Business Core Assurance of Learning
(Accounting and Business Administration Majors)
The Martha and Spencer Love School of Business uses well documented, systematic processes to develop, monitor, evaluate, and revise the substance and delivery of the degree programs in accounting and business administration and to assess the impact of the curricula on learning. Using inputs from our relevant stakeholders (e.g., faculty, staff, administrators, students, faculty from non-business disciplines, alumni, and the business community served by the school), we have created curricular programs to achieve program learning goals. With these program goals in mind, we created program learning objectives, or measurable student outcomes (operational definition) associated with each learning goal (conceptual definition). We sample and measure student performance on these directly observable activities (learning objectives), combine that with data from indirect assessments of student learning, and make a determination as to whether or not the learning goals for our programs have been met. This information guides the appropriate revisions of program content and delivery, as necessary.
The following diagram is a graphical depiction of the elements of the business core program and associated assurance of learning components. Our mission ("To provide instruction and experiences for our students so they graduate with the knowledge, skills and character for responsible business leadership in the 21st century"), along with guidance from the AACSB-International Management of Curricula Standards, informs the goals associated with the core business program offerings for accounting and business administration majors. The courses required (indicated by rectangular boxes with course identifiers, e.g., ACC 201) are shown, along with arrows to indicate precedence relationships (e.g., ACC 201 must be completed before commencing ACC 212 or FIN 343). Program assessment (Assurance of Learning) occurs via Course-Embedded or Demonstration evaluations (Direct Assessment) and Indirect Assessment using surveys and measures in an extra-class environment. Continuous assessment and revision processes ensure the curricula achieve the desired outcomes.