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School of Business Alumni eNewsletter , Spring 2013

Message from the Dean

Dear Business Alumni,

After a few years of hard work, the School of Business successfully achieved its AACSB Accreditation in the spring semester of 2013. Many of you may remember those assessment tests you took in your classes. The accreditation, on one hand, recognizes our past effort and accomplishment. It, on the other hand, requires us to continue improving our programs in the future to maintain the accreditation. Simply put, the school and its program will only get better and better in the future.

Given a competitive environment challenged by a declining trend of high school graduates, our undergraduate enrollment remains strong. In fact, our enrollments increased steadily over the past few years while maintaining a high admission standard.

The spring semester of 2014 marked another milestone of the School. For the first time, we offered two online graduate level courses. Our intention is to reduce the time spent in commuting for part-time students who live and work farther away from the campus. We will continue adding courses to this form of delivery. However, there is no plan to move our MBA program to a full online program. Students will always have the option to take seated courses.

On the curriculum side, we have been emphasizing the importance of experiential learning.   Through internships, the investment competition, business plan contest and various hands-on projects, we strive to engage students deeper in the learning process. I welcome your suggestions and participation to enhance our curriculum.

Last but not least, I wish you a fulfilling year and invite you to share your experiences with our current students.