Integrating Academic and Practical Skills
Our business students are active in integrating the skills they learn in the classroom with those
in the real world through a variety of programs. Some are these programs include:
Applied Technology in Business: 10 years strong,
the Applied Technology in Business (ATiB) Program allows business students from all majors to work with sponsoring
companies on applied technology projects. This program has celebrated two important milestones that are testaments to its success.
It graduated its 10th class in May, 2008 and boasts over 150 alumni. Most recent sponsors include Alps Automotive, Champion
Homes, Comerica Continental AG, Credit Union One, Crittenton Hospital, SBA, Eaton, GM-TEP,
GMU, Hutchinson, Lear Norma US, OCCMHA, Takata, T-Systems, Trubiquity and TTI.
Scholars and ACHIEVE: The
Scholars program (started in 2007) and the
ACHIEVE program (started in 2008) allow students to integrate their
classroom skills with business and professional development skills through a variety of activities.
scholars take a lead role in organizing several SBA social events like SBA Welcome Picnic and
Conference activities, and have initiated work
on several community internship projects in 2008.
Similarly, the ACHIEVE program provides business
an opportunity to network with business professionals
A new Experiential Learning and Innovation (ELI) program allows graduate students to engage in experiential
projects that put their advanced skills to work in real-world applications.
For example, a team of two graduate students worked this summer on a
social entrepreneurship project, in partnership with Family Service Alliance and the SIM Foundation. Four other projects span
entrepreneurship (feasibility studies, business plan evaluation, market research) and additional projects
in areas like marketing, data analysis and global business are under review.
Leadership project integration in the Executive MBA program: The revised EMBA in Health Care Management and IS Leadership
program is incorporating an 18 month
leadership project, using both academic and business practitioner support.
To surface critical leadership challenges, the EMBA program will host a
leadership conference each year. The first such conference was held on October 9-10, 2008. See the outreach section for details of this