School of Business and Public Administration
AACSB Redesigning Undergraduate
Dean Malva Reid and Professor William White attended the Redesigning Undergraduate Curriculum Conference held in Tampa FL from May 19-20, 2014. The conference was sponsored by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The overriding theme of the conference was the need to adjust and/or change the undergraduate curriculum based on employer’s needs, student demand, changes in technology and assessment information.
There were three changes that received the most attention:
- Written communication skills
- Big data
- Quantitative skills
It was emphasized in several workshops that all business students need to be proficient in Excel upon graduation. To achieve this, Excel must be used in all courses, especially in all quantitative and accounting courses to the maximum the exposure and practice the student obtain. The students must be familiar with all of its data functions and how it is applied to data. An example was given that a student went on a job interview and at the end was given some date and asked to develop an Excel data point sheet. Her response was, “What is that?” Needless to say, she did not get the job.
Another area stressed was the requirement for quantitative skill. Students must understand what the information means and how to present it. They do not all need to know how to sort and find the big data, but they must be able to interpret the results.
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