The public’s scrutiny of higher education may be at an all-time high. Whether it be parents questioning the value of a college degree, researchers scrutinizing learning outcomes, government officials tracking student debt, or employers evaluating job-readiness, educators face unprecedented pressure to prepare students for life outside of college. For business educators at liberal arts colleges, this external scrutiny is often matched by internal scrutiny from colleagues who question whether pre-professional programs even belong. Other concerns extend beyond the present and focus on preparing students not just for their first job, but on developing capacities for their whole life—personal, professional and civic. How might business faculty respond to this increased demand and multitude of pressures?
In the midst of this new reality, Mary Grace Neville, began a seven-year programmatic study. She led a multi-stakeholder inquiry and organized a national dialogue centered on the question: “What ought we be teaching at the undergraduate business level in order to be cultivating high integrity leaders for tomorrow’s rapidly changing, highly complex, multicultural, and interdependent world?” In this seminar, she introduced the capacity-mapping framework that has emerged from this work (and continues to evolve) and invited participants to consider various ways to integrate capacity development across an undergraduate business curriculum. Review the personal capacity map and consider these questions:
How do you set priorities and achieve balance within the curriculum?
How can business programs orient themselves so that they can be responsive to the constancy of change?
How can colleagues within institutions and across institutions collaborate to strengthen student preparedness?
How might technology support capacity development?
Join NITLE, Dr. Neville, and colleagues across the nation to re-imagine undergraduate business education.