On November 16th
2011, some of the FCBE’s key external partners came together in the Fogelman Executive Center. In addition to attending a reception at which we were able to thank them for their previous help with, and commitment to, our College, they also participated in an idea generation session. Situated at round tables in small groups, those who took part were asked to come up with ideas that would propel the College through its next phase of development. Two major themes emerged from this session facilitated by the Chair of the FCBE’s Advisory Board, Larry Papasan. First, there was a lot of consensus around developing a new Professional Development Center that would help cater for the pastoral side of student development. Included in the center would be everything from student advising to internship placement to career counseling. The second suggestion to emerge concerned enhancing the FCBE’s brand. In a 21st century setting with 24 hour a day access to information across a broad range of media devices, it was felt that we could promote the College in more, and more innovative, ways. This in turn would help enhance the reputation of the College and position it to continue to move forward as a leading urban College of Business & Economics. These two initiatives will be major foci of our plans for development in the immediate future. They are joined by a third major development idea that emerged from the regular coffee hours that I have with our faculty. This concerns the need to improve the infrastructure of the building in which we operate. In addition to HVAC work, there is also a need to renovate several of our classrooms. Further, we are also embarking on a project to make the building more sustainable. You will be hearing more about these three initiatives in the weeks ahead as we push on to make the FCBE an ever more desirable place for students, potential employers, faculty and staff to fulfill their ambitions.
In addition to the exciting development work that is to come, we are continuing with the various programs that were developed under the Fogelman Promise banner over the last two years. I am delighted to say that initiatives such as Toastmasters, Etiquette, Professionalism First!, Fogelman Fit, and the 4Cs, along with developments in the Honors and MBA programs, have continued apace, with ever greater numbers of students taking advantage of these enrichment and advanced learning opportunities.
Finally, we have spent the last year or so preparing for an accreditation visit by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, or AACSB. This is our major accrediting body, and one whose stamp of approval is vital to the country’s leading business schools. Thanks to the exceptional leadership work carried out by Lloyd Brooks, Tom Miller, Jasbir Dhaliwal and Carolyn Callahan, along with tremendous support from the entire faculty and staff, we have approached this event with excitement at the opportunity to demonstrate to the site visit team what we do. You can read more about this visit elsewhere in the Flash.
As ever, there is an awful lot going on in our College. Thanks to the tremendous commitment of our faculty, staff, and community friends, I am looking forward to 2011 as being another outstanding year in our development. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any suggestions that you may have as to how we can further enhance what we do.
Rajiv Grover, Ph.D.