Mission and Strategy
Our strategic initiatives provide guidance and direction for every decision we make. That includes proposed new courses, experiential learning opportunities, partnerships, and programs. They help us ensure that everything we do moves us toward achieving these goals. Our vision is to provide the best curricular and co-curricular experiences in the nation for our students. The outcomes of these initiatives will result in meaningful careers that will allow our graduates to constantly learn, grow and make a positive impact in the world, both today and in the future.
Offer the best curricular and co-curricular student experience in the nation by focusing on both the academic and the personal experience.
To achieve this, we will:
- Offer new programs, and adapt existing programs, to ensure our students are well-trained and ready to launch or enhance their professional careers.
- Continue to find innovative ways to extend the academic experience beyond the classroom.
- Focus on the whole person by offering co-curricular activities that emphasize leadership development, health, happiness, purpose, community and
- Partner with people from the industry who infuse their experiences to help shape the most relevant takeaways and ensure our curriculum remains business aligned.
Graduate students who are beyond ready to launch and enjoy meaningful careers.
To do this, we must:
- Increase the percentage of our students who have jobs 90 days after graduation.
- Increase the average starting salaries of our graduates.
- Ensure all students have the opportunity for at least one, if not two, internships prior to graduation.
Attract, graduate, and place a high-quality, diverse student body.
- Increasing the number of applications and enrollment of diverse students.
- Increasing the pool of applicants to the School and raising the average ACT score of accepted students.
- Improving the retention rate of enrolled students.
Strengthen relationships with key stakeholders to enhance the reputation and visibility of the School and provide long-term financial sustainability.
To do this, we will:
- Connect with alumni, parents, corporate partners, and friends who can offer internships, learning opportunities, mentoring, and jobs for students.
- Secure additional financial resources to attract and retain well-qualified students and faculty, across a diverse spectrum.
- Secure additional financial resources to support initiatives around curricular advancement, innovative leadership, global preparedness, etc.
- Recognize, celebrate, and publicize the successes of our students, faculty, alumni, and programs.
Promote excellence in teaching and research, which includes our strong links with practice.
Steps towards achieving this include:
- Recruiting, retaining, and developing faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and striving to create an inclusive community for all.
- Facilitating opportunities for faculty to collaborate with businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies.
- Increasing external funding for research.
- Encouraging faculty to increase the visibility of their research to build a national reputation.
- Continuing to support research that produces both rigorous and relevant contributions to knowledge.
- Continuing to support innovative teaching and programs that reflect an integrated skills-based approach to learning.
Learning Goals and Objectives
The FSB has five learning goals. The goals describe what we would like all of our students to achieve by graduation. For each learning goal, we have articulated multiple specific and measurable objectives.
Learning Goal 1: Critical and Creative Thinking
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University will deploy the concepts and skills necessary to analyze and evaluate information and to make informed, creative decisions in complex, data-rich, ambiguous environments.
- Learning Objective 1: Students will render data into useful information for problem-solving.
- Learning Objective 2: Students will develop creative solutions to business problems.
- Learning Objective 3: Students will be able to adapt their thinking appropriately for various contexts.
Learning Goal 2: Technology
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University will be able to use data-rich analytical techniques, technological tools, and computational thinking.
- Learning Objective 1: Students will apply computational thinking to business problems and draw relevant conclusions/insights.
- Learning Objective 2: Students will apply appropriate technological tools in support of business decision-making.
Learning Goal 3: Communication & Collaboration
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University will be skilled communicators who adapt to changing purposes, audiences, and contexts, work well in teams, and use multiple media to communicate in digital, global networks.
- Learning Objective 1: Students will produce professional communications that are effective for audience, purpose, context, and media.
- Learning Objective 2: Students will use appropriate technologies for the design, development, and delivery of communications.
- Learning Objective 3: Students will engage others (e.g., colleagues, collaborators, audiences, communities) to foster productive professional communications and interactions.
Learning Goal 4: Globalization and Diversity
Students will be prepared to function effectively in a competitive business environment because of their awareness and understanding of diversity and its implications for doing business, and their ability to develop solutions to business opportunities and challenges in a global environment.
- Learning Objective 1: Students will diagnose the extent to which diversity and culture have an impact on business operations and decisions.
- Learning Objective 2: Students will adapt their analyses of business opportunities and challenges to incorporate a global perspective.
Learning Goal 5: Ethics
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University will deploy the concepts and skills necessary to make ethical decisions in complex, ambiguous environments.
- Learning Objective 1: Students will recognize ethical issues in business situations.
- Learning Objective 2: Students will apply ethical frameworks to business problems.
- Learning Objective 3: Students will describe the ethical consequences of decision alternatives.
The Principles that Define, Differentiate, and Drive Our Culture
Strategic Innovation and Informed Risk-Taking
- We champion bold ideas and encourage innovative thinking in those around us.
- We take well-reasoned and responsible risk and accept failure graciously.
- As stewards of our organization, we take the long-term view and think about the welfare of others, beyond our own self-interests.
Knowledge Creation and Business Education for Life
- We value the discovery and development of new knowledge through the process of responsible and honest inquiry and curiosity in all forms.
- Our goal is to create intellectual, economic, and social value for the world.
- We are a community dedicated to intellectual engagement.
- We strive to work, act, and live compassionately, demonstrating this through volunteering, service, mentorship, and sharing our resources with our various communities.
Leadership for The Greater Good - "Prodesse Quam Conspici"
- We lead others through our example of integrity, respect, and accountability.
- We demonstrate leadership through our trust, encouragement, collaboration, and empathy.
- By our living, working, studying, and teaching, we bring our unique talents, viewpoints, and life experiences together for the benefit of all.
- We are dedicated to being an inclusive learning environment based upon an atmosphere of mutual respect, which invites all campus citizens to explore how they think about knowledge, about themselves, and about how they see themselves in relation to others.