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What is Program Assessment?

Program assessment can mean different things to different people and in different contexts. In the Manning School of Business, assessment is an ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of the undergraduate and graduate programs and thereby producing the strongest graduates possible.

We want to make our expectations explicit and public; setting high standards for learning quality; systematically gathering, analyzing, and interpreting the data and then reporting the results.

The Assurance of Learning Model

The Manning School of Business has developed a comprehensive model for Assurance of Learning (AOL). The model includes the collaboration of multiple committees that engage in this critical process. The Assessment Committee is responsible for managing the outcomes assessment process. This committee is made up of the Associate Dean and a representative from each of the program areas. This group sets the schedule for assessments and complete the initial evaluation of the results from the learning outcome assessment process. At the undergraduate level, they interact with the UMass Lowell Essential Learning Outcomes Committee to harmonize the assessment schedule and report institutional trends to the School.

Once this committee has analyzed the learning outcome assessment data, they share the summary results with the faculty, and in particular the departments, for consideration of appropriate implementation options for the recommendations. The assessment committee will also share recommendations with the curriculum committee which is tasked with monitoring and benchmarking Manning core business curriculum against our competitor, peer, and aspirant peer schools. The curriculum committee focuses on the integration of concepts across curricula and interdisciplinary opportunities that will support our learning outcomes.

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The Bachelor of science in business administration Learning Goals

GoalsDefinitions
1. Communication SkillsOur graduates shall demonstrate the ability to clearly, efficiently, and effectively communicate business related information in applying both oral and written methods.
2. Analytical SkillsOur graduates shall demonstrate the ability to apply and integrate quantitative and qualitative knowledge and techniques from across all functional areas of business
3. Team ManagementOur graduates shall demonstrate the ability to apply team management skills as both an effective team member and leader.
4. Information Technology SkillsOur graduates shall demonstrate the ability to integrate the use of information and communication technologies to solve business problems.
5. Global AwarenessOur graduates shall demonstrate the ability to identify the global changes affecting business and apply this knowledge in business decision-making.
6. Ethical Reasoning SkillsOur graduates shall demonstrate the ability to apply ethical reasoning and knowledge of social responsibility for personal and professional decision making.

The Master of Science in Accounting Learning Goals:

GoalsDefinitions
1. Disciplinary Knowledge & Analytics Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate quantitative and analytical skills integrating accounting analysis and diagnostic problem-solving skills in order to support management decision-making.
2. Global Awareness Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to assess global accounting principles and issues including their impact on business practice.
3. Ethical Reasoning Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to apply ethical reasoning for personal and professional decision making.
4. Communication & Research Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to clearly, efficiently, and effectively communicate accounting-related information and research in both oral and written methods.

THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN Business Analytics LEARNING GOALS:

GoalsDefinitions
1. Analytical Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate strong quantitative and analytical skills through the integration of business analysis, data management, and diagnostic problem-solving skills in order to support management decision-making.
2. Communication Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to clearly, efficiently, and effectively communicate business-related information by applying both oral and written methods.
3. Global Awareness:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to assess the effect the interrelationships within and across cultures and global communities.
4. Ethical Reasoning Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to apply ethical reasoning for personal and professional decision making.
5. Team Management & Leadership Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to apply team management skills as both an effective team member and leader.

The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Learning Goals

GoalsDefinitions
1. Disciplinary Knowledge Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to implement the technology innovation and entrepreneurship processes from both an academic and applied perspective.
2. Team Management Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to integrate organizational and interdisciplinary team management techniques required to identify, launch and execute innovation products, services, and new ventures.
3. Analytical Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to conduct market research and formulate a sales strategy to successfully position technology innovations for competitive advantage.
4. Global Awareness:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to assess how global competitive and regulatory environments are changing innovation and entrepreneurship processes.
5. Venture Financing Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to appropriately value and finance technological innovations and new ventures.

The Master of science in Finance Learning Goals:

GoalsDefinitions
1. Disciplinary Knowledge Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to integrate financial concepts and techniques in both an academic and applied perspective.
2. Communication & Research Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to clearly, efficiently, and effectively communicate finance-related information and research in both oral and written methods.
3. Analytical Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to access, analyze, and interpret financial data.
4. Risk Management Skills:Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to assess and manage risk in financial decision-making processes.

The Ph.D. Learning Goals:

GoalsDefinitions
1. Proficiency in research:Our graduates will demonstrate the ability to conduct high-quality research relevant to private or public organizations.
2. Effective collaborative research skills:Our graduates will demonstrate the ability to lead and partner effectively in research initiatives with other interested stakeholders, such as economic think tanks and policy institutes.
3. Proficiency in communicating and disseminating research findings:Our graduates will demonstrate the ability to effectively disseminate research findings through effective teaching, publication, and conference participation.
4. Sound ethical perspectives:Our graduates will demonstrate the ability to combine sound ethical perspectives with research issues and approaches.

The Master of Business Administration Learning Goals:

GoalsDefinitions
1. Analytical SkillsOur graduates shall demonstrate analytical skills integrating business analysis, data management, and diagnostic problem-solving skills in order to support management decision-making.
2. Team Management Skills                        Our graduates shall demonstrate leadership and team management skills to implement and coordinate organizationalactivities and manage change.
3. Global AwarenessOur graduates shall demonstrate the ability to assess how global competitive environments are changing business practice.
4. Strategic Management SkillsOur graduates shall demonstrate the ability to integrate business knowledge and management techniques to support strategic planning in a changing environment.
5. Ethical Reasoning SkillsOur graduates shall demonstrate the ability to apply ethical reasoning and knowledge of social responsibility for personal and professional decision making.
6. Communication SkillsOur graduates shall demonstrate the ability to clearly, efficiently, and effectively communicate business-related information in applying both oral and written methods.