Mission Statement

Provide high quality business education, supported by research and service activities, that enhances the economic vitality of the region.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Washburn University School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the hallmark of excellence in business education. Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Only the top five percent of all the business programs in the world have achieved AACSB accreditation.

Major Field Test

Major Field Test

The Major Field Test is a degree requirement for all business students and is administered in our capstone course, BU449 Strategic Management. The test is prepared by Educational Testing Services (ETS) and is designed to assess mastery of concepts and principles as well as knowledge expected of students at the conclusion of a major in specific subject areas. Every year, more than 68,000 students from 560 institutions take the Major Field Test. For the last few years, the Washburn mean has been at or above the 80th percentile.

AACSB Accreditation

The Washburn School of Business undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by AACSB – the gold standard of business school accreditations. Only about five percent of business schools worldwide earn AACSB accreditation. Business schools must comply with a set of 15 standards in order to meet AACSB requirements. This process requires that AACSB business schools are continually striving to find innovative ways to meet the learning objectives they have set forth for their students. The Washburn School of Business has identified separate learning objectives for the Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy programs. The independent AACSB accreditation team certifies that Washburn continues to not only prepare students to excel in each of the learning objectives, but also that the Washburn School of Business is engaged in a continuous effort to find inventive techniques to improve student success in each of these aspects that business leaders consider critical for success.

Bachelor of Business Administration - Student Learning Outcomes

Business Knowledge

Students will be able to demonstrate broad, functional knowledge across all areas of business.

Written Communications

Students will be able to write with clarity and clearly present ideas.

Oral Communications

Students will be able to verbalize concisely and clearly present ideas.

Problem Solving

Students will be able to define and analyze diverse problems, and organize/interpret information to draw and support conclusions.

Ethical Decision Making

Students will be able to differentiate between ethical and unethical behavior and integrate ethical understanding and societal responsibility into decision-making.

Global Dynamics

Students will be able to explain the impact of participation in the global economy on business conduct and performance, as well as the effects of business actions on that economy.

Technology

Students will be able to apply technology in order to solve business problems and explain how technology supports the strategic goals of organizations.


Master of Business Administration - Student Learning Outcomes

Functional Knowledge

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles in business disciplines and the ability to integrate knowledge across disciplines.

Communications Skills

Students will be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing across the broad range of situations facing the firm.

Analytical and Problem Solving Skills

Students will be able to use analytical techniques and IT to solve business problems.

Global Perspective

Students will understand the impact of globalization on the business environment

Ethical Awareness

Students will be aware of ethical issues and responsibilities in business environments

Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills

Students will be able to work effectively in teams toward the achievement of a goal.


Master of Accountancy - Student Learning Outcomes

Analytical Ability

Students will be able to prepare analytical review of complex business and accounting topics in theory and in practice.

Oral Communications

Students will be able to orally communicate financial and accounting ideas clearly and efficiently.

Written Communications

Students will be able to write clearly, effectively, and efficient in an accounting context.

Technology Ability

Students will demonstrate an appropriate understanding of technology and apply technology to resolve accounting issues.

Ethical Reasoning

Students will demonstrate an understanding of professional behaviors, regulatory standard setting mechanisms, and ethical responsibilities relevant to clients, markets, and society.

Professional Certification Readiness

Students will demonstrate proficiency in technical topics covered on professional certification exams (e.g. CPA and CMA exams).

BBA Placement Status at Graduation (2015-2019)

Class

% Employed

Mean Salary

% Continuing Education

% Not Seeking Employment by Choice

% Still Seeking Employment at Graduation

2015

69.3

$41,491

12.8

1.3

16.7

2016

75.9

$40,583

15.7

2.4

6.0

2017

72.5

$44,902

17.5

0.0

10.0

2018

71.3

$46,475

17.5

0.0

11.3

2019

68.5

$39,222

19.2

0.0

12.3

Combined Average 2015-19

71.5

$42,535

16.5

0.7

11.3


MBA Placement Status at Graduation (2015-2019)

Class

% Employed

Mean Salary

% Continuing Education

% Not Seeking Employment by Choice

% Still Seeking Employment at Graduation

2015

85.7

$59,395

0.0

4.8

9.5

2016

80.0

$69,863

10.0

0.0

10.0

2017

67.6

$68,880

5.4

2.7

24.3

2018

82.3

$60,286

11.8

0.0

5.9

2019

80.0

$63,000

10.0

0.0

10.0

Combined Average 2015-19

79.1

$64,285

7.4

1.5

11.9


MAcc Placement Status at Graduation (2015-2019)

Class

% Employed

Mean Salary

% Continuing Education

% Not Seeking Employment by Choice

% Still Seeking Employment at Graduation

2015

100.0

$55.000

0.0

0.0

0.0

2016

100.0

$45,000

0.0

0.0

0.0

2017

100.0

$49,167

0.0

0.0

0.0

2018

66.7

$51,000

0.0

0.0

33.3

2019

66.7

$53,000

33.3

0.0

0.0

Combined Average 2015-19

91.7

$49,650

4.2

0.0

4.2


Location of Employment (as %) for Recent Graduates (2015-2019)

Topeka%

Other KS%

KCK/KCMO%

Other USA%

Other Intl.%

Class

BBA

MBA

MAcc

BBA

MBA

MAcc

BBA

MBA

MAcc

BBA

MBA

MAcc

BBA

MBA

MAcc

2015

72

62

33

16

24

67

5

5

0

7

10

0

0

0

0

2016

72

73

67

11

5

17

8

14

0

9

9

17

0

0

0

2017

62

79

56

16

6

11

16

9

33

2

3

0

4

3

0

2018

52

54

0

16

8

50

23

15

0

9

23

50

0

0

0

2019

50

50

80

14

19

0

18

19

20

14

6

0

2

6

0

Pillar

Impactful, student-centered degree programs

Programs and initiatives that address stakeholder needs in a timely manner

Research culture that supports a broad array of scholarship

Bidirectional engagement with community partners enhancing the economic vitality of the region

Goal

Continuously improve the quality of the School’s  academic program offerings and increase student engagement

Explore new programs and infuse innovation into School’s activities

Increase output and quality of impactful mission-based intellectual contributions

Improve the School’s visibility, brand awareness, and engagement

Accomplishments

- Every business major is assigned a faculty advisor

- Complete revision of the AOL process, 2017

- End-to-end BBA curriculum review, Spring 2018, resulting in the proposal for the Data Analytics BBA concentration and revision of BBA general education

- Team and Entrepreneurial Collaboration Space renovation (HC 3rd floor)

- Six new online courses

- The majority of courses converted to hybrid mode

- Core data analytics course added

- Data Analytics Concentration approved

- Insurance Certificate Program and Certified Global Business Professionals training launched

- Mechanism established for reporting IC citation statistics and evidence of impact

- Journal list/rankings adopted

- Reward point system and requirements for the SA/SP status defined in the Faculty Handbook

- New marketing campaigns for IB and EI concentrations

- New website deployed in Spring 19
- Active presence on social media; number of followers tracked

- Creation of the Student Business Accelerator Fund

 

Plans

-Major Henderson renovation

- Measure/monitor student satisfaction with the advising system

 

-MBA online program Fall ‘20

- Next formal review of coordination and content of courses in 2022

- Implement the DA concentration

- All program core courses available in alternative format, with Online delivery of an entire BBA program (GB emphasis) by Fall 2022

- Increase the efficiency of the IC impact assessment and reporting mechanism to better demonstrate impact

 

- Complete the creation of a standing SOBU advisory board

- Offer the Brazil-based version of BU406 IBEE

- Seek NIBS accreditation

- Strengthen the connections with Washburn Tech, community colleges, high schools for recruitment purposes

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