2019 College/University Presidents Roundtable: Educating America’s Future Business Leaders

2019 College/University Presidents Roundtable: Educating America’s Future Business Leaders

THE FINEST COLLEGES AND universities are preparing students to become the business leaders of the future with an eye on what skill sets they will need to succeed. From investing in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education to adding global studies to business curricula to linking course study with area employer requirements, many schools are engineering their MBA and EMBA programs to connect with the business community and local business leaders. Global travel and experiences are also giving students needed knowledge and valuable experiences for the jobs of the future. In our 2019 College/University Presidents Roundtable, higher education leaders discuss how they are educating America’s future business leaders.

Berkeley College By Michael J. Smith, President

Through the Berkeley College International Business degree program, students gain critical knowledge, skills and experience that prepare them for roles in the global marketplace. This includes positions in corporations as well as government, non-government and nonprofit organizations. Students complete extended simulation projects running a global business, learn business analytics, and may participate in Model United Nations conferences with students from around the world. Our dynamic faculty, many with doctoral degrees and global industrial, retail, commercial, nonprofit and govern- ment experience, invite speakers from international companies to address their classes. Career management preparation at Berkeley College begins in the first year of study, and students may take advantage of a seamless transition earning Associate’s, Bachelor’s and MBA in Management degrees—all within a five-year period. The MBA Global Immersion Program provides upper level MBA students both classroom and field experience in global businesses through international field trips.

Drew University By Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger, President

To prepare students for business leadership roles, Drew emphasizes real-world learning, such as through our Wall Street semester, which takes students into New York City, where they learn from leading professionals. Similarly, internships are central to our Master of Science in Finance program and Launch, our new undergraduate experience. Mentoring and hands-on learning are core to our programs—students work closely with leaders in their field and have access to thousands of internship opportunities. Also, to help students realize our larger mission of adding to the world’s good, we offer a New York City semester on social entrepreneurship and make ethics in financial services mandatory to earning a Master of Science in Finance. We strive for results, with 94 percent of recent grads either landing jobs or entering graduate school within six months of graduation.

Fairleigh Dickinson University By Dr. Christopher A. Capuano, President

At Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business, the breadth of our online and on-campus programs is building tomorrow’s leaders in specific, discipline-based areas. Students can now earn an MBA, an MS in Accounting and an MS in Supply Chain Management entirely online, as well as at one of our two New Jersey campuses or our Vancouver Campus. We also offer an MBA for Executives (EMBA), which includes a 12-day overseas International Business Seminar. All MBA students must complete the Global Business Capstone. Our MBA students can specialize in accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing or pharmaceutical management, and those who have already earned an MBA can earn a post-graduate certificate in any of those areas.

Felician University By Dr. Anne Prisco, President

Beginning with our very first MBA course, “Leadership in the 21st Century,” a non-textbook driven, practical review of case studies and applications, Felician instills in our students a broader perspective in understanding and a vision for the future. A required experiential component for every cohort engages students, current businesses, and not-for-profits in strategizing, planning and marketing for today and future needs. Through an annual, organized trip to Ireland, students are given the opportunity to engage in meetings and activities with business leaders and organizations, broadening problem-solving skills and engagement in the global market. Felician also benefits from our valuable status as a Non-Government Organization (NGO) at the United Nations, promoting a commitment to raising public awareness on issues of global concern and an active participation in finding solutions. To create a better world, Felician University has uniquely aligned our dedication to creating strong and focused global leaders who reflect our Franciscan values.

Georgian Court University By Dr. Joseph R. Marbach, President

Georgian Court University supports global studies through virtual collaborative online learning experiences in multiple courses, faculty-led studies abroad, and semester abroad advising. Our Global Transformation Initiative also enables more students—across various majors—to have direct experience in multiple cultural settings. Similarly, our MBA program challenges students through case studies, capstone projects and interactions with highly qualified faculty members. Business professors are constantly in touch with industry leaders, alumni entrepreneurs and area employers—many of whom work as adjunct professors and deliver real-world insights to the program—to ensure that our students are learning relevant, timely and useful skills.

Montclair State University By Dr. Susan A. Cole, President

The Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University offers programs that provide rich interdisciplinary knowledge, conveyed with a global perspective, that prepares students for careers within and outside of the United States. The undergraduate international business degree focuses on management in multinational corporations, international trade practices and market expansion strategies. Supported by simulations, speakers, experiential opportunities and internships, the content promotes understanding of the complex forces that drive international commerce and collaboration. The MBA degree combines rigorous academic content with an international business travel capstone for all students. The trip includes stays in two countries with emerging or transitioning economies. Students visit companies, tour facilities, and participate in live case studies and service activities. A combined Global MBA and Masters in Business Analytics, jointly offered by Montclair State University and the University of Newcastle, Australia, provides deep knowledge of globalization challenges with immersion in analytics and data visualization.

New Jersey Institute of Technology By Dr. Joel S. Bloom, President

Working with international partners advances our mission to solve problems that affect people, businesses and infrastructure, both at home and across the globe. Diversity—of backgrounds, ideas, problem-solving abilities—is essential for higher education. There is still another form of diversity that also is critical, while it gets less attention, and that is the differing and sometimes unique ways that societies apply the same technology. I think it’s important that our students and faculty experience this on the ground.

Ramapo College of New Jersey By Dr. Peter P. Mercer, President

Ramapo College’s Comprehensive Internationalization Plan strives to create an educational experience that enables its students to become literate and empowered global citizens. One example is the China Immersion Trip at Ramapo, a two-week program that provides both graduate and undergraduate students in business and other disciplines with the opportunity to develop a global business outlook and understanding of international management, international economics and capitalism by meeting with corporate executives and government officials and immersing themselves in Chinese culture. In addition, each year the college selects a different global region and incorporates year-long programs and events to highlight the culture, diversity, language and economic impact of that region. For 2018-2019, the college is focusing on Asia and the Pacific region. Our education plus an extensive Travel Abroad program, international internship opportunities and participation in the National Student Exchange Program have resulted in successful and well-rounded leaders of the future.

Seton Hall University By Dr. Mary Meehan, President

Seton Hall’s MBA with a concentration in international business teaches students how to succeed in any business climate anywhere in the world. We develop analytical thinking, cultivate expertise in change management, foster teamwork, and ground our instruction in ethics and social responsibility. By the time they graduate, our students have traveled to destinations such as China, Ireland, India, Peru, Egypt and elsewhere. These immersive experiences reinforce the development of leaders who are versatile, savvy and steeped in the nuances of global commerce. Seton Hall knows about international business because the world is our classroom. The university expanded its already strong presence in China four years ago and now instructs about 180 MBA students in Beijing, Shanghai and Zhuhai. As with everything we do, Seton Hall’s international MBA is tailored to our students’ needs and continually refreshed to keep pace with the steadily evolving global marketplace.

Stevens Institute of Technology By Dr. Nariman Farvardin, President

Stevens’ foundation as a technology-infused university has never been more prominent. Addressing societal and business problems through technological solutions has always been part of Stevens’ DNA; that orientation is a real differentiator for Stevens graduates. Engineering, science and business students are required to take a course in entrepreneurial thinking freshman year, and faculty equip students with skills and new perspectives to work in a world increasingly influenced by artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. That learning is applied globally via co-ops, internships and corporate-sponsored projects that give students substantive experience solving real problems and leads to creation of new businesses. Lastly, Hanlon Financial Systems Laboratory and the Hanlon Laboratory for Financial Analytics and Data Visualization provide students with opportunities to learn the tools of their industry, so they are immediately productive on the job. In fact, 96 percent secure employment or enter graduate school within six months of graduating.

Stockton University By Dr. Harvey Kesselman, President

“Global Awareness” is one of the 10 Essential Learning Outcomes identified by Stockton University as necessary for personal and professional success in the 21st century. Within the School of Business, opportunities for developing competence in global awareness are threaded throughout business courses at the undergraduate and the MBA levels and in required general courses which complement the business curriculum. Stockton’s Office of Global Engagement assists students with opportunities for study abroad, focused study tour courses and international service learning projects. Our Model UN travel team recently returned from China and has traveled to Italy, Galapagos and Japan. Stockton has partnerships with some 25 universities around the world. Internships provide students with opportunities to work at companies with an international reach. In all areas, Stockton seeks to create the global awareness and understanding necessary for meaningful participation in the world as independent critical thinkers and informed and prepared global citizens.

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) By Dr. Kathryn A. Foster, President

TCNJ’s MBA program, which will launch in 2019, will prepare future business leaders in several innovative ways. First, our unique “T-Style” curriculum will offer students the benefit of deep-dive learning with specializations in Data Analytics, Finance, Strategy, Innovation and Leadership during the first year of study. Through this approach, students will gain enhanced skills to apply in their day-to-day decision-making. Second, the program will utilize business practitioners associated with each course. The faculty will use the practitioner to help reinforce and expand upon the application of MBA concepts in practice. Finally, the program will be offered in a hybrid format, which will allow students to enroll in the MBA program while maintaining their personal and professional obligations.

William Paterson University By Dr. Richard Helldobler, President

Our Cotsakos College of Business offers programs that provide the skills students need to excel in a global business environment. Our bachelor’s degree in global business combines a strong liberal arts foundation with upper-level business courses in areas such as economic globalization, economic growth and development, international financial management, global marketing and global supply chain management. The required capstone course, Business Strategy and Policy, integrates information and skills learned throughout the curriculum, preparing students for global strategic decision-making. In addition, all business students must complete a series of professional enrichment seminars and workshops focused on strategic technology and soft skills required of the global workforce. On the graduate level, the MBA program, with a concentration in entrepreneurship, covers topics such as financing new ventures; innovation and product development; innovation, strategy and corporate sustainability; and marketing in a global environment. We also have faculty with real-world, global start-up experience.

Caldwell University By Dr. Nancy H. Blattner, President

Today, more students are focusing on careers in science and healthcare. When combined with the strengths of a liberal arts emphasis—strong oral and written communication skills; critical thinking and analytical reasoning capabilities; and the ability to work independently or as part of a team—Caldwell University creates an incredibly rich educational experience for our students. At Caldwell, record numbers of students are choosing to major in biology, chemistry, health sciences and nursing or join one of our healthcare affiliation programs in medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy or other related programs. This year, two new majors, the BS in Public Health Education and the BS in Health Care Administration, were developed to meet the demand-ing needs in these areas. Caldwell University recognizes the importance of science and healthcare programs for our students and our communities.

College of Saint Elizabeth By Dr. Helen J. Streubert, President

The College of Saint Elizabeth is well positioned to offer high-quality STEM programs having completed a $5.2 million renovation to our science building that now contains the most up-to-date technology for our students in biology, chemistry, nursing, and foods and nutrition. Our science students work in laboratories that rival those of larger institutions. They are moving into internships, graduate schools and careers with confidence having learned on the best technology available. Historically, our science and math programs have produced high-achieving women committed to careers in science, math and related fields. They serve in both basic and applied science and math settings. Our support for current students is very much focused on providing the highest- quality education with access to cutting-edge internships and supporting the transition to work in local, regional and national markets.

County College of Morris By Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, President

During the past academic year, County College of Morris (CCM) trained more than 5,000 individuals through our Workforce Development programs. As part of those efforts, we held roundtable sessions with businesses to address the need for skilled professionals. Additionally, we have launched a $2.25 million campaign to provide the facilities to prepare students to excel in our technology-driven world. Through that campaign, we will be constructing an Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Center and Healthcare Simulation Center, featuring state-of-the-art equipment. Also, in the area of STEM, we are expanding our Cyber Security programs to meet the demand for employees and an educated public. Plus, we provide hundreds of students each year with internships and practical learning opportunities, while our Women Who Dare program serves to encourage young women to enter STEM.

Eastwick College By Tom Eastwick, President

Eastwick College has been providing training in information technology and electronics for more than 50 years, so we’re especially proactive in keep- ing our curriculum current in an industry that can experience major technological shifts in the span of just a year or two. In our latest efforts to enhance our STEM studies and provide our graduates with an advantage in the job market, we have integrated a number of new and upcoming technologies to our computer electronics certificate and associate degree paths of study, including wireless, mobile and fiber optics. The associate degree also features Comp TIA certification in Network+ and Security+, two areas that have become critical for the safe and efficient exchange of data and information within the modern workplace.

Hudson County Community College By Dr. Glen Gabert, President

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor show that 28 percent of community college graduates out-earn their four-year college and university peers over the lives of their careers. Hudson County Community College’s signature STEM, nursing and business programs create opportunities that are in line with projected economic growth for students from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Our faculty and staff work with community and business leaders, and deliver job fairs as well as externships, internships and actual employment, that give our students the advantage of on-site experience and mentoring from experts.

Kean University By Dr. Dawood Farahi, President

Kean University STEM programs are designed to give students a competitive advantage in this technology-driven job market. Our New Jersey Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics provides a unique program structured around multi-disciplinary core studies in mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. It is integrated with hands-on, authentic research experiences under the guidance of a mentor from freshman year until graduation. This approach provides our students with a strong foundation in science and technology, command of technical application, and deep research experience that makes them highly attractive to prospective employers and graduate programs. Kean prepares our graduates to be responsive and productive in our dynamic, changing landscape. Successful career placement is one of the hallmarks of our STEM-related programs.

Monmouth University By Dr. Grey J. Dimenna, President

Monmouth University’s $40 million renovation of its Edison Science Building embodies our commitment toward STEM education, especially because our general education requirements bring all students into the building for at least four classes during their undergraduate career. A critical component was $5 million in state funding through New Jersey’s Building Our Future Act and Capital Improvement Fund. We have also significantly expanded our marine science capabilities with the acquisition of the 49-foot R/V Nauvoo, providing a major boost for hands-on research for our faculty, students and regional partners. We have entered into an agreement with the Borough of Rumson to construct a $7 million Marine and Environmental Field Station on the Navesink River, where faculty will collaborate on STEM programming for K-12 students.

New Jersey City University By Dr. Sue Henderson, President

NJCU prepares students for leadership roles in the digital age by providing a business education grounded in leadership, ethics, and critical thinking. The NJCU School of Business offers a particularly relevant M.S. degree program in Business Analytics and Data Science, which facilitates informed business decision-making and prepares students for careers in the burgeoning field of data analytics. Students hone skills needed to gather, store, analyze and interpret large amounts of “Big Data,” which is increasingly at the center of global business practice. The degree program benefits new graduates as well as seasoned professionals who wish to become leaders in this vitally important emerging field. Courses are taught by NJCU faculty experts who are top practitioners in the field. NJCU’s School of Business has launched a pilot program with Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative—HBX, which utilizes HBX’s online platform to prepare entering graduate students with a non-business background for graduate studies in business. The program engages NJCU’s MBA students with the HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) program, which offers an interactive, social and case-based education in business analytics, economics and financial accounting.

Ocean County College By Dr. Jon H. Larson, President

At Ocean County College, we strive to promote research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. In that vein, OCC has devised a multi-faceted STEM Center for our campus in Toms River. The facility will involve learners in interactive instructional activities and in laboratories equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation, and it will seamlessly merge resources to grow the STEM student pipeline, deliver engaging educational opportunities and create a network of resources for existing businesses and startups. Through local partnerships, and the enrichment of our degree programs, we endeavor to encourage students of all ages to consider a STEM career.

Thomas Edison State University By Dr. Merodie Hancock, President

Many of our programs meet the needs of those seeking, or already immersed in, careers where opportunity is fueled by technology-related skills and leadership acumen. Our School of Applied Science and Technology’s offerings encompass associate to master’s degree programs in information technology, engineering technology, data management, cybersecurity, aviation and health technology. Our W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing’s programs are a cornerstone for nurses seeking flexible pre-licensure through doctorate degree program options that enrich their careers and position them to lead healthcare transformation. Our School of Business and Management has developed career-focused undergraduate and master’s programs in accounting, data analytics, finance and healthcare management. Across all our areas of study, students can leverage their STEM-related career skills by earning equivalent academic credits for their professional licenses, certifications and military training.

Union County College By Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin, President

We are continually evaluating programs of study and course offerings to best meet the needs of the STEM job market. Faculty utilize experiential learning as well as project-based learning across the STEM disciplines to help students better understand career opportunities. Union students in the engineering and architecture programs have access to software such as MATLab and 3D printers to help them build their design portfolios. Our students in the STEM programs have access to research leaders through specialized seminar talks and the opportunity for networking and mentorship. Additionally, our students are exposed to graduate programs and the career opportunities that follow. Union also has a program in cyber forensics, which is a rapidly growing STEM field with a need for qualified professionals.

 

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