School of Business Administration - Dean's Report

Thursday, February 02, 2017

SOBA's DEAN Report

Spring Semester 2, 2017

SOBA DEAN’S Report                                                                         February 2, 2017

The School of Business Administration had a busy January and is looking forward to an even busier February.

A major accomplishment in January was the completion of the SOBA Handbook. This document formalizes the policies and procedures being followed by SOBA above and beyond the Fort Lewis College policies found in the Policy Library and the FLC Faculty Handbook. View the SOBA Handbook. The handbook has three components:

  •  SOBA Handbook – with sections on Strategic Plans and Planning, Organization and Faculty Management
  •  Addendum A – AACSB Specific Information
  •  Addendum B – Curriculum and Assessment

The production of the handbook is a major achievement of SOBA requiring hundreds of hours of individual faculty and group work to ensure that there was consensus on our policies and procedures. It truly has been authored by the entire SOBA faculty.

The spring 2017 semester began in January and SOBA is pleased that we are offering 83 classes, reaching 2,085 students (with many students taking multiple SOBA classes, of course) for a total of 6,255 credits. Despite a decline in overall FLC enrollment and in the number of SOBA majors this is still a 5% increase in credits taken over the SOBA offerings in the same semester five years ago. Business courses are still in demand in the FLC student population.

And speaking of the SOBA majors, 78 Accounting, Business Administration, Economics and Marketing majors made the Fall 2016 Dean’s List which honors students who attain a grade point average of 3.60 or better in no fewer than 15 credit hours. View the Fall SOBA Dean’s List. Be sure to congratulate these stellar students.

Also in January, the 2nd Annual Fort Lewis College Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition officially opened with a reception on Thursday, January 12 at the Durango Welcome Center. Once again the competition will be coordinated by Dr Michael Valdez while the combination SOBA Banquet and Hawk Tank awards ceremony will be held on Saturday April 15, 2017 organized by Dr Lorraine Taylor’s Events Management class students. This year’s competition has already grown from last year’s initial event with the continuing major sponsorship of 1st National Bank of Durango and the addition of new sponsors including Swan Global Investments.

On February 9-10 a team from AACSB, SOBA’s accrediting body, will be on campus to review SOBA’s progress on issues discussed during their 2016 visit. All the SOBA faculty and staff have worked hard to improve our operations based on the AACSB standards while continuing to provide our quality education. This is shown most visibly by the SOBA Handbook mentioned above. During the weeks of February 13-17 and 20-24, Fort Lewis College will be hosting the three finalist candidates for the position of Dean of SOBA and another three candidates for the position of the Dean of Arts and Sciences. These visits are the culmination a months-long process with the goal of hiring new, dynamic deans who will lead the schools into the future.

Lastly, a team of SOBA students will be heading to CU Boulder in mid-February to participate in the 2017 Diversity and Business Ethics Case Competition. As you may recall, teams from Fort Lewis College came in 1st and 2nd place in the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Business Ethics Case Competition at UCCS in fall 2016. Based upon that success, SOBA is supporting another first-time involvement in an ethics case competition. And since this is a diversity- focused completion, our team is diverse in gender, ethnicity, major and class level.

  • Connor Cafferty, Captain, Male, White, Business Administration, Senior
  • Joshua Emerson, Male, Native American, Economics, Sophomore
  • Natalia Sells, Female, Native American, Business Administration, Junior
  • Ali Stapleton, Female, Hispanic, Political Science, Sophomore
  • Michael White, Male, Hispanic/Native American, Accounting, Freshman

Best of luck to the team!

The candidates for the SOBA Dean position coming to campus reminds me that my days serving as interim Dean will be coming to a close on June 30, 2017. In the remaining months I will continue to work hard for SOBA and coordinate with the new Dean, whoever she or he may be, to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.

Paul McGurr

Interim Dean, School of Business Administration

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