DEAR ALUMNI, FRIENDS, & STUDENTS,
Many people have the misconception that summer on a university campus is simply “down time.” Actually, that couldn’t be further from the truth, as evidenced in the College of Business and Economics this summer.
B&E has more than 900 students enrolled in summer courses, including a new MBA class that got under way in June. Of course, student recruiting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is an ongoing process. We are preparing for two new Executive MBA classes this fall, plus one class to be held at a high-tech manufacturer in North Central West Virginia. We also have a group of students enrolled in a CPA examination prep course as they ready themselves for that difficult — yet rewarding — “rite of passage.”
As you will read in this edition of E-News, we continue to receive recognition for our outstanding faculty and programs this summer. On that note, we are preparing to welcome new faculty and staff, as well as launch new programs. We continue to work on the reaccreditation report for the AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the global organization with whom we have been accredited since 1954. Additionally, B&E’s Accounting program has been separately accredited with AACSB since 1997, one of only 180 institutions to hold the specialized accreditation.
We are also preparing for our First Year Academy, a special event attended by all B&E incoming freshmen the weekend prior to the start of the fall semester. B&E will welcome approximately 450 freshmen this year.
The summer is not a lull period at all. It’s just different. A successful and productive summer and getting ourselves ready for another outstanding academic year are paramount in our goal to become “Better. Bigger. Ranked.”
Jose V. Sartarelli, Ph.D.
Milan Puskar Dean