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The Fort Hays State University (FHSU) MBA will prepare innovative, ethical, problem-solving business leaders who are prepared to meet the challenges of a globally dynamic business environment.
The FHSU MBA is a rigorous program
designed to prepare students for career success by focusing on stated
educational goals and learning objectives to be accomplished through a
series of standardized core courses and additional electives.
The MBA program continues the "high-tech, high-touch" tradition of FHSU. In the finest tradition of accredited programs, students interact with academically and professionally qualified instructors in small classes ensuring that the student is at the center of the collaborative learning experience. All on-campus courses are offered in state-of-the-art mediated classrooms that include internet access, digital document cameras, VCR and DVD players, extensive computer applications, and high-quality digital overhead projectors. Many classrooms also feature individual computer access. The FHSU campus is fully Wi-Fi accessible and the University "laptop initiative" ensures that every student has access to and is trained in the latest computer productivity tools. Virtual courses generally use Blackboard and include a wide variety of innovative electronic delivery methodologies. The program complies with all guidelines of the FHSU Graduate School.
The program provides the flexibility of either virtual (on-line) or traditional (on-campus) formats. Both virtual and on-line options offer affordable education without sacrificing academic rigor. The MBA is an innovative program that offers specializations in several areas (see below) and is constantly pursuing new initiatives. Not all areas of specialization are available on-line.
Goal 1: Graduates of the MBA program will integrate concepts from the Business DisciplinesObjective: Demonstrate comprehension and application of the functional areas of business: accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketingGoal 2: Graduates of the MBA program will be effective and persuasive communicatorsObjective: Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written form through reports, letters, strategic plans, etc.Objective: Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in oral form when making presentations and proposals.Goal 3: Graduates of the MBA program will be critical thinkers and problem solversObjective: Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate, analyze, and synthesize data and information to solve complex business problems. Critical thinking is defined as:"An essential tool of inquiry; purposeful, self-regulatory judgment that results in interpretation, analysis, evaluation, and inference, as well as explanation of the evidential, conceptual, methodological, criteriological, or contextual considerations upon which that judgment is based. … The ideal critical thinker is habitually inquisitive, well informed, trustful of reason, open-minded, flexible, fair minded in evaluation, honest in facing personal biases, prudent in making judgments, willing to reconsider, clear about issues, orderly in complex matters, diligent in seeking relevant information, reasonable in the selection of criteria, focused in inquiry, and persistent in seeking results which are as precise as the subject and the circumstances of inquiry permit. … (from http://www.insightassessment.com/dex.html)"Goal 4: Graduates of the MBA program will be able to work effectively with others as colleagues and as leadersObjective: Demonstrate the capacities to manage, influence, and lead others.Goal 5: Graduates of the MBA program will have the capacity to assess the global business environmentObjective: Demonstrate a comprehension and application of global business issues.Goal 6: Graduates of the MBA program will understand how information technology can be a point of strength for an organization.Objective: Demonstrate an understanding of the connection between business and information technology.Objective: Demonstrate the critical role information technology plays in deploying enterprise initiatives to achieve broad general business goals.Goal 7: Graduates of the MBA program will be aware of the legal, social, and ethical business environmentObjective: Demonstrate an understanding and application of the legal environment and of social responsibility and ethical issues facing businesses today.
FHSU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Business and Entrepreneurship is currently engaged in the AACSB accreditation process.
Changes in MBA Policy must be approved by the MBA Committee, the MBA Graduate Faculty, and the Dean. All Programmatic modifications must meet the guidelines of the FHSU Graduate School and be approved by the Dean. "MBA Graduate Faculty," for this purpose is those full-time participating faculty who teach MBA-prefix classes.
The FHSU MBA Consists of 34 semester credit hours--25 hours of core and 9 hours of concentration courses or electives.
Foundation courses are designed to prepare students who lack adequate background for study in the MBA program. Only students found deficient in one or more areas are required to take a foundation course in each deficient area. The MBA Committee will determine the need for students to take foundation courses as these students apply for admission to the program. Foundation courses may be a precondition for admission into the MBA program. The Foundation Courses are:
GBUS 801: Survey of Economics GBUS 802: Management and Marketing PrinciplesGBUS 803: Accounting Theories and PracticesGBUS 804: Financial and Quantitative Methods
All MBA students are required to take the following MBA Core courses:
GBUS 800: Graduate Success LabMBA 811: Advanced Managerial Accounting
MBA 812: Marketing Management
MBA 813: Information Systems for ManagementMBA 814: Business Research and Quantitative Methods
MBA 815: Managerial Economics
MBA 816: Advanced Corporate Finance
MBA 817: Strategic Management
MBA 831: Leadership and Organizational Behavior
While we envision a diversity of pedagogic approaches, each customized by the expert instructor to meet specific course and MBA learning objectives, each course should contain the following basic common design elements:
Every core course (and every MBA course) should comply with the format of the officially adopted Standard Syllabus.
Each instructor must establish a list of course learning objectives. Learning objectives should be tied to course materials and assignments and should be consistent with the stated MBA program objectives. Learning objectives should be sufficiently general that they can be limited to a small number of items. Course pre- and post-tests should be tied to course learning objectives.
Course evaluations of individual student performance may take a variety of forms (exams, papers, projects, oral presentations, group work, etc.). Regardless of the form, all evaluations should be tied in specific ways to the course learning objectives. AACSB requires:
The MBA Committee will undertake reviews to accomplish the above monitoring function on a periodic basis.Instructors should avoid grade inflation, ensuring that academic standards are met.
AACSB standards state, "A critical determinant of faculty sufficiency is opportunities [for] students to interact with faculty members as part of their educational program. Higher education is more than one-way communication from faculty members to students…." Each core course must be designed to facilitate student-faculty interaction. Key design features include student-faculty ratio (class size), ratio of degrees offered per faculty member (relative to peer institutions), etc. Student interaction could take the following forms:
It is the responsibility of each instructor to ensure that opportunities for students to cheat in a course are kept to a minimum. Some specific recommendations include the following:
A faculty member may, at his/her sole discretion, prohibit the use of computers, cell phones, calculators, electronic translation devices, digital cameras, or any other electronic device either during regular class sessions or during exams or both. The sole exception might be if a student is required to have some device or other special arrangements because of a documented disability. In making the determination with respect to electronic translation devices, in particular, the faculty member should consider the following:a. These devices will typically not be allowed during the students’ assessment exams. Therefore, to allow them in the class could create a false expectation by the student about what he or she will be required to do to graduate.b. One of the major objectives of the MBA program at Fort Hays State University is that students acquire the ability to communicate both orally and in writing (presumably in English). Written communication, as is true with any communication, requires that a student be competent to both send and receive information. Students who are unable to complete exams and assignments written in the English language without the assistance of a translation device may not have met this objective.c. These devices can be used to store course information. And, since this information can be stored in a foreign language, which the instructor may not be able to read, these devices can be used effectively to cheat on exams.Penalties for a student’s failure to comply with the policies regarding electronic devices that are established by the instructor could result in, among other things:a. Loss of use of the device.b. Grade penalties.c. Failure on exams and/or other assignments.d. Failure in the class.Punishments and appeals will be handled through established academic processes and procedures.
A concentration consists of 9 hours in a specialized area. Besides a general MBA, the following areas of concentration (specialization) are currently available:
On Campus Only
On-Line or On Campus
The FHSU MBA is an innovative program that consistently strives to add additional areas of concentration wherever and whenever resources and demand permit.
The MBA Committee will establish a course rotation schedule sufficient to allow a fully-matriculated student to complete all MBA degree requirements in no more than two-years. This two-year rotation does not count Foundation Courses.
Work experience of any kind enhances the
value of the MBA degree. Through work experience, MBA students can
develop contacts that help them to network, learn how classroom concepts
are applied to real-world problems, and gain insights into real
business operations that can improve the classroom learning environment
for themselves and their peers. Temporary work experiences provide an
opportunity for students to exhibit their competence and can often lead
to permanent work. Students may obtain credit for short-term
work experiences through formal internship arrangements. However,
internship credit is available only as an add-on (which will increase
the number of credit hours beyond the 34 hours required to graduate) and
not as a substitute (replacement) for existing courses. There is no
internship credit available in the MBA core. Any internship credit must
be arranged directly with the department head of the core-area of
interest. Students seeking internship credit must comply with the
departmental rules and procedures required for earning internship credit
in that department. Internship credit is made available because
some employers may require an internship arrangement as a precondition
for making temporary employment available. Internship credit is not
made available to fulfill any graduation requirements.
The MBA degree is not fundamentally a research degree--rather, it is a practitioner degree. However, occasionally an MBA student (especially one with the intention to obtain a Ph.D.) may wish to work with a faculty member on a research project. A Research Project is a designed research study and a written report (Masters Thesis) that is conducted under the direction of or with the collaboration of a faculty member. Such a Research Project will not take the place of regular course work but may provide additional credit beyond the minimum required for opportunity. An interested MBA student should declare his/her interest and must arrange to work with an individual faculty member very early in his/her program (first semester). Unless a willing faculty member volunteers to work with the student, no opportunity will either be available or guaranteed. It is expected that the faculty member will only be interested in working with the student if:
Students who declare an interest in a research project late in their program are unlikely to find a willing faculty member. Most faculty members and students should expect that this work will result in a coauthored paper that could be of great value to a new Ph.D. student and the faculty member.
Proposals for course or curriculum changes or changes in or the addition or removal of areas of concentration should be submitted to the MBA committee for approval.
A Complete Application Package depends on the applicant's ability to speak English and will include the following:
The MBA Committee may establish automatic admission criteria and will make decisions on the admission of any student to which such automatic admission criteria do not apply. Admission is competitive and is based on grades, courses taken, GMAT/GRE, and other materials included in the Complete Application Package.
Students are classified, upon admission, as either an On-Campus or On-Line student and as either a Kansas Resident, a Resident of Contiguous State, or a Non-Resident.
MBA students have first priority in registering for MBA courses.
Students may be admitted into the MBA Program and pay fees according to the following table:
All students will pay a non-refundable "Assessment Fee" upon entering the program. This fee covers the costs of Comprehensive Examinations and Assessments. A complete summary of MBA tuition and fees is provided through Student Fiscal Services.
The FHSU University Catalog contains a clear and strong statement on academic honesty. This statement reference is included in the standard syllabus for every MBA core course. The policy includes an extensive list of dishonest academic practices and provides for sanctions (as selected by appropriate classroom instructors commensurate with the seriousness of the infraction) for violations of the policy. The full policy can be viewed in the on-line University Catalog. This handbook, in the "Core Course Design Elements" section above, delineates procedures for preventing cheating during exams as well as a policy for the use of electronic devices in the classroom or during exams. The MBA Committee believes it is vital that student expectations regarding academic dishonesty be clearly communicated to incoming MBA students as early as possible in the program. To accomplish this goal, each student will be presented with a "Statement of Understanding" to sign as a part of their GBUS 800 course.
No grade below C may be applied to graduation. No more than two grades of C may be applied toward graduation. No course taken for Pass/Fail or Credit/No-Credit or audited may be applied toward graduation. Each student must achieve acceptable scores on the MBA Major Field Test (MFT), the ETS Proficiency Profile, and the FHSU Post Test in order to graduate.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of B (3.00) in the 34-hour program courses. If, at the end of any semester, the cumulative GPA in the 34-hour program courses is below 3.00, the student will be given one semester to raise the cumulative GPA to 3.00 or better. If, after that semester, the cumulative GPA in the 34-hour program courses is still below 3.00, then the student may, at the discretion of the MBA Committee, be suspended from the MBA program.
A grade of "I" will be awarded only if the student is prevented from completing a course due to circumstances beyond his/her control (for example, medical emergencies, family emergencies, or military deployment). Students receiving an incomplete must have been passing the course before the circumstances arose that led to the incomplete. Poor performance is not a basis for awarding an "I." Instructors giving an "I" will complete the form provided, setting forth the time allowed and tasks to be accomplished to make up the "I." Students are expected to make up the "I" as soon as possible. Normally, an "I" must be made up within one year and one semester, although the instructor can impose a different deadline. Incompletes not made up by the required deadline will be converted into "U" grades.
All MBA students will receive academic advice from the MBA Graduate Coordinator with respect to administrative details of their program such as course scheduling and enrollment. Each MBA student will be assigned a Faculty "mentor" with whom they can discuss topics such as their area of concentration, career goals and objectives, academic difficulties and success.
Members are appointed to serve on the MBA Committee by the Dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship (Dean). The MBA Committee has the following duties and responsibilities:
A faculty member will be deemed to be Academically Qualified (AQ) or Professionally Qualified (PQ) according to the policies for such qualifications established by the College of Business and Entrepreneurship. (Under Review)
The following faculty qualification standards will be maintained by the MBA program:
MBA Core Courses (excluding GBUS 800):
MBA Foundation Courses:
MBA Concentration (Elective) Courses:
In concept, assessment should efficiently provide easily interpreted, objective, usable program data relevant to longitudinal and cross-sectional program effectiveness. Longitudinal effectiveness is the ability of our program to enhance the knowledge and skill of our students over time—to add value. Cross-sectional effectiveness is the ability of our program to compete with peer programs. Assessment provides benchmarks against which program changes can be measured and evaluated.
Upon entry into the MBA program and in connection with the Graduate Success Lab, each student will take the FHSU Pre-Test. These exams will establish a benchmark against which to compare the post assessment results in order to measure the value added in the program in the functional areas as well as in the areas of reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics. Results (scores) from these exams are maintained by the MBA Graduate Coordinator.
At the end of each semester thereafter, all graduating MBA students, both on-campus and virtual, will sit for two standardized ETS exams—the three-hour MBA Major Field Test (MFT) and the two-hour ETS Proficiency Profile. Students will, on the same date, take the FHSU MBA Post-Test. Students must achieve a minimal acceptable score on these exams to graduate. These exams also serve as part of the assessment process. These exams will be used to assess the following areas:
Each graduating student will complete a survey that seeks to elicit feedback regarding how the MBA program can be improved. Results of this survey will be evaluated by the MBA Committee to determine if improvements to the MBA program can be implemented. Copies of the survey will be retained by the MBA Graduate Coordinator. The graduate survey will assess the following areas:
Student evaluations of instruction will be administered in each section offered each semester. Evaluations will consist of the standard student evaluation of instruction. The MBA Committee may choose to add up to five additional questions to the CourseEval for assessment purposes.
Alumni, having gained the perspective of work experience, are in a unique position to provide meaningful feedback regarding the effectiveness of the MBA program. The MBA Committee will prepare, periodically, a survey instrument designed to elicit feedback from alumni about the MBA program, with the idea that improvements to the program can be made. The MBA Graduate Coordinator will maintain, as well as is feasible, a mailing list of MBA alumni so that the survey can be administered. The MBA Committee will evaluate the surveys. The MBA Graduate Coordinator will maintain a file containing these surveys. The graduate survey will assess the following areas:
All program assessment tests will be administered in on-line format. On campus exams will be administered on Friday of the second week of April and November. Fort Hays will appoint an Institution Administrator (typically Dean's administrative assistant) and Proctor Administrator in accordance with ETS requirements. The duties and responsibilities of these individuals are outlined in the ETS Institution Administrator Manual and ETS Proctor Administrator Manual, both which are available at the ETS website (see admin-mapp.ets.org and admin.mft-ets.org). Off-campus virtual students will take the exams on-line under the supervision of a proctor as provided in the Virtual College guidelines. Virtual students will be responsible for finding their own Proctors. Copies of the FHSU Academic Honesty policy and FHSU Virtual College Proctor Approval Forms (Student Responsibility and Proctor Responsibility) are available at the MBA Comprehensive Exam Blackboard site.
3. Exam Time-Line and Duties
Students who fail the Comprehensive Exam will be allowed one retake at their own expense. The MBA committee will determine the following:
The MBA Committee will inform the candidate in writing (see Sample Notification Letter in section VIII) of their performance on the exam and all relevant conditions and determinations above. The letter will advise students that failure to successfully complete the retake will result in suspension from the program.
Annually, the MBA Committee will hold an initial assessment meeting. This meeting will review the following items (provided by the MBA Coordinator):
If further action is suggested from Step 1 above, the MBA Committee will schedule a meeting with all affected faculty to address the issue. This will be a collaborative effort and could involve faculty from one or several courses. The intention will be to develop program or course modifications to improve the program.
All deficiencies, issues, opportunities for improvement, and all recommended program or course changes involved in the process will be documented and maintained by the MBA Coordinator.
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