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Through CIBRE, Oakland University's School of Business Administration is
transforming business education. The business world shifts constantly, but
traditionally, business education remains constant. While the core foundation of
business education must remain steady, students must be equipped with the
framework to adapt and operate in a business climate that evolves daily.
Students in the OU's SBA gain this framework through CIBRE programs, and the
integration of its activities and learning. With a foundation that blends theory
and real-world skills, the SBA curriculum is augmented by the influence of
today's business leaders who deal with today's challenges as well as looking
ahead to tomorrow's, and faculty members who bring applied research findings
into the classroom as immediate models from which students learn.
New and established student programs that link SBA students directly to the
business world continue to transform business education while also assisting the
business world come together under CIBRE.
- ATiB: Founded in
1997, SBA's innovative education program - the first of its kind in Michigan -
the Applied Technology in Business program, has partnered with more than 75
companies to bring students and business together to solve business problems
using information technology. A $4 million investment in student scholarships
from regional businesses is a testament to this program's success..
Undergraduate students with strong academic track records are encouraged to
apply to participate in this competitive, engaging and challenging program,
founded in 2007, that puts them on the academic fast track and offers the
opportunity to expand and integrate their learning beyond the classroom through
networking, teamwork, mentoring, community action and research. With categories
such as research scholars, team/theme scholars and global project scholars, SBA
provides students specific opportunities to engage in undergraduate research,
team and theme based internship programs and global team projects (virtual,
face-to-face or hybrid models).
ACHIEVE: Launched Fall
2008, all business students, starting in their freshman year, are required to
engage in a select set of prescribed activities that enhance their career and
professional development skills through this mandatory four-year professional
development series that helps students learn about business careers, their
degree, and then equip them with the skills they need to land a job and succeed
in their chosen profession. The program exposes students to industry through
networking, job shadowing and internships so students can target their
coursework toward their chosen profession.
- ELI: Founded in 2008, the Experiential Learning and Innovation program
offers businesses the opportunity to tap into the advanced skills of SBA's top
graduate students on company-sponsored projects - from business start ups to
product launches - providing the students the chance the integrate their
coursework with real-time learning all while advancing education and supporting