Introduction

 

In order to ensure student learning at the School of Business, a system to assess learning is in place. This system will allow the school to ensure that students have graduated with appropriate competencies in their field of study. Additionally, this system will ensure that the Business School is in compliance with the standards of the premier business school accrediting body, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The AACSB Standard: Bachelor’s or undergraduate level degree: Knowledge and skills. Adapting expectations to the School’s mission and cultural circumstances, the School specifies learning goals and demonstrates achievement of learning goals for key general, management specific, and/or appropriate discipline-specific knowledge and skills that its students achieve in each undergraduate degree program.

The NEASC Standard: The institution implements and provides support for systematic and broad-based assessment of what and how students are learning through their academic program and experiences outside the classroom.  Assessment is based on clear statements of what students are expected to gain, achieve, demonstrate, or know by the time they complete their academic program.  Assessment provides useful information that helps the institution to improve the experiences provided for students, as well as to assure that the level of student achievement is appropriate for the degree awarded.


Overview of the Assurance Plan

Currently, the School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with five different majors: Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Management Information Systems. Six measurable strategic goals have been identified for the BSBA degree program.   In addition to learning goals for the BSBA, learning goals for the five majors have been set by the respective faculty members. A variety of measurement tools are used to measure assurance of learning at the program level (BSBA) as well as at the major (discipline specific) level. Among the tools of measurement currently employed are:

  • Course-embedded Outcomes Assessment (CEOA), used in various courses to measure learning goals of a course and map the learning goals of a major, often overlapping with the learning goals of the degree program.
  • An Educational Benchmarking Inc. (EBI) Exit Survey of the graduating class, administered every year to graduating seniors.
  • An EBI Alumni Survey administered every three years.
  • An Employer Survey will be administered every three years.

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