School of Business
School of Business
Eastern Illinois University
Strategic Planning Committee, Developed AY 2011
Vision: Where students are inspired and engaged to become successful business professionals.
Our mission is to:
• Strengthen a culture focused on student learning, critical thinking, and personal discovery;
• Provide collaborative learning experiences that connect students with faculty, business, alumni, and community partners;
• Pursue business research and service activities for faculty that enhance professional development and student learning.
Strengthen a culture focused on student learning, critical thinking, and personal discovery.
Provide collaborative learning experiences that connect students with faculty, business, alumni, and community.
Pursue business research and service activities for faculty that enhance professional development and student learning.
Objective 1.1 Align our student recruitment and retention efforts with our mission.
Implement recruiting plans that attracts undergraduate and graduate students who will support and benefit from our mission.
Increase enrollment of undergraduate student population that is in line with the university’s goal.
Create and implement an undergraduate retention plan to retain students.
Identify a method of tracking undergraduate retention rates within the School of Business programs.
Identify an undergraduate retention rate that is in line with the university’s goal.
Increase enrollment of graduate students that is stipulated by the Graduate School.
Objective 1.2 PProvide in- and out-of-class experiences for students that are focused on current and relevant business topics.
Critically review and continually enhance the enriched student experiences in the major curriculum.
Critically review and continually enhance the enriched student experiences in BUS 1000.
Enhance initiatives that promote the importance of an international perspective for students.
Submit competitive proposals for the annual Provost’s Award.
Build a curriculum that integrates ethical behavior and decision making into the core and the major areas.
Expand the Entrepreneurship curriculum into the Graduate Program.
Implement alternative delivery structures to meet the needs of our changing student demographic, including hybrid classes and evening and weekend offerings
Objective 1.3 Connect assurance of learning to curricular development and student preparedness.
Collect and analyze data on all objectives, ensure actions are taken and results of actions are evaluated, including both direct and indirect measures from internal and external stakeholders.
w/ Annual Reviews
Report to AACSB on fully mature assurance of learning strategies.
Note: Continuous review of AACSB accreditation standards to ensure business and accounting programs are aligned with the most recent interpretive materials.
Objective 1.4 Attract and maintain a faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and service and maintain expected thresholds in AACSB faculty qualifications.
Create and implement a staffing plan so that the faculty profile (for the School and each discipline) related to intellectual contributions and faculty qualifications will be in full compliance with business and accounting accreditation standards.
and annual review
Create and implement faculty development plans so that the faculty profile (for the School and each discipline) related to intellectual contributions and faculty qualifications will be in full compliance with business and accounting 2013 AACSB accreditation standards.
and semester reviews
Revise the School of Business criteria for maintaining faculty qualification to ensure compliance with the 2013 standards for AACSB Accreditation.
Objective 1.5 Create sustainable relationships with our alumni.
Develop internal tracking database to identify number of contacts with alumni.
In Progress: External vendor software has been identified and funds encumbered; progressing through appropriate purchasing approval channels
Develop a process to better connect with School of Business alumni.
Create a process for tracking placement of graduating students.
Create internal tracking procedure for collecting and maintaining current alumni information.
Create new school wide and discipline based events to bring alumni back to campus.
Beginning with our current students, encourage and enhance alumni support for the School of Business students, e.g., internship opportunities, guest speakers, advisory boards, job placement, financial support.
Objective 1.6 Enhance initiatives that promote the importance of an international perspective for students and faculty.
Review and revise the five-year plan for furthering international initiatives in the School.
Continue to seek external funding to further international initiatives in the School
Engage at least fifty students in international study experiences each year.
Objective 2.1 Build and maintain connections with external organizations for internships.
Maintain an inventory of current undergraduate and graduate internship opportunities including time and place by discipline
Increase the proportion of graduating seniors who have had a credit or not-for-credit internship experience to 50 percent annually.
Develop promotional materials for internship opportunities, including print and web: prospective and current students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Expand announcements of internship opportunities to Graduate and Undergraduate students through the School of business web site.
Develop internship information piece for prospective employers.
Create an on-campus event inviting local firms that provide internship positions for our students.
Send a letter, with promotional piece, to sites that hosted quality internship experiences the previous summer.
Develop strategies for securing new internship positions.
Identify a realistic goal for the number and location of externally funded Graduate Assistantships.
Objective 2.2 PPromote interaction with students, faculty and business community through business student organizations
Maintain collaboration among RSOs through the Business Student Advisory Board.
2 Increase the number of graduating students who have belonged to a registered student business organization to 30 percent.
Objective 2.3 Provide applied and research experiences to enrich student learning.
Engage 30 percent of all School of Business classes (upper division undergraduate and graduate) in applied learning field projects each year.
Increase the number of faculty-led, student research experiences (e.g., Honors projects, independent studies, etc.) each year to 20, with at least 60 percent of the 20 at the graduate level.
Note: Identify the number of students who are currently participating in applied and research experiences.
Objective 2.4 Enhance Student Professional Development program.
Identify the role of the Student Issues Committee in support of the Strategic Plan focusing on student professional development.
Develop method of evaluating effectiveness of the “College to Career” Student Professional Development Program.
Develop system for students to track their participation in the College to Career program.
Expand the participation in the College to Career Program to 25% of total business student population.
Report progress of the “College to Career” Student Professional Development Program to donor.
Objective 3.1 Establish standards for recognizing excellence in teaching, research, and service
Implement the revised the criteria for faculty awards (including excellence in teaching, research, service, and balanced categories) that consistently connect the process to a specific goal or outcome.
Establish a means by which faculty who receive award funds have the opportunity to share experiences of how the use of the funds impacted their teaching, research, and/or service. (Note: such as forum, open discussion)
Establish an award to recognize an outstanding graduate faculty mentor who supports faculty-led student research.
Establish an award to recognize an outstanding undergraduate faculty mentor who supports faculty-led student research.
Objective 3.2 Foster business relationships that enable research, service, and student professional development opportunities
Develop a database to input and track information that will serve as a “clearinghouse” or “portal” of information for the points of external contact.
Provide opportunities for faculty and student interaction with advisory boards.
Create a process by which the School can track points of external contact that support research, service, and professional development opportunities.
Create an internal policy that guides the use of the “clearinghouse” or “portal” which enables faculty to identify potential external contacts.