The College of Business provides quality business education, delivered by research engaged faculty in partnership with the business community, to prepare students for professional careers and enhance regional economic development.
- Provide students with core business competency, discipline based knowledge, demonstrable, practical skills to enable/improve their professional careers.
- Involve students in experiential and application based learning through partnerships with the business community and external constituents.
- Support students’ professional development opportunities through investment in Career and Student Services and engagement with external partners.
- Engage in applied, teaching and learning, and discovery scholarship.
- Participate in and provide expertise to the external community and business profession.
- Continuously improve through assurance of learning and response to the educational needs of our region.
- Advance professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.
- Respect for our diverse students, colleagues, and communities
- Integrity in our professional conduct
- Commitment to continuous improvement
- Accountability for our actions and results
The College of Business serves as a catalyst to advance education and economic development in the state of Arkansas.
- The Department of Management is a major player in the newly implemented UALR Online offering 2 of the 10 undergraduate degrees, Management and Human Resource Management.
- An interdisciplinary Conflict Management graduate certificate was developed and approved. For Fall 2016, enrollment was 7.
- The Human Resource/Organizational Psychology graduate certificate has grown to over 15 enrolled.
- The face-to-face and online Management and Human Resource Management degree options continue to maintain strong demand.
- 9 articles were published in academic journals.
- 15 presentations were given at academic conferences.
- 12 presentations were conducted for community groups.
- The management faculty reviewed 12 academic journal articles.
- Over 23 faculty development events were attended.
- Otmar Varela received the college level Faculty Excellence Teaching Award.
- Joe Felan serves on the State Board of Directors for Jr. Achievement of Arkansas.
- Karen Leonard spoke at an HRMA monthly meeting.
- Joe Bell provided mentorship to local entrepreneurs.
- Human Resource and Management faculty provided professional assistance for the fall and spring Central Arkansas Human Resource Association Job Fairs.
- Five faculty were involved in business consulting with the eight organizations including three non-profits.
- The following were recognized as Outstanding Students:
- Brandi Stricklin (Human Resource Management)
- Autumn Clark (Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
- Sara Udron (Management)
- Four students completed co-ops/internships in management
- Eight students provided support at the Arkansas Human Resource Management conference.
- Brittany Wright and Josh Rucker placed 1st in the Arkansas Society of Human Resources Case Competition.
- The UALR HR Society was recognized by SHRM as a Superior Merit chapter for 2016-2017.
Faculty in the Department of Management fully participated in assessment activities of the college throughout the year including:
- Continued implementation of a revised undergraduate core and MBA assessment plan and processes.
- Collection of assessment data in courses including MGMT 3404 AND mgmt. 4380.
- Evaluation of assessment documents.
- Analysis of MFT results as related to department curriculum.
- Curriculum change based on assessment findings.
The following learning goals/objectives were assessed:
- OBJECTIVE 1 Students will demonstrate effective written communication skills.
- OBJECTIVE 3.1 Students will identify an ethical dilemma and identify the impact on identified stakeholders.
- OBJECTIVE 3.2 Students will analyze alternative actions and consequences of behavior based on an identified Ethical Rule or Model.
- OBJECTIVE 5.1 Students will demonstrate competence in each of the functional areas of business (accounting, economics, finance, management, operations, and information systems.
- OBJECTIVE 5.2 Students will demonstrate knowledge of the issues involved in conducting business in a diverse, global environment.
BBA in Management assessment of student performance was rated as “meets expectations” with the exception of Written Communication. A workshop was presented to faculty on teaching and evaluating written communication. Handouts to help students develop writing skills were provided.
VI. Priorities for Next Year
- Recruit and hire a tenure-track person for the Strategy position.
- Increase student engagement in student organizations related to the major
- Build partnerships and networking opportunities within the college, university, and community.
- Seek internship opportunities for majors.
- Conduct needs assessment for certificates in human resources that align with SHRM guidelines.
- Evaluation of the innovation and entrepreneurship management program and minors through focus groups, professionals in the field, and alumni.
- What are essential skills need to be successful?
- How does the course work provide necessary competencies?
- Review elective offerings and delivery options.
VII. Appendix: Fast Facts
Enrollment (fall census, 1st major headcount, and SSCHs)
- SSCH: 3347 (undergrad)
- Majors: 471
Retention Fall 2015 - Fall 2016 - 73%
Personnel (number per category, tenure, and promotion, etc.)
Category of Faculty
- Full Professor: 5
- Associate Professor: 2
- Assistant Professor: 1
- Instructor: 1
- Visiting Professor: 1