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College of Business Administration [COB] Annual Report on Diversity Cathy L. Z. DuBois, Ph.D. November 10, 2004 Today’s Presentation Includes: Description of Unit Diversity Performance Indicators Participation Rates Leadership Commitment Diversity Competency Level Conclusion

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College of Business Administration [COB]

Annual Report on Diversity

Cathy L. Z. DuBois, Ph.D.

November 10, 2004


Today’s Presentation Includes:

  • Description of Unit
  • Diversity Performance Indicators
    • Participation Rates
    • Leadership Commitment
    • Diversity Competency Level
  • Conclusion
cob description
COB Description


The Kent State University College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management faculty fulfill their charge from the University and State of Ohio by providing high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs by engaging in a combination of instructional, research and scholarship, and service activities. While selected graduate programs encompass national and international clienteles, our programs primarily serve the citizens of Northeastern Ohio. [approved by CAC 4/27/97; revised 2/11/98]

*COB’s mission, vision, and strategic plan are currently under revision


COB Description (continued)

  • Accreditation
  • AACSB1 International Accreditation: Accredited in Business
  • 2000 Carnegie Classification2: Doctoral/Research Universities—Extensive

1The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

2Institutions that award a substantial number of doctorates across a wide range of fields

cob description continued
COB Description (continued)
  • Our Programs
  • BBA in Business with majors in:
  • • Accounting
  • • Business Management (also available off campus at our 7 regional campuses and our LCCC partnership)
  • • Computer Information Systems
  • • Economics
  • • Finance
  • • Marketing
  • • Operations Management
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COB Description (continued)
  • Our Programs (continued)
    • MBA
    • –Full-time
    • –Professional (part-time; 1st two years also available at the Stark Campus and in available at LCCC via distance learning)
    • –Executive
    • MS in Accounting
    • MS in Financial Engineering (joint program)
    • MA in Economics
    • Ph.D. in Business
    • (COB is also involved in the Masters of Information Architecture and Knowledge Management [IAKM])
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COB Description (continued)
  • U.S. News and World Report Ranking:
  • For the third consecutive year, Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is listed among America’s 148 best (out of over 1,200) undergraduate business programs in the country and is the only public business school listed from northeast Ohio.
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COB Description (continued)
  • Our Faculty and Student Body:
  • The COB has 44 TT faculty members, 36 of whom have tenure.
  • Student enrollment for 2004:
  • 2,742 undergraduate students
  • 470 graduate students
student breakdown by gender
Student Breakdown by Gender
  • KSU:
    • 60% Male
    • 40% Female
  • COB:
    • 60% Male
    • 40% Female
breakdown by race cob
Breakdown by Race: COB
  • Undergrad Students

86% White

8% Black

2% International

1% Asian

0% Hispanic

0% Native American

2% Unknown

  • Graduate Students
    • 71% White
    • 3% Black
    • 19% International
    • 1% Asian
    • 1% Hispanic
    • 0% Native American
    • 4% Unknown
participation students attraction
Participation Students: Attraction
  • Undergraduate: Full participation in KSU initiatives; respond to external requests
  • Masters: new association with the NBMBAA National Black MBA Association (new students and mentors)
  • PhD: COB member of Ph.D. Project; routinely recruits Ph.D. students at this conference
participation students retention
Participation Students: Retention
  • Undergraduate:
    • Staff member largely dedicated to retention initiatives (KSU, mentoring)
  • Graduate:
    • Graduate Student Association events
participation faculty staff
Participation: Faculty/Staff
  • COB Deans are strong verbal proponents of diversity in recruiting and hiring; attempt to acquire needed funds
  • HBCUs: Dean Stevens assists Historically Black Colleges and Universities in their accreditation efforts. KSU COB gets increased visibility with newly minted minority Ph.D.s and ABDs.

Leadership Commitment

  • Deans
  • UDAC Involvement
  • Students
  • Faculty/Staff
lc deans
LC: Deans
  • Dean Stevens
  • Associate Dean Marks
  • Undergrad Assistant Dean Sinclair
  • Director Masters Programs Ditchey
  • All state strong support for Diversity initiatives; willing to talk, share information, and consider action plans
lc udac involvement
LC: UDAC Involvement
  • Current:
    • 1 Faculty representative
    • Tenured associate professor
    • No alternate – yet
  • Action:
    • Get 2 more tenured faculty to assist
    • Focus: curriculum and faculty/staff subcommittees
    • Elevate visibility of diversity efforts (CAC, etc.)
diversity competency level
Diversity Competency Level
  • Curriculum
    • Undergraduate
    • Masters
  • Assessment
    • Undergraduate
    • Masters
dcl aacsb standards
DCL: AACSB Standards
  • “Education and management practice indicate that exposure to a variety of viewpoints produces higher quality results. Learning experiences should foster sensitivity and flexibility toward cultural differences….Every graduate should be prepared to pursue a business or management career in a global context. That is, students should be exposed to cultural practices different than their own. The school must document how it achieves diverse viewpoints among its participants and as a part of students’ learning experiences.”
dcl curriculum undergrad
DCL: Curriculum Undergrad
  • Exploring Business: strong:fresh/soph
  • Principles of Management: light:soph
  • Legal Environment of Business: light: junior/senior
  • Human Resource Management: moderate:junior/senior (Only taken by Business Mgmt Majors & Management/HR Minors)
  • Team Project Exposure: varies
dcl ug recommendations
DCL: UG Recommendations
  • KSU Diversity Course Requirement
    • Add general required course incorporating social and workplace diversity
      • Concern: students need broader exposure to diverse groups beyond their ‘comfort zone’
  • COB Undergrad Curriculum Committee
    • Establishing goal statements for BBA degree; will incorporate Diversity
    • Considering course options:
      • New diversity/ethics course required for BBA degree
      • Ways to increase diversity treatment in existing classes
dcl curriculum masters
DCL: Curriculum Masters
  • Leadership & Managerial Assessment: moderate: years 1 or 2
  • Human Resource Management: moderate: years 1 or 2
  • Social Impacts: light: years 1 or 2
  • Team project exposure: varies
  • Is this enough coverage?
dcl assessment
DCL: Assessment
  • Surveys: in place
    • Undergraduate
    • Masters
    • Post-Graduation
  • Propose: Add diversity questions to track diversity attitudes and workplace diversity self-efficacy
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DCL: Assessment
  • Undergraduate Students
    • Exploring Business survey
    • Graduating Senior survey
    • Employment survey (1 and 5 years)
  • Masters Students
    • MBA Graduation survey
conclusion cob
Conclusion: COB
  • Participation Rates:
    • COB mirrors KSU overall diversity
    • COB taking informal initiatives to increase diversity in faculty/staff and students
  • Leadership Commitment:
    • Verbal support for increased visibility and number of Diversity initiatives
  • Diversity Competency Level:
    • COB 2004 plans to implement curriculum and survey initiatives

Thank you!