Institutes and Centers



Accounting Advancement Center

The purpose of the Accounting Advancement Center (AAC) is to provide an important complementary component to students’ curricular education in the accounting field.  The AAC is designed to enhance students’ educational experience and career prospects by developing a vital partnership between SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business (LCB) and accounting firms in the Bay Area. 

Bay Area Retail Leadership Center

In the greater San Jose metropolitan area, the retailing industry operates in the shadow of the high tech industry. Nonetheless, the balance of power in channels of distribution has shifted away from consumer goods manufacturers to retailers. Today, the largest company in the world is a retailer. Retail management has become highly data-driven and technology-reliant. Professionalism in the industry has substantially escalated and high-leverage, high-paying career opportunities abound. BARC is designed to apprise students of these opportunities, to provide abundant experiences that complement classroom learning, and, finally, to enhance students' chances of securing challenging and rewarding internships and careers in retailing.

Center for Organizational Resilience

Re•sil•ience (noun /rəˈzilyəns/) - the ability to withstand and recover from deliberate attacks, accidents, or naturally occurring threats or incidents” (Presidential Policy Directive 21, 2013).

In a world of accelerating change, resilience is recognized as ever more crucial to survival, not just for individuals but for organizations as well. The mission of the Center for Organizational Resilience (COR) at San Jose State University is to serve as Silicon Valley’s Center of Excellence for theory and practice in the emerging field of Resilience Management. COR supports a network of subject matter experts coalescing to provide resilience thought leadership and research and to disseminate leading practices to academia and the public and private sectors through training, seminars and a variety of digital channels.

Global Leadership Advancement Center

The Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC) was founded in 2008. Its mission is to advance the field of global leadership and disseminate best practices to help organizations, management professionals and SJSU students function more effectively in global work settings.

Mineta Transportation Institute

The Mineta Transportation Institute, located on the San Jose State University campus, was established by Congress as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). MTI focuses on international surface transportation policy issues as related to three primary responsibilities: research, education, and technology transfer. MTI receives policy oversight from an internationally respected board of trustees who represent all of the major transportation modes.

Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship

The Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship promotes effective entrepreneurship through knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination, collaborative partnerships and outreach activities.

Silicon Valley Center for Operations & Technology Management

The Silicon Valley Center for Operations & Technology Management (SVCOTM) is a bridge between academic capacities of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business and industrial resources within the Bay Area and around the world. Our students will be able to obtain more industrial opportunities and enhance their career prospects in the fields of operations, supply chain, and technology managements. The SVCOTM is dedicated to better inspire and develop our students and serve the educational goal of the San Jose State University. By partnering with business firms and industrial practitioners, the Center will offer more industrial experiences to our students and faculty members, catalyst a higher level of operational and technological performance for partnering companies, and enhance the impact and visibility of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. The Center will be a knowledge portal for sharing academic and industrial information related to operations, supply chain, and technology management among students, faculty members and industry partners.

The Center for Banking and Financial Services

Founded in 2008, the purpose of the Center for Banking and Financial Services (CBFS) is to build a vital partnership between San José State University's Lucas College and Graduate School of Business and local financial institutions. In particular, the focus of the center's efforts is to create a link between talented SJSU students and the banking and financial services industry. This is especially important as there may be a discrepancy between the career opportunities in the financial sector and students' understanding of those opportunities. As a result, the partnerships built by the center benefit SJSU, its students and the companies represented on the CBFS Executive Board.

The High Technology Tax Institute

Since 1984, the Tax Executives Institute (TEI) and San Jose State University have sponsored the High Technology Tax Institute in Silicon Valley. The Institute's focus on relevant tax issues for computer companies, as well as pharmaceutical, biotech, communications, and aerospace industries makes it an invaluable, educational tax experience for accountants, attorneys, and corporate representatives who service high technology companies.

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