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The culture of an academic institution is the key to success.  No other factor plays a greater role.  I  have been fortunate to work with a Dean who has done an outstanding job of developing a highly productive academic culture.  Interestingly, this Dean never formally articulated this culture.   Here is my attempt to define the values  of our College of Business:

  1. Continuous improvement of curriculum, faculty and administration: Faculty, administration and staff utilize feedback  in order to continuously improve the curriculum and meet the needs of our students and other stakeholders.
  2. Respect for diversity of academic disciplines and differing opinions: Our school includes faculty in multiple fields who participate in their respective fields through scholarly research and engaged teaching.  Faculty strive to integrate this research into the educational process.
  3. Collaboration, teamwork, and the promotion of individual strengths: Our school maintains a collegial and supportive culture with a respect for each individual’s talents and ideas, and an environment that supports success and the pursuit of excellence.
  4. Dynamic stakeholder relationships: We build mutually beneficial relationships with students, business, government, and alumni communities in order to increase our value to all constituents and supplement our resource base.
  5. Service to diverse group of stakeholders: Our school  provides leadership and performs service to all levels of the university, for academic and professional organizations, and in the business community.  We utilize our professional knowledge, skills, and talents to the betterment of the community at large.

What do you think?

– from the pen of Dr. Percy Trappe

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