Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Handbook

(February 2014)

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
    1. Vision Statement
    2.  Purpose and Mission
    3. Implementation
    4. Educational Objectives
    5. Accreditation
    6. Policy Changes
     
  2. Curriculum
    1. Foundation (Leveling) Courses
    2. Core Courses and Prerequisites
    3. Design Elements for Core Courses
      1. Course Syllabus
      2. Course Learning Objectives
      3. Course Evaluations and Measure to Minimize Grade Inflation
      4. Student-Faculty Interaction
      5. Preventing Cheating During Exams
      6. Policy on Electronic Devices
       
    4. Areas of Concentration
    5. Course Scheduling
    6. Internships
    7. Masters Research
    8. Transfer, Waiver, and Substitution of Courses
    9. Proposals for Curriculum Change
     
  3. Admission
    1. Application Package
      1. Students with English as a Native Language (Domestic Students)
      2. Students with English as a Second Language (Normally International Students)
      3. Conditional Admission (exceptions for the GMAT or GRE)
      4. The MBA program does not accept Non-English-Speaking Students
       
    2. Timing of Application Submission
    3. Admission Criteria
    4. Classification of Students
     
  4. Student Policies and Information
    1. Registration Priority
    2. Costs and Fees
    3. Cheating
    4. Satisfactory Academic Performance
    5. Incompletes ("I")
    6. Advising and Mentoring
    7. Adding a Concentration
    8. On-Campus Students/Virtual Courses
     
  5. Administrative Duties and Responsibilities
    1. MBA Committee
    2. Participating Faculty (Teaching in the MBA Program)
    3. MBA Graduate Coordinator
    4. Department Heads
    5. Dean of College of Business and Entrepreneurship 
    6. MBA Graduate Faculty (As a Group)
    7. Alumni Association
     
  6. Academic Qualification
    1. Academically Qualified and Professionally Qualified
    2. Qualifications to Teach in MBA Program
     
  7. Assessment and Improvement
    1. Background and Introduction
    2. Program Entry Assessment (Benchmark)
    3. Program Exit Assessment
      1. Assessment Tests
      2. Survey of Graduating Students
       
    4. Student Evaluation of Instruction
    5. Post-Graduate Assessment (Alumni Survey)
    6. Assessment Test Administration 
      1. Information for Students
      2. Information for Faculty
      3. Test Time-Line and Duties
      4. Assessment Test Retakes
       
    7. Assessment Analysis
      1. Initial Analysis
      2. Corrective Action
      3. Documentation 
       
     

I. Overview

A. Vision Statement

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.

B. Purpose and Mission

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.

C. Implementation

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.

D. Educational Objectives

Goal 1:  Graduates of the MBA program will integrate concepts from the Business Disciplines
Objective:  Demonstrate comprehension and application of the functional areas of business: accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing

Goal 2:  Graduates of the MBA program will be effective and persuasive communicators
Objective: 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 solvers
Objective: 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 leaders
Objective:  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 environment
Objective: 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 environment
Objective: Demonstrate an understanding and application of the legal environment and of social responsibility and ethical issues facing businesses today.

E. Accreditation

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.

F. Policy Changes

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.

II. Curriculum

The FHSU MBA Consists of 34 semester credit hours--25 hours of core and 9 hours of concentration courses or electives.

A. Foundation (Leveling) Courses

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 Principles
GBUS 803: Accounting Theories and Practices
GBUS 804: Financial and Quantitative Methods

B. Core Courses and Prerequisites

All MBA students are required to take the following MBA Core courses:

MBA 800: Graduate Success Lab
MBA 811: Advanced Managerial Accounting

  • Prerequisite is completion of GBUS 803 or
  • Equivalent undergraduate courses

MBA 812: Marketing Management

  • Prerequisite is completion of GBUS 802 or
  • Equivalent undergraduate courses

MBA 813: Information Systems for Management
MBA 814: Business Research and Quantitative Methods

  • Prerequisite is completion of GBUS 804 or
  • Equivalent undergraduate courses

MBA 815: Managerial Economics

  • Prerequisite is completion of GBUS 801 or
  • Equivalent undergraduate courses

MBA 816: Advanced Corporate Finance

  • Prerequisite is completion of GBUS 804 or
  • Equivalent undergraduate courses

MBA 817: Strategic Management

  • Prerequisite is completion of all other Core Courses or
  • Completion of all other Core Courses concurrently with this course

MBA 831: Leadership and Organizational Behavior

  • Prerequisite is completion of GBUS 802 or
  • Appropriate undergraduate course (MGT 301)

 

C. Design Elements Common to All Core Courses

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:

1. Course Syllabus

Every core course (and every MBA course) should comply with the format of the officially adopted Standard Syllabus.

2. Course Learning Objectives

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.

3. Course Evaluations and Measures to Minimize Grade Inflation

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:

  • That there be a monitoring mechanism to ensure that the proper learning experiences occur
  • That course syllabi, examinations and projects should be regularly reviewed to see that learning experiences are included to prepare students to accomplish learning goals.

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.

4. Student-Faculty Interaction

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:

  1. Class discussions
  2. Opportunities for students to ask for clarification
  3. Faculty feedback on student work
  4. Discussion boards
  5. E-mail or telephone correspondence

5. Preventing Cheating During Exams

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:

  • Ensure that students put their book bags and other belongings in the front of the class prior to taking exams. This will prevent access to unauthorized items.
  • If possible, seat students with space between them to prevent glancing at other's papers,
  • Prohibit the use of cell phones, electronic translation devices, and other electronic devices during exams.
  • If cheat sheets or equation formulas are allowed, check them for conformity to established rules.
  • Do not leave the exam area or leave students unsupervised during exams.
  • Use new exams or tightly control exams so that unauthorized copies are not available to students.
  • For online courses, consider requiring proctors for exams, in accordance with COBE proctor guidelines.

6. Policy on Electronic Devices

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.

D. Areas of Concentration

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

    • Accounting (for undergraduate accounting majors or equivalent)

On-Line Only

    • Management Information Systems
    • Information Assurance
    • Sports Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Leadership Studies
    • Health Care Management

On-Line or On Campus

    • Finance
    • International Business
    • Marketing
    • Tourism and Hospitality Management

The FHSU MBA is an innovative program that consistently strives to add additional areas of concentration wherever and whenever resources and demand permit.

E. Course Scheduling

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.

F. Internships 

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. 

G. Masters Research

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 comprehensive exams or regular course work but may provide additional credit beyond the minimum required for opportunity if approved by advisor. 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).  Research performed in a role as a graduate assistant would not be accepted. 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:

  • the faculty member and student both share interest in a common topic,
  • the student has outstanding research, writing, and communication skills,
  • the faculty member has the time for the project.

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.

H. Transfer, Waiver, and Substitution of Courses:

  • Requests for transfer, waiver, or substitution of any MBA Courses should be submitted through the MBA Graduate Coordinator to the MBA Committee for approval.
  • No more than nine credit hours will be considered for transfer, waiver, or substitution.
  • Students are expected to complete their graduate coursework using FHSU courses.

I. Proposals for Curriculum Change

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.

III. Admission

A. Application Package

A Complete Application Package depends on the applicant's ability to speak English and will include the following:

  1. Students with English as a Native Language (Domestic Students)
    • Paid graduate application.
    • Current resume
    • Official transcript(s) in English for all undergraduate and graduate course work.
    • Official scores for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
    • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Personal Statement from student that states:
      • Reason for seeking an MBA at FHSU.
      • Professional or career goals.
      • Description of prior work experience.
      • A statement of whether student is applying as an On-Campus or On-Line Student.
       
    • Other requirements as specified by the FHSU Graduate School.
     
  2. Students with English as a Second Language (Normally International Students)
    • All material required of Domestic Students, plus
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550 or
    • Other proof of ability to speak and understand English acceptable to the MBA Committee
     
  3. Conditional Admission (exceptions for the GMAT or GRE)
    A foreign student living in a country in which the GMAT or GRE is not available may apply for conditional admission. The following conditions apply:
    • The student must live in a country in which the GMAT and GRE are unavailable. Requests from students with limited access to these exams will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the MBA Committee.
    • The student must apply and provide all other admission materials by the applicable deadlines.
    • If granted conditional admission, the student must take and report their GMAT or GRE score no later than the end of the first semester of enrollment. Failure to do so may result in automatic dismissal from the program. In any case, students who fail to comply with this requirement may not enroll in any MBA classes for credit until the deficiency is remedied.
     
  4.  The MBA program does not accept Non-English-Speaking Students

B. Timing of Application Submission

  • Applications are accepted for admission throughout the year.
  • A Complete Application Package should be received by the MBA Graduate Coordinator no later than sixty (60) days prior to the commencement of course work.

C. Admission Criteria

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.

D. Classification of Students

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.

IV. Student Policies and Information

A. Registration Priority

MBA students have first priority in registering for MBA courses.

B. Costs and Fees

Students may be admitted into the MBA Program and pay fees according to the following table:

Classification
Residence Status
Kansas Resident
Contiguous State (Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma)
Other
On-Campus
Graduate Resident Tuition for on-campus classes; On-Line Tuition for virtual classes Graduate Contiguous State Tuition for on-campus classes; On-Line Tuition for virtual classes Graduate Non-Resident Tuition for on-campus classes; On-Line Tuition for virtual classes
On-Line
(May not take on-campus classes)
On-Line MBA Tuition for all classes On-Line MBA Tuition for all classes On-Line MBA Tuition for all classes

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.

C. Cheating

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 MBA 800 course.

D. Satisfactory Academic Performance

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.

E. Incompletes ("I")

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.

F. Advising and Mentoring

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.

G. Adding a Concentration

Any student wanting to change their program of study to extend graduation must formally contact the MBA Coordinator by the following dates:
March 1 (spring graduate)
July 1 (summer graduate)
October 1 (fall graduate)

In a student’s final semester, program of study changes will not be allowed after these dates.

H. On-Campus Students/Virtual Courses

Based on admission applications, students who apply to take their classes at the FHSU Hays, Kansas campus are considered on-campus students. These students should enroll in on-campus sections of MBA courses. On-campus students wanting to take a virtual class must have permission from their advisor. In the case of a course only being offered online, an on-campus student can enroll in the course.

V. Administrative Duties and Responsibilities

A. MBA Committee

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:

  • With respect to Administration, Policy, and Procedure:
    • Consider and recommend changes in MBA policy and procedure.
    • Review and update this MBA handbook.
    • Review and update the MBA Web Page.
    • Review and update the MBA Course Catalog.
    • Maintain an up-to-date MBA affinity diagram.
    • Help prepare and evaluate MBA Program marketing materials.
     
  • With respect to Curriculum
    • Meet as required with all necessary faculty in a collaborative effort to resolve issues or deficiencies revealed through the assessment process.
    • Approve all requests for waiver or exemptions of the curriculum or foundation courses submitted by individual MBA students.
    • Approve any non-FHSU course to be used as credit toward the MBA degree, including transfer and substitute credits.
    • Determine the course rotation schedule sufficient to allow graduation from the program within a two-year period.
     
  • With respect to Admission
    • Design an admissions policy and an administrative procedure to handle admissions to the MBA program.
    • Review special situations such as students requesting conditional admission because they are unable to take the GMAT or GRE, students who request certain waivers of requirements or courses, or students who fail to meet automatic admission criteria
     
  • With respect to Student Policies and Information
    • Determine policy with respect to grading, including what constitutes a passing grade and how incompletes are to be made up.
     
  • With respect to Assessment
    • Design and conduct an effective assessment program.
    • Prepare a rubric for use in evaluating the Assessment Case components (written presentation, oral presentation, and group work).
    • Prepare, administer, and process alumni and employer surveys.
    • Add additional questions to the Student Evaluation for assessment purposes, as desired.
    • Determine passing scores for MBA assessment exams.
    • Hold an annual assessment meeting.
     

B. Participating Faculty (Teaching in the MBA Program)

  • Meet the requirements to be either MBA Academically Qualified (MBA-AQ) or Professionally Qualified (PQ).
  • Assist the MBA Committee in implementing course, curriculum, and program changes as suggested by the assessment process.
  • Incorporate opportunities for student-faculty interaction into course design.
  • Maintain academic standards of the MBA program when teaching MBA courses.
  • Complete the Incomplete form on Lotus Notes Workflow as required.
  • Participate in Case Assessment Teams as assigned.
  • Act as a secondary mentor for students wishing to discuss areas of interest, careers, etc.

C. MBA Graduate Coordinator

  • Serve as a member of the MBA Committee.
  • Take, distribute, and maintain a file of the minutes of all MBA Committee Meetings and MBA Committee decisions.
  • Accept requests for waivers or substitutions of MBA Core courses and forward these requests to the MBA Committee for approval.
  • Accept and process applications for admission to the MBA program:
    • Apply automatic acceptance criteria as established by the MBA Committee.
    • Forward non-conforming or marginal applications to the MBA Committee for a decision.
    • For students who are conditionally admitted because the GMAT or GRE is unavailable in their country, maintain a suspense file to assure that the tests are taken by the end of the first semester of the conditional admission or to ensure that students who fail to comply with the submission requirement are not allowed to enroll in future MBA classes.
     
  • Maintain files or data bases containing:
    • Summaries of all assessment exam and case (scores).
    • Spreadsheet containing admission, grade, and assessment data (to be used for periodic analysis)
    • Exit Surveys and Alumni Surveys.
    • Obtain from the Alumni Association, a list of MBA graduates and their contact information (To be used for Graduate Alumni Survey).
    • The minutes of all MBA Committee meetings and summaries of MBA Committee decisions, whether made in committee or on-line.
    • Student applications.
    • Results of MBA assessment meetings--problems and corrective actions.
     
  • Act as primary advisor and contact point to assist students in enrolling for classes, planning their course schedule, and similar administrative matters.

D. Department Heads

  • Consider teaching requirements of MBA courses in assigning faculty teaching loads.
  • Participate in academic appeals made by MBA students.
  • Assist the MBA Committee in implementing course, curriculum, and program changes as suggested by the assessment process.
  • Choose or provide procedures for the choice of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs).

E. Dean of College of Business and Entrepreneurship

  • Propose changes to and charge MBA Committee with tasks necessary to assure continuous improvements and alignment with AACSB Accreditation Standards.
  • Participate in academic appeals made by MBA students.
  • Convene meetings of the MBA Graduate Faculty as is required.
  • Assist the MBA Committee in implementing course, curriculum, and program changes as suggested by the assessment process.
  • Approve changes in MBA program policy and procedure.

F. MBA Graduate Faculty (As a Group)

  • Vote on all proposed changes in MBA Program Policy. Only changes approved by the MBA Graduate Faculty are official and binding.

G. Alumni Association

  • Maintain a current list of MBA graduates, along with their contact information.

VI. Academic Qualification

A. Academically Qualified and Professionally Qualified

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)

B. Qualifications to Teach in MBA Program

The following faculty qualification standards will be maintained by the MBA program:

Summary of Required Teacher Qualifications
Course(s)
Teaching Qualification

MBA Core Courses (excluding MBA 800):

  • MBA 811 (Advanced Managerial Acctg.)
  • MBA 812 (Marketing Management)
  • MBA 813 (Info. Systems for Management)
  • MBA 814 (Bsns. Research & Quant. Mthds.)
  • MBA 815 (Managerial Economics)
  • MBA 816 (Advanced Corporate Finance)
  • MBA 817 (Strategic Management)
  • MBA 831 (Leadership and Org. Behavior)
 
MBA-AQ and MBA Graduate Faculty
MBA 800 (Success Lab) AQ, PQ, or MBA-AQ and MBA Graduate Faculty

MBA Foundation Courses:

  • GBUS 801 (Survey of Economics)
  • GBUS 802 (Management and Mktg. Concepts)
  • GBUS 803 (Accounting Theories and Practice)
  • GBUS 804 (Financial and Quant. Methods)
 
AQ or PQ, or MBA-AQ and MBA Graduate Faculty

MBA Concentration (Elective) Courses:

  • Leadership Studies
  • International Business
  • Information Assurance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Hospitality Management
  • Health Care Management
 
AQ or PQ or MBA-AQ and MBA Graduate Faculty
A minimum of 75% of all coursework taken by an MBA student in the core and concentration areas (excluding Success Lab and Foundation Courses) must be offered by AQ and MBA-AQ faculty.

VII. Assessment and Improvement

A. Background and Introduction

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.

B. Program Entry Assessment (Benchmark)

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.

C. Program Exit Assessment

1. Assessment Tests

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:

  • MFT evaluates the students' functional knowledge and critical thinking skills.
  • Proficiency Profile evaluates critical thinking, reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Other knowledge and skills as determined by FHSU MBA Committee.

From the semester a student finishes their last class on the program of study, he/she has one year to take comprehensive exams. 

2. Survey of Graduating Students

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 attitudes.
  • Teaching quality.
  • Mentoring and Advising.
  • Curriculum.
  • Possible areas of Program Improvement.

D. Student Evaluation of Instruction

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.

E. Post-Graduate Assessment (Alumni Survey)

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:

  • Effectiveness of the program in preparing students for the workplace.
  • Potential new courses.
  • Program strengths and weaknesses.
  • Possible curriculum changes.

F. Assessment Test Administration

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.

  1. Information for Students
    • Descriptions of all tests (MFT, PP, and MBA Post Test)
    • Sample questions for all tests
    • Study aids--PowerPoint slides from MBA courses
    • Proctor form
    • FHSU Academic Honesty Policy
    • Notice to online students of deadlines for finding proctors
    • Announcement of dates and times of tests and materials allowed
     
  2. Information for Faculty
    • Instructions for on-campus proctors (to be send when proctors are assigned)
    • Instructions for online proctors (to be sent as email when virtual proctors are assigned)
     

 3. Exam Time-Line and Duties

When
Who
What
Mid Feb/Sept Assessment Coordinator Schedule Lab for On-Campus exams for Friday of 2nd week of April/November
Mid Feb/Sept MBA Coordinator Prepare list of students who intend to graduate (categorized by on-line or on-campus) and send to Assessment Coordinator    
Mid Feb/Sept Assessment Coordinator Send student count to Dean's office so MFT and PP exams can be ordered from ETS
End of Feb/Sept Dean's Office (secretary) Order appropriate number of on-line MFT and Proficiency Profile exams from ETS
End of Feb/Sept Assessment Coordinator
  1. Enroll all MBA students taking the exams in the MBA Comprehensive Exam Blackboard site
  2. Post announcement on MBA Comprehensive Exam Blackboard site giving exam date, requirement for on-line students to find a proctor and fax Proctor forms to MBA Coordinator no later than end of Feb/Sept, where to find the proctor form (on MBA Comprehensive Exam Blackboard site), etc.
 
Mid Feb/Sept Assessment Coordinator As soon as the exam order is filled, create cohorts for MFT and Proficiency Profile exams; assign virtual students to authorization codes; print authorization-code cards (one card per student) for on-campus MFT exam administration (on-campus students need not be assigned authorization codes until exam day at which time they are handed an authorization code as they enter the lab); create student sign-in sheet with student names & authorization codes for student sign-in on exam day
End of Feb/Sept Student Deadline for on-line students to find proctor and fax Proctor Forms to MBA Coordinator
End of Feb/Sept Assessment Coordinator Send warning e-mail to all students who have not yet faxed in their Proctor forms
Early Mar/Oct Assessment Coordinator Send names, e-mail address, and other contact information of proctors, along with student name(s) associated with each proctor to Assessment Coordinator
Mid Mar/Oct Assessment Coordinator Assign user name and password for on-line MFT and Proficiency profile for proctors and send e-mail to on-line proctors (see MBA Comprehensive Exam Blackboard site) containing exam period, authorization codes for MFT, session number for Proficiency Profile, user name and password, and instructions for accessing and proctoring the exams; send e-mail containing FHSU Post-Test password to on-line students
Mid Mar/Oct MBA Committee Chair Chair Find Proctor and exam setup volunteers for on-campus exams and send instructions via e-mail (See MBA Comprehensive Exam Blackboard site) to all volunteers
Test Day Proctors, set-up personnel, and students Set up, proctor, and take exams as outlined in instructions—on-line students have the entire second week of April/November to complete the exams. On-campus students take the exam on Friday of second week of April/November

4.  Comprehensive Exam Retakes

Students who fail the Comprehensive Exam will be allowed one retake at their own expense. The MBA committee will determine the following:

  • Courses (if any) that must be taken or other recommendations to improve deficiencies.
  • A suspense date for the retake (last date the exam can be taken)
  • The type of retake (could be the entire battery of exams, a new version of the FHSU Post Test, a short case, or other type of exam).
  • Location and conditions of the retake (on or off campus, how proctored, etc.).

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.

G. Assessment Analysis

1. Initial Analysis

Annually, the MBA Committee will hold an initial assessment meeting. This meeting will review the following items (provided by the MBA Coordinator):

  • Results from the MBA pretests from Graduate Success Lab
  • Assessment test results for the last 6 semesters
  • Results of assessment activity
  • Graduate survey results for the past year
  • Student evaluation forms from courses for the past year
  • Post Graduate Assessment Survey

2. Corrective Action

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.

3. Documentation

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.