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Carthage creates new Division of Business

  • Business students at Carthage often make use of the Troha Boardroom inside the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business.
    Business students at Carthage often make use of the Troha Boardroom inside the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business.
    Carthage College
November 01, 2013

Carthage announces the formation of a new academic division: the Division of Business. The Business Administration Department previously was part of the Division of the Social Sciences.

Announcing the change, which takes effect immediately, President Gregory Woodward said it offers significant external recognition and benefits. Most notably, he said, the new division is eligible to pursue prestigious accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is only possible as a stand-alone academic unit. The new structure also opens the door to possible graduate course offerings in business.

Carthage officials expressed confidence that a stand-alone division would aid in the recruitment of business students. Management, marketing, and accounting all were among the top 10 majors of interest among incoming 2013 freshmen.

President Woodward and Provost Julio Rivera made the decision after several conversations with the Business Administration Department, the Division of the Social Sciences, other division chairs, the President’s Cabinet, the Stamats consulting firm, and the Carthage Board of Trustees. In a formal vote Oct. 17, those in the Social Sciences division demonstrated overwhelming support for the change.

“In every conversation, there was widespread support for this new division,” President Woodward said.

The change in structure has no impact on existing curriculum or requirements for business students, he added. Non-business students also retain the same class choices as before.

Business becomes Carthage’s seventh academic division, joining Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Business faculty members will elect a chair for the division at their next available meeting.

After a meeting with President Woodward and Provost Rivera, members of the Economics Department decided it would remain part of the Division of the Social Sciences.