Strategic Priority 2: Innovate Undergraduate Program
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Strategic Priority 2: Innovate Undergraduate Program

II. Innovate and Differentiate the Undergraduate Core, Function and Industry-­‐specific Skills, and Career Ready Programs to Grow Enrollments and Increase Retention

Many business schools have developed innovative business core models and the Barney School needs to explore the same. Partner feedback also suggests that students will benefit from greater analytic, Excel, oral, and written communication skills. Incorporating external credentials aligned with majors and minors (e.g., Associate in Risk Management, Associate of the Society of Actuaries, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, Chartered Life Underwriter, Project Management Professional, SAS Certification) will give students competitive advantages for internships, full-­‐time positions, and job advancement. Our current source of differentiation, the Career Ready program, must keep our career and professional development programming ahead of our competition (see Partnerships strategic priority I). Across the undergraduate curriculum we must continue to enhance and develop innovative high impact practices that will lead to essential learning outcomes. This priority links to preparing career ready leaders and decision makers who are globally aware and socially responsible components of our mission.

Resources required:
  • Faculty development of new courses and revisions of existing ones.
  • Faculty and staff coordination on advising, course coordination, scheduling, etc.
  • Financial support for credential preparation and exam fees.
  • Faculty training and support for developing and embedding high impact practices, partnership‐based initiatives, and other innovations.
Engagement success metrics:
  • Board of Visitors and other partners’ input.
  • Partners’ engagement in the development and delivery of new innovations.
Innovation success metrics:
  • New and revised high impact practices: numbers of HIPS and students engaged.
  • New and revised mission-­centric programming: number of initiatives and students engaged.
  • New and revised courses: numbers of courses and students engaged.
  • New integrated courses: numbers of courses and students engaged.
  • New credentials: numbers of students taking and passing exams.
Impact success metrics:
  • Increased applications, deposits, and enrollments.
  • Increased selectivity (lower admits/applicants), increased yield (enrolled/admits).
  • Student satisfaction vis­‐à‐vis e.g., course evaluations, EBI benchmarking studies.
  • Student club & organization activities: number of activities and students engaged.
  • Increased retention rates: first year, four year, six year graduation.
  • Placement data: internships, post-­graduate placement.
  • Partner and other employer satisfaction with student preparation.