July 5, 2016
In my summer 3 Dean’s report last year I introduced the revised School of Business Administration Strategic Priorities and indicated that a 2015-2016 Action Plan would be put into place. With the close of the 2015-2016 academic year it is time to review SOBA’s progress against the Action Plan items. The items in bold represent specific strategic priorities which are being measured by action plan items.
Personal Learning – Maintain a faculty staffing level that offers classes in small, more personal settings
- The average number of students in a traditionally-taught SOBA course will be fewer than 30.
- Average class size Fall 2015 – 28.5 / Spring 2016 – 29.5. Target met.
- A minimum of 90% of SOBA class sections will be taught by permanent SOBA faculty members.
- Fall 2015 – 88.70% / Spring 2016 – 82.25%. Target not met. Faculty leaving mid-year due to medical concerns and faculty sabbatical caused goals to be not met.
Personal Learning – Offer teaching improvement training opportunities to permanent and part-time faculty to ensure continued teaching quality
- Faculty members will attend at least 30 formal teacher training events.
- Faculty attended total of 20 teacher training events. Target not met. Campus-wide Center for Teaching and Learning not yet implemented. Events were limited.
- All SOBA faculty members, full or part time, will attend at least one teacher training event
- 75% of faculty members attended at least one teacher training event. Target not met. Campus-wide Center for Teaching and Learning not yet implemented. Events were limited. SOBA is developing a teacher training event for all adjunct faculty to be offered in August 2016.
Impactful, diverse learning experiences - Provide a diverse curriculum which includes experiential and applied learning activities
- A minimum of 25% of SOBA courses will have an experiential or applied learning activity
- Over 50% of SOBA courses had such an activity. Target met.
Impactful, diverse learning experiences – Offer opportunities for international learning experiences which integrate with student success initiatives
- SOBA will develop policies and procedures for JTAs and faculty-led study abroad trips
- International studies policies and procedures developed and approved by faculty for all trips beginning in Summer 2017. Target met.
- SOBA JTAs and faculty-led study abroad trips will be planned as to location, dates, faculty leaders, and specific courses to be taught for the years 2016-2019
- JTAs and faculty-led study abroad trips have been planned through 2017. Target not met. Requests for future JTAs and FLSAs proposals have been made with faculty members.
Impactful, diverse learning experiences – Offer community-based learning experiences at all level of coursework
- A minimum of 25% of SOBA courses will have a community-based learning activity
- 60% of all SOBA courses included interaction with the local community. Target met.
- At least one SOBA course at every class level will include a community-based learning activity
- This was met in 2015-2016 and the new 100-level course for 2016-2017 will also have a community-based learning activity. Target met.
Quality and Innovation – Focus on continuous improvement as outlined in AACSB standards
- A continuous Improvement Report will be completed in December 2015.
- CIR report was completed on time and CIR peer review visit was held in February-March 2016. Target met.
Quality and Innovation – Maintain rigorous and thoughtful assessment processes
- SOBA will complete 100% of its scheduled assessment activities for the year 2015-2016
- The 2015-2016 assessment activities were all completed as planned. Target met.
- A content map, an assessment map and a detailed assessment plan for the revised 2016-2017 curriculum will be developed
- As part of the CIR2 work being performed in the summer of 2016, and in anticipation of the degree program academic program reviews, this work is currently being completed. Target not met. This work has an expected completion date of Fall 2016
Quality and Innovation – Encourage curriculum innovation, both in connection with new areas of business education and new pedagogical approaches to current courses
- SOBA faculty will develop at least two new courses related to modern business practices for offering in 2016-2017
- The new freshman course BA 110 – Introduction to Business Decision Making as well as the four discipline-specific senior level courses focusing on ethics have been designed and will be offered for the first time in 2016-2017. Target met.
- SOBA faculty will revise the pedagogical approach moving to a hybrid approach for at least two courses for offering in 2016-2017.
- All ten courses being offered in the planned JTAs for 2016-2017 are being revised to include a hybrid pedagogical approach. Target met.
Engaged Teacher-Scholars – Support faculty endeavors resulting in conference presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles
- A minimum of 25% of tenured/tenure track faculty will have a peer-reviewed journal article published in academic year 2015-2016
- 22% of faculty published in peer-review journals in 2015-2016. Target not met. This is only slightly below our goal.
- A minimum of 40% of tenured/tenure track faculty will present a peer-reviewed paper at a region/national or international academic conference in academic year 2015-2016
- 39% of faculty presented a paper at an academic conference in 2015-2016. Target not met. This is only slightly below our goal.
Engaged Teacher-Scholars – Encourage and support faculty engagement with our external stakeholders
- 100% of tenured/tenure-track faculty will have some engagement with our external stakeholders
- 89% of faculty reported engagement activity with our external stakeholders during the academic year 2015-2016. Target not met. This may be more of a problem in obtaining complete reporting than in actual activity.
Impact – Identify tools to measure student and faculty impact in accord with AACSB expectations
- Develop an “Impact Matrix” for SOBA faculty, student and staff activities which aligns with our mission and philosophies
- A faculty member attended the AACSB Impact Forum to become knowledgeable in AACSB expectations. As part of the CIR2 work being performed in the summer of 2016 this work is currently being completed. Target not met. This work has an expected completion date of Fall 2016
Impact – Support faculty, student and staff activities that make a positive difference in our local, state and educational communities
- In 2015-2016 SOBA will meet 75% of the impact goals set in R. above
- Although SOBA faculty, student and staff have been active in activities with impact, this cannot yet be measured as the impact matrix is not yet developed. Target not met. Once the impact matrix is completed record-keeping of impact will be performed.
As can be seen from the above, the School of Business Administration did very well related to the specific action items related to our strategic priorities. Those areas in which the action plans were not completed are currently being worked this summer in preparation for our Continuous Improvement Review Report 2 (CIR2) requested by the AACSB peer review team to show that SOBA is continuing in our efforts towards improvement. Additionally, many activities are in process to clarify the organization and operation of the School of Business Administration in anticipation of the hiring of a new dean in 2017.
Part of the work related to the CIR2 report is to review the Strategic Priorities and to then develop a new action plan for the academic year 2016-2017. These will be shared upon the finalization in Fall 2016.
Enjoy the remainder of the summer.
Interim Dean, School of Business Administration