I am humbled and honored to be named dean of the College of Business and Economics. It is a privilege to work with our faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to maintain the momentum in an environment of growing student enrollment.
Our college’s vision is to be a leader in integrated business education through innovative and transformational learning experiences that prepare our students to meet the opportunities and challenges of a globally competitive world. Our cohort-based Integrated Business Curriculum (IBC) has been providing a systems view of organizational problem solving for over a decade, and we will continue to seek ways to keep the curriculum relevant and scalable.
The classrooms in our state-of-the-art J.A. Albertson Building are only the beginning of our students’ educational experience. Students in our programs also enjoy a palette of hands-on learning experiences such the Barker Capital Management and Trading Program, the A.D. and J.E. Davis Student Investment Program, Vandal Solutions, Business Process Management Center, and our university-wide entrepreneurship program, Vandal Innovation and Enterprise Works (VIEW). New this spring 2012 semester is the CareerCenter@CBE, where HR interns serve our CBE students under the tutelage of a Career Service professional and a MHR faculty mentor. Our students have also participated in faculty-led study trips to Italy, China, Macedonia, Japan, and the Philippines to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in international markets.
Our Executive MBA (EMBA) program (delivered face-to-face in Coeur d’Alene) builds upon our experience in integrated management education and features a curriculum around the thematic areas in decision-making and execution, globalization, relationships, sustainability, and leadership. The EMBA program joins our very successful Master of Accountancy program, which was also developed in response to stakeholder demand. The CBE holds AACSB Accreditation and also holds an additional AACSB accounting accreditation for the Department of Accounting (28% of accredited institutions have a separate accounting accreditation).
Finally, it’s been a privilege to reconnect with many of our alums and friends at college events in Portland, Phoenix, Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, New York, and Boise this spring. Your support is critical to all of the success and accomplishments I have outlined above. The Inspiring Futures campaign is going to help us move to a new level of capability and maintain excellence in our focus areas of the integrated curriculum and experiential learning. The only way we can accomplish all of this is through our faculty which is why this campaign has a strong focus on fellowships and rewarding our best and brightest faculty. I am looking forward to seeing you at the Inspiring Futures festivities on campus April 28th.
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