Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Learning Goals and Objectives
The Huntsman School has two MBA programs: the full-time MBA and the Professional (part-time) MBA. Both programs share a common set of learning goals and objectives which can be viewed by clicking the goals listed below.
L1.1 Students will demonstrate an understanding of leadership in organizations, including how people are influenced and the management of systems and information.
L1.2 Students will demonstrate mastery of ethical reasoning and judgment in addressing complexities in life and the social environment of business.
L2.1 Students will utilize accounting information to make managerial decisions and foster the success and profitability of an enterprise.
L2.2 Students will utilize financial tools and information to make managerial decisions and foster the success and profitability of an enterprise.
L2.3 Students will utilize operations strategy and tools to make managerial decisions and foster the success and profitability of an enterprise.
L3.1 Students will leverage an international experience to demonstrate understanding of political, economic, and cultural factors that shape the global business environment.
L4.1 Students will integrate knowledge of enterprise creation, marketing, strategy, and growth.
L5.1 Strategic Business Development and Venturing: Students will exercise advanced venturing skills, competencies, and strategies related to the creation of new enterprises.
L5.2 Finance: Students will utilize advanced financial skills and techniques (e.g. fixed income, investments, and derivatives) applicable to executive level financial analysis.
L5.3 Business Analytics: Students will utilize data management, visualization, and analysis tools to inform decision making.
After the development of the Huntsman School's principal goals and objectives, an extensive mapping process was conducted in order to link the objectives to specific departments, classes, and programs. For every goal and subsequent objective, the School is always aware of what class is principally charged with assessing student development in the respective area. A complete outline of this mapping procedure is seen below.
|Master of Business Administration|
L1: MBA students will develop a comprehensive understanding of
L2: MBA students will develop proficiency in fact-based
L3: MBA students
L4: MBA students will acquire the business and personal skills that will allow them to envision possibilities, mobilize resources, and create value in new and existing organizations.
L5: MBA students will gain proficiency
|Course||Objective 1||Objective 2||Objective 1
||Objective 3||Objective 1||Objective 1||Objective 1||Objective 2||Objective 3|
|Global Learning Experience||M||L||L||L||L||H||L||L||L||L|
|(H) High focus in this course, (M) medium focus in this course, (L) low focus in this course.|
Huntsman graduate programs primarily use course embedded measurements.
Additionally, surveys are regularly administered to receive timely feedback from our different customers. Student Satisfaction Surveys, Alumni Satisfaction Surveys, and reports from the University Analysis, Assessment and Accreditation Office received by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business are all utilized as indicators of the program’s performance. Data from these additional resources are forthcoming and will be posted as they become available.
A detailed overview of the assurance of learning plan and results is available at the following visualization links:
Closing the Loop (Continuous Improvement)
By analyzing the data generated by the assurance of learning (AoL) process, the Huntsman School has been able to make changes to curricula that have had an impact on student learning. Some of these changes have been large, structural changes such as targeted acquisition of certain faculty or curriculum changes; others have been small--at the individual course or instructor level. A few of the more prominent results include:
- Students did not perform as well in the ethical leadership learning goal (L1) as we would like to see. These results warrant changes to help students develop the skills to show mastery of the objective. Changes that have been made include incorporating more goal-setting for behavior change as a result of what knowledge students are obtaining, incorporating feedback tools for students to assess progress in actual behavior, more explicit assignment instructions, and topic presentation.
- Overall performance in the analytical rigor learning goal (L2) is strong, warranting no major changes. Many students work together on assignments benefitting from group interaction. Examinations are rigorous to help differentiate student learning, ability, and application of the material. Small changes in presentation of topics and time spent on each topic will be made to try to meet the needs of each unique student class.
- The global vision learning goal (L3) assessment put in place for the 2011 trip was a pilot, but the results are encouraging. Students improved their understanding of the Demography/Business Landscape, the Political/Economic Environment, and the Cultural Environment. Mean score rose from 2.07-3.67.
- The entrepreneurial spirit learning goal (L4) assessment analysis has shown student performance to be consistently high. Small changes to the topic presentation, examination process, and relevance are ongoing. No major changes are anticipated at this time.
- The results of the specialized knowledge learning goal (L5) assessment revealed that, although students have consistently scored highly on the overall learning objective, they have performed relatively poorly on the finance emphasis. These results warrant changes that need to be made to improve student mastery of the learning objective. Changes that have been made include additional time spent assessing the level of the student class, developing a practice set, more detailed explanations and reviews, among others.