Stillman School of Business
Professional Competency Development
At the Stillman School of Business, our goal is to provide students with the business knowledge and skills needed to be successful in their careers. In addition, we want to have mechanisms by which we can evaluate student learning and identify needed curriculum changes. That is why, in 1998, we instituted the undergraduate assessment process.
This process measures the success of the School’s learning goals. It also measures students’ mastery of six professional competencies. Mastery of these competencies has been deemed critical by faculty and business practitioners.
Core Professional Competencies
Each business core class is responsible for developing one or more of the competencies. Classroom experiences and assignments develop these skills which are later assessed.
The Sophomore and Senior Assessment Panels require student teams to prepare a comprehensive business case analysis and present to outside business practitioners (assessors). Students also complete an individual writing assignment and financial analysis assignment.
Some of the more notable companies that have been the focus of the student presentations include:
Team presentations are evaluated by business professionals with significant experience who volunteer their time and effort. At any given time, there are 50 alumni and friends who serve as assessors. Our younger assessors have responsible middle manager positions, while more experienced assessors have distinguished professional backgrounds and either occupy or have recently occupied senior management positions.
Results of the undergraduate assessment have benefitted the Stillman School in many ways. The data from assessment has been integral in driving important curriculum changes, including:
- Creation of “Adept Reasoning and Communication” course
- Redesign of Financial Accounting course
- Addition of Business Writing requirement
- Modification of communications courses
In addition to a strengthened undergraduate curriculum and better educated students, other benefits have included:
- Stronger community among students
- Improved student advising
- More engaged Stillman alumni
- Employment offers from assessors