Business division holds meeting

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University’s Division of Business held its second annual division meeting last week with faculty members representing each of the campuses that employs full-time business professors.

All of Plainview’s business faculty attended as well as representatives from Phoenix and Sierra Vista, Ariz., Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska, Clovis, N.M., Hawaii, Wichita Falls, Lubbock and San Antonio. Wayland also has campuses in Albuquerque, N.M., Altus, Okla., and Amarillo.

Dr. Otto B. Schacht, chairman of the Division of Business started the annual meetings in an attempt to better streamline and optimize course offering for the students.

“We are trying to make the educational process better,” Schacht said.

The group spent two days in Plainview discussing course offerings, degree plans, syllabi and course competencies and other matters. The group was specifically looking at changes they may need to make for the 2007-08 academic catalog.

The standardized syllabi and course competencies were enacted after last year’s meeting and have already benefited the division, showing the faculty where students are falling behind system wide. Students are required to take assessment exams covering basic knowledge of each course offering.

“We found some holes where some of the fundamental information is not being retained by our students,” Schacht said.

Schacht said the group will use the information to better target specific goals for each business course throughout the WBU system.

In other business, the group discussed additional online course offerings, as well as the Master of Arts in Management program which, pending approval by the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools, will be offered completely online. Schacht is hoping to have SACS approval no later than the fall of 2007.

The group also discussed the need for changes in the management information systems specialization for the bachelor of business administration degree, as well as eventually offering the MISM specialization online. The possibility of offering a master’s degree in accounting was also discussed as a five-year program. Currently students are required to take more hours in accounting in order to take the CPA exam than are required for the bachelor’s degree.

“So why not go ahead and get a master’s while you are taking those additional hours,” Schacht said.

No decision was made whether or not to move forward with the additional graduate-level course offerings. Schacht said it will take more time and research in order to determine if the plan is feasible.