Adrian College recognized for outstanding undergraduate business programs

Posted Thursday, July 06, 2023

Already acknowledged as a College of Distinction for its impactful approach to education, Adrian College has also recently received specialized recognition in the field of Business.

Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction, said there is a rigorous selection process to be designated as having outstanding Business programs.

“Before granting awards, we conduct a thorough evaluation of the programs,” Schritter said. “We look for qualities such as accreditation, program breadth, advising and mentoring, integration of career services, and successful student outcomes. It’s truly remarkable to see how Adrian College exemplifies these qualities, particularly within the realm of business and management.”

To earn this distinction, Adrian College demonstrated the following indicators of excellence:

• Stability — The School of Business has a long-standing presence, operating for at least 10 years with consistent enrollment and an established number of degrees awarded annually.

• Multidisciplinarity — The School of Business offers majors and minors in three or more distinct disciplines. (Adrian College offers marketing, accounting, and entrepreneurship.) Students across disciplines engage in coursework that cultivates quantitative and qualitative critical thinking skills, as well as critical soft skills like leadership, public speaking, and information literacy.

• Practical Experience — Adrian College’s Business Programs provide students with practical, hands-on experiences through internships and networking events.

• Collaborative Learning — Students within the School of Business engage in collaborative projects with peers both within and outside their majors, utilizing case-method teaching, participating in business plan competitions, and fostering collaboration beyond their chosen field.

• Business Ethics — Adrian College’s undergraduate business programs prioritize business ethics, emphasizing the broader responsibilities of companies toward customers, employees, investors, communities, suppliers, and the environment.

• Dedicated Advising and Counseling — The School of Business offers high-quality academic advising, major-specific advising, and career advising to support students throughout their educational journey.

• High-Impact Practices — Students in the School of Business enhance their undergraduate studies through high-impact practices, including common intellectual experiences, undergraduate research, diversity and global learning, writing-intensive courses, collaborative assignments and projects, service/community-based learning, internships, and capstone courses and projects.

• Industry Connections — Students enrolled in the School of Business benefit from numerous opportunities to establish professional connections in their field through job placement, and networking activities.

“Being designated as a College of Distinction validates our commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience that goes beyond traditional academic boundaries. It affirms our holistic approach to education, which emphasizes not only academic rigor but also engaged learning, vibrant campus life, and a supportive community,” said Andrea Milner, Adrian College Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs.

Milner said she was grateful for having dedicated faculty who continually go above and beyond to deliver exceptional instruction and mentorship.

“As an academic dean, I am incredibly proud of our faculty who continuously inspire and challenge our students to reach their full potential,” Milner said. “Their expertise, dedication to teaching, and commitment to mentoring create a transformative educational experience that equips our students with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world. I would also like to acknowledge our staff and administrators for their unwavering support and efforts in creating an environment that fosters academic excellence.”

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