I’m hanging my hat on this quote: “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland
We’re headed for 23 degrees as I write this, and already, I think people are more hopeful! St. Patrick’s Day and spring break are just around the corner. This also means that we’re mid-semester, exams and papers are commonplace, and the break will be welcomed with open arms! As always, I ask students to remember to come back from spring break, not only physically, but also in the mindset to take on the rest of the semester. Rejuvenation is a good thing.
Exciting news in our area includes the addition of Stephanie Douglas to our staff. Stephanie will start here in a couple of weeks, and she will be working with both MBA and BBA online students as they navigate the admission, enrollment, graduation, and other on-going processes. She will also develop an online community through social media, and help us track students’ progress through our programs.
Typical for this time of year, our office is preparing for priority registration and advising, but we’re also investigating being more proactive with incoming transfer students. We hope to find ways to resolve some of the more complicated transfer issues for students before they come on campus for Plan-It Purple (PIP) orientation with the goal of making PIP less stressful for all concerned.
We are continuing our work on developing a new freshman course for business students which will address critical issues for student success and introduce them to the University’s and College’s goals and values. Topics in the course will include current business issues, creative and critical thinking, multicultural and global competence, leadership, ethics/integrity and more. One facet of the course will include students identifying their personal values and making connections to their college and professional goals.
Student writing remains on the forefront of curricular change with our goal to integrate writing in current courses rather than offer it entirely as a stand-alone course. At this time, we’re considering offering a two-credit business writing course at the sophomore level, identifying writing intensive courses in the majors, and then also providing support for these writing initiatives. We will require some writing in the freshman course, focus on it at the sophomore level, and then reinforce the importance of writing well within the majors.
I hope winter has not taken too much wind from your sails regardless of your affiliation to the College of Business and Economics! I think we will welcome spring like never before, and possibly even appreciate any rain and mud that we would otherwise bemoan.