Administration of MBA Program and Coordination of MBA Core Courses: Policies and Procedures

The purpose of this document is to specify the administration of the MBA program and the core course coordination.

I. Flex and Professional MBA Administration

The MBA program is administered by the Associate Dean with responsibility for curriculum and programs and the Assistant Dean or faculty director responsible for Flex and Professional MBA programs.

The Assistant Dean or Faculty Director with responsibility for the Flex and Professional MBA Programs will support the Associate Dean responsible for curriculum and programs in identifying and prioritizing the strategic initiatives related to graduate academic programming. This support includes but is not limited to: serving in an advisory capacity to the Associate Dean; assisting with strategic planning and implementation; and supporting the annual goal setting exercise for curricular improvements to graduate academic programming.

The Assistant Dean or Faculty Director will also assume the leadership for curricular, co-curricular, and programming enhancements of Robinson’s nationally ranked Flex MBA and Professional MBA programs. The responsibilities include but are not limited to: providing leadership for developing and maintaining MBA programs of exceptional academic quality through collaboration with academic unit heads, other members of the dean’s office, and by chairing the MBA Steering Committee; overseeing assessment of the MBA program ensuring that the program meets standards for accreditation and that the outcomes of the assessment process are used for continual improvement of students achieving program learning objectives; working with academic unit heads to assign faculty members to MBA and PMBA core courses including initial reviews of the credentials of part—­‐time instructors, approving assignment of faculty to individual courses, and assuring quality instruction; serving as the faculty face of the MBA programs through interaction with students, attending recruiting events, cohort orientations, graduations, and other special internal and external events, etc. The Assistant Dean or Faculty Director will also chair the MBA Faculty admissions committee, work with the committee to establish and maintain appropriate admission standards, and work with Graduate Recruiting and Student Services to attract and admit
to the program sufficient numbers of qualified students. In addition, the Assistant Dean or Faculty Director will represent the College and serve as the faculty face of the MBA program at recruiting events, graduation events, select co-curricular events, etc.

The administrative responsibilities will also include ensuring the graduate catalog accurately reflects the academic requirements of the MBA degree; as necessary, serving on appropriate University and College committees and subcommittees related to graduate programming; and other assignments as determined by the Associate Dean.

II. MBA Steering Committee

The Dean or the Dean’s designate shall appoint at least one faculty member representing each core course to be members of the MBA Steering Committee. Ideally,
each member will also serve as the course coordinator for the core course that they represent. The MBA Steering Committee will be chaired by the Assistant Dean or
Faculty Director for Flex and Professional MBA Programs. The MBA Steering
Committee will

  1. maintain overall responsibility for program quality;
  2. take measures to monitor classroom activities and teaching techniques used in MBA courses to be able to identify problems and changes that may be needed;
  3. oversee periodic internal and external reviews of the program in order to determine changes that may be needed in the curriculum and the MBA program;
  4. take actions and recommend policies to ensure coordination and integration across courses;
  5. make recommendations regarding MBA Curriculum, including core courses and elective courses to the Graduate Program Council.

Student Evaluation of Instructor Profiles (SEIPs) for both MBA and graduate non-MBA courses will be made available to the Assistant Dean or Faculty Director to assist in the selection of instructors for MBA courses.

The Assistant Dean or Faculty Director for Flex and Professional MBA Programs will work with academic unit heads in making staffing decisions for core courses.

III. Global Partners MBA Administration

The Global Partners MBA program will be administered by the Faculty Director of the program in consultation with the Associate Dean responsible for curriculum and programs, and will undertake for the program the responsibilities described in Section I above. The Faculty Director shall be responsible for coordinating and managing the curriculum with the partner institutions.

The Faculty Director of the program in collaboration with the Directors of the partner institutions, and in consultation with the Associate Dean responsible for curriculum and programs, will undertake for the program the responsibilities described in Section II above. The Faculty Director of the program shall ensure that the program remains aligned with changes made by the MBA steering committee.

The Global Partners MBA Faculty Director will work with academic unit heads to make staffing decisions for Global Partners MBA courses.

IV. Executive MBA Administration

The Assistant Dean for Executive programs or Director of the Executive MBA program, as designated by the Dean and in consultation with the Dean, will undertake the administrative responsibilities noted in section I above. As in Section II above, the MBA Steering Committee will undertake for the Executive MBA program the responsibilities in section II above.

The Assistant Dean for Executive Programs or Director of the Executive MBA program, as designated by the Dean, will work with academic unit heads in making staffing decisions for core courses.

V. MS Program Administration

MS programs (including other specialty masters programs) will be administered by the Faculty Director of the program in consultation with the associate dean with responsibility for curriculum and programs or the head of the respective academic unit, respectively, and will undertake for the respective programs the responsibilities described in Section I above. Faculty directors of MS programs will be appointed by the head of the respective academic unit. Faculty directors, in consultation with the respective head of the academic unit may appoint an MS Steering Committee to provide assistance in executing the responsibilities as described in Section II above.

VI. MBA and MS Core Course Coordination

The core course coordination responsibilities rest with the Assistant Dean or Faculty Director for the Flex and Professional MBA programs or the Program director in consultation with the head of the academic unit for MS programs. These functions may be delegated to one or more faculty members actively engaged in the program.

Core course coordination includes the following functions:

  • Preparing, designating, or updating a model syllabus for each core course.
  • Coordinating the preparation of model classroom teaching materials, model assignments, and all common tests–including the final examination.
  • Serving as liaison between the instructors of core course sections, the MBA or MS Steering Committee and the Graduate Program Council.
  • Coordinating the selection of text materials for the course.
  • Providing orientation for all core course instructors (including all regular faculty, GTAs and PTIs) assigned to teach the core course for the first time, or for the first time in a year or more.
  • Serving as a source of information to external parties concerning the core course.

(Recommended by Executive Committee 4/13/15 & Faculty Affairs Committee 4/14/15)
(Approved by the Faculty of the Robinson College of Business 4/22/15)