SOBA DEAN’S Report October 3, 2016
The School of Business Administration has had a very good start to the Fall 2015 semester. Students declaring a major in SOBA total 639; a 2.9% decrease from Fall 2015 but less than the campus wide enrollment decline of 3.4%. Our specialized degree programs are increasing – Accounting up 4 majors to 103; Economics up 3 majors to 43; and Marketing up 10 majors to 104. This is offset by a 36 student decline in Business Administration majors to 389. However Business Administration remains the largest major on campus.
We are offering 81 classes on campus in our fields of Accounting, Business Administration, Economics and Marketing with a total enrollment of 2,165 students which is 86% of enrollment capacity (97.2% in Economics!). Because iof the change in curriculum from 4-credit courses to 3-credit courses which was initiated in the Fall 2016 semester, this represents an increase in classes of 24.6% and an increase in students of 16.7%.
Included in our courses offered are the first offerings of our new freshman-level course BA 110 Introduction to Business Decision Making. In the past we deiscovered that very few SOBA students actually had contact with SOBA and its faculty members in their freshman year. This hurt retention and it failed to get our students excited about the School of Business Administration early in their college experience. We therefore developed this new course with a unique curriculum for first-semester freshman to take. The course consists of three components – (1) an introduction to the various fields of business is provided by on-line coursework that the students can access at their own time an place; (2) Once a week the students meet with a facilitating faculty member to work on a project introducing them to various types of business decision making; and (3) On Fridays all studnets in all sections come together to hear presentations from SOBA faculty and community business leaders. Recently, Allison Aichele, the La Plat County Treasurer, and Steve Short, former President/CEO of First National Bank of Durango and current member of the Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees, spoke to thes freshmen introducing them to SOBA’s connection with the local business community.
Once again I am proud to announce that over 100 SOBA students achieved the Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester. The Dean’s List, published at the end of the fall and spring semesters, honors students for high scholastic achievement. Students who attain a grade point average of 3.60 or better in no fewer than 15 credit hours of graded college level work and have completed all work for which they are registered by the end of the semester are on the Dean’s List for that semester.
Congratulations to all of the SOBA Students on the Dean's List!
Later this month, we will be presenting our first progress report on SOBA’s updated 2016-2017 Action Plan. Over the summer I reported on our achievements against the 2015-2016 Action Plan. This year we hope to do even better to achieve our measurable outcomes based upon SOBA’s Mission, Philosophy and Strategic Priorities. Our progress will be reported on our web page and on a bulletin board in EBH Hall.
Finally, please access and like “Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration (SOBA)” on Facebook and keep in touch. As of today only 504 people like this page and yet we have over 600 majors and thousands of alumni. Help us get more connected on social media by liking and sharing our page.
Paul McGurr, Ph.D.
Interim Dean- School of Business Administration