Alumni Magazine

SPR-SUM 2018

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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/ W hen Franklin Pierce made a commitment to be the University of the Monadnock region, the school knew it had to play not only to its strengths, but also ensure that students' educational experiences align with employer and industry expectations. Pierce is already known for the he of its health science program as well as an emphasis on experiential learning opportunities for students. But business is the school's second-largest major — and Pierce realized that enhancing the undergraduate and graduate business programs were essential for continued student success. It's not the fi rst time Pierce has done something like this. In 2011, the school began looking at ways to enhance the undergraduate and graduate curricula. e fi rst signifi cant outcome was the establishment of the Health Sciences major in 2012. e Business PLUS program, off ering an accelerated timeline to earn both a Franklin Pierce undergraduate business degree and an MBA, started in 2012. e undergraduate and graduate business programs also worked collaboratively throughout 2013 and 2014 to achieve accreditation from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), the leading outcomes-based professional accreditation agency for business and management education in colleges and universities. Brainstorming about establishing a more formal integration of the business programs' curricula, faculty and administrative functions started in spring 2015. At that time, a task force comprised of business faculty and academic administrators met to discuss the possibility of a College of Business but fi rst wanted to understand how such a move would benefi t the University, the students, and the New Hampshire and New England business sectors. e task force invited business leaders to a number of round table discussions to learn what they, as employers, were seeking when hiring a college graduate with a business degree. ese valuable discussions helped the faculty frame their planning, and in spring 2016, proposed the College of Business to the Academic Aff airs Committee of the Board of Trustees. e College offi cially launched in June A UNIVERSITY POISED FOR THE FUTURE Academic Program Enhancements Speak to Skills Employers Want BY KATHERINE ADAMS AND HOLLY BERETTO '93 We're working toward encouraging students to take advantage of some of these programs that are really gaining popularity. This page, left to right: Provost James DuMond in his offi ce. Students in class and working independently.

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