Herberger Business School

Assessment

The purpose of the Herberger Business School assessment program is four-fold:

  1. Communicate the school’s learning goals so students understand how their performance will be evaluated.
  2. Enhance the coherence and relevancy of the curriculum and improve teaching effectiveness
  3. Comply with the AACSB International’s assurance of learning standards.
  4. Fulfill the Higher Learning Commission’s re-accreditation standards.

The assessment program is managed by the school assessment director, Dr. Christine Lepkowski, and members of an assessment steering committee. The steering committee is comprised of faculty representatives from each business discipline and led by faculty chair, Dr. Lynn Collen. The school assessment program is part of the University assessment process, with one representative serving on the University committee.

Assessment reports are prepared annually.

Student achievement data is utilized to drive programmatic improvements.

Along with discipline specific learning outcomes, the faculty and employer advisory boards have selected the following school learning goals:

Undergraduate Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1. Our students will be effective written and oral communicators.

Objective 1.1 Students will communicate effectively in writing using appropriate content, organization, expression, and mechanics.

Objective 1.2 Students will make an effective business presentation.

Goal 2. Our students will be competent problem solvers

Objective 2.1 Students will prepare and defend an effective solution to a business case or problem.

Goal 3. Our students will be effective collaborators.

Objective 3.1 Students will effectively contribute to the completion of group tasks.

Goal 4. Our students will be competent in the business core.

Objective 4.1 Students will demonstrate understanding of and apply core disciplinary concepts in business.

Objective 4.2 Students will recognize ethical problems and present defensible ethical solutions.

Objective 4.3 Students will apply global perspectives to business situations.

Goal 5. Our students will be competent in their respective disciplines/majors.

MBA Learning Goals

MBA graduates will be professional communicators.

MBA graduates will be effective decision makers.

MBA graduates will be leadership oriented.

There are a number of methods and approaches that can be utilized to assess student learning. Student achievement in the HBS is evaluated in three ways:

  1. Course embedded assessment activities, administered in core business courses.
  2. Common testing in core courses.
  3. Programmatic and course specific assessment activities conducted at the departmental level.

Faculty and staff, alumni, students and members of the school advisory board are surveyed periodically to solicit their feedback on areas of programmatic improvement (indirect measures of assessment).