics, banking, insurance, marketing and statistics. As a result, we have been increasingly sharing our pre-publication research on SSRN with other scholars. In fact, over the past few years we have gradually risen in SSRN’s “Top 500 Business Schools” rankings to 64 in recent weeks.”
“Supporting and advancing research is at the heart of what we do at WRDS,” said Bob Zarazowski, Managing Director, WRDS. “It is wonderful to be able to honor Prairie View A&M University for its commitment to growth and innovation in academic research.” As a part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS provides global institutions with targeted solutions that underpin research, reinforce learning, and enable discovery. As the world becomes more connected and the impact of policy reaches across borders, equity and access become more essential to research. WRDS is proud to play a leading role in reshaping how research, data access and researcher recognition can better reflect and support a truly global and networked community.
“Congratulations to Dr. Munir Quddus, Dean of the College of Business and all of the researchers at Prairie View A&M University,” said Gregg Gordon. “SSRN is excited to continue to partner with WRDS and provide greater visibility to business schools doing important research, like Prairie View A&M University, through this innovation award and the WRDS Research Paper Series on SSRN.”
Together, WRDS and SSRN are advancing impact-focused research, changing policy and practice at regulatory, national, and global levels.
For 25+ years, Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) has supported users with targeted solutions that underpin research, reinforce learning, and enable discovery. WRDS advances comprehensive thought leadership for 500+ institutions across 38+ countries—democratizing data access and giving users the power to analyze complex information through curated Classroom Teaching guides, Video Learning Pathways, Analytics/Linking tools, and Research Applications. WRDS resources map to Accreditation Standards, impacting an institution’s trajectory from learning and discovery to research and publication. WRDS is proud to play a leading role in reshaping how research, data access and researcher recognition can better reflect and support a truly global and networked community. www.whartonwrds.com
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