The College of Business and Technology at Western Illinois University is committed to continuous improvement in the busienss education. All members of the college have engaged in activities that aid in meeting the misssion and stated goals of the college (http://www.wiu.edu/cbt/about.php). It is important that the college periodically collect, review, and share best practices to establish benchmarks and to learn and grow from past experiences.
Towards that end, the following data collection forms provide a central collection point for data related to activities that 1) are Innovative in the delivery of the business education we provide, 2) increase engagement between and among the various education partners and constituences, and 3) result in a positive impact for all stakeholders.
When considering whether any given activity should be included for review, the following may be used for framing a response.
Innovation: A successful business education should find creative ways to produce value for students, employers, and the community. Rather than relying on traditional pedagogies, experimentation with new teaching methods is encouraged along with the recognition that failure should be accepted as an integral part of learning (Argyris, 2002).
Engagement: Business education that is both scholarly and relevant for practice requires meaningful interactions among faculty, students, and business professionals. The traditional academic model where students learn theory in the safe classroom environment without real world experience no longer offers adequate preparation for decision making and competitive performance. Real-world, hands-on learning is a key component of a successful business education.
Impact: A business education should be of high quality and make a difference through both scholarly education and impactful intellectual contributions. In addition to the traditional focus on providing business knowledge by teaching about theory, business programs are now expected to demonstrate how their programs and their students make a difference in business society.