Assessment of Management


a. Who is the person responsible for program assessment, data gathering and analysis in your discipline?


Dr. Arne Kildegaard, through academic year 2006-2007.


b. What are the stated goals of the discipline?


The management curriculum is designed to ensure that students: i) understand and use a variety of techniques to manage financial, human, and material resources; ii) are able to critically conceptualize business problems and to develop appropriate strategies for problem solving; iii) understand and use a variety of quantitative analysis techniques appropriate for business; iv) develop collaborative skills; v) be competent in written and oral communication; vi) develop competence in computer skills; vii) are prepared for professional careers in business or public service, or for graduate studies; viii) are able to see relationships between management and other liberal arts disciplines .


c. How do you assess whether your discipline is achieving its goals?


The first goal is met by a broad curriculum that requires exposure to various functional areas of the field: accounting, management, finance, and economics (optional: marketing, business law). The second goal is evaluated across the curriculum through case studies and problem sets, and in particular is addressed by the year-long senior seminar experience wherein students collaborate closely with an instructor to define, analyze, present and discuss a contemporary management challenge. Quantitative techniques are taught and evaluated in the required statistics course, the required accounting courses, and several of the required economics courses. Those taking the Financial Management emphasis must also complete a calculus course. Quantitative electives include 3501 and 3502 (management science).


Collaborative work and group exercises are fundamental features of several courses in the management major, including 3151, 3152, 3201, 3221, 3512, 3513, and 3701. It is very common elsewhere in the management curriculum as well. Likewise, written and oral communication are taught across the curriculum, with most classes involving either some combination of a written research project, essay exams, and oral presentation. Students are required to take a course in public speaking. The senior seminar experience provides a forum for structured oral presentation of research.


Computational skills are taught and evaluated in the accounting sequence and  the required statistics class. Management science courses are electives with a substantial computational component. Those choosing the Financial Management emphasis will learn and be evaluated on computational techniques in several upper level finance courses.


Student preparation for graduate school is evaluated through a) maintaining and appropriate curriculum; and b) an intensive mentoring process, whereby students are encouraged to participate in various research and academic enhancement opportunities, including MAPS, UROPS, directed studies, URS projects, funded research, and senior seminars.


Management challenges often have historical, institutional, scientific, cultural and political dimensions. Across our curriculum students are encouraged not to ignore these. Economics courses figure prominently among the required elements of the major, and these tend to be broadly based on methods of social science inquiry, rather than narrowly vocational. Students opting for the International Business emphasis are required to take two years of foreign language. Students opting for the Organizations and Human Resources emphasis are required to take Philosophy 2112: Professional Ethics. Students opting for the Financial Management emphasis must take Math 1101: Calculus. In general terms, by limiting the hours within the major to 40,  the discipline encourages students to explore complementary offerings elsewhere in the liberal arts curriculum.


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