Mission Statement

University Hall, home of the College of Business and Management

Our mission is to prepare students for successful business related careers in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Our emphasis is on undergraduate and graduate business education that serves traditional on campus students as well as non-traditional students in Illinois and beyond.  Access for students outside of the Central Illinois region is extended via online degree offerings and outreach to select international student populations. Our undergraduate programs offer selected specializations in Accounting, Economics, Management, and Management Information Systems (MIS) as well as a broader curriculum in Business Administration.

Our graduate program in Accountancy prepares students for professional careers in Accounting; our Master of Business Administration degree program offers an advanced general management education to prepare students for advancement in their careers; and our graduate degree in MIS is designed to enable students to gain technical expertise and organizational knowledge in the application of information technology to solve organizational problems.

Student learning is the highest priority of the college. We achieve this through our continuous review of curricular offerings, an emphasis on student engagement, and effective pedagogy, as well as through a variety of delivery methods such as online, face-to-face, and blended. Our faculty members are academically (scholarly or practicing) and/or professionally (scholarly or instructionally) qualified with appropriate degrees, recent intellectual contributions, generally focused on applied research, and/or professional experience. The college encourages and supports faculty in teaching and scholarship as well as service activities.  The college supports academic organizations and outreach at the local, regional, national, and international levels.



Our emphasis is on undergraduate and graduate business education for traditional and non-traditional on-campus students in Illinois and beyond.

We extend our geographic reach and access through:

  • Online and blended offerings and
  • Actively recruiting international students.

Our undergraduate programs include majors in:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration (on campus and online)
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems (blended)

Our graduate programs include:

  • Accountancy, MA
  • Business Administration, MBA
  • Management Information Systems, MS (on campus and online)

Student learning is the highest priority of the college. We achieve this through:

  • Our emphasis on student advising on campus and on-line;
  • Effective curriculum development, review, and continuous improvement;
  • Regular faculty development focusing on teaching pedagogy and learning technologies;
  • A variety of delivery modes that extend access to higher education; and
  • Student applied learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels (e.g. internships (AST), the Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) Program, and service learning)

Our faculty members are academically and/or professionally qualified (SA, SP, IP or IA) and are predominately participating faculty members:

  • With appropriate degrees and
  • Whose intellectual contributions are generally, but not limited to, applied research, which may be basic or discovery scholarship (often referred to as discipline-based scholarship) and/or applied scholarship (i.e., applied or Integration/application scholarship that synthesizes new understandings or interpretations of knowledge or technology; develops new technologies, processes, tools, or uses; and/or refines, develops, or advances new methods based on existing knowledge) which keep faculty current in their areas of expertise.
  • Who predominately participate in the mission beyond the classroom.

Faculty and staff contribute to the College’s teaching and learning, research and service mission through their participation in:

  • Academic activities (i.e., publications) and/or professional activities (i.e., certifications, experience in a professional context, etc.) and
  • Internal processes that support students, learning, and/or external outreach that contributes to access and the land grant mission of the University of Illinois.
  • External service that supports the mission.
  • With innovative and engaging activities which have impact in the teaching, learning, research, and/or service.

We ensure quality and continuous improvement through:

  • Regular and systematic review of the curriculum to ensure relevance and currency.
  • Assurance of learning in the undergraduate and graduate programs; and
  • Regular review of degree requirements and processes to ensure high quality graduates (e.g. grade and GPA minimums, degree completion requisites, and acceptance of transfer courses)

The college encourages and supports faculty, staff, and student involvement in international engagement, which is innovative and has impact, including: teaching abroad; scholarship with international collaborators; partnerships with international universities; and student travel and study abroad.

The college supports faculty/staff/student academic organizations and engagement with communities, businesses, and other organizations at the local, regional, national, and international levels which are innovative, engaging and have impact.

Adopted November 2012

Updated for the 2013 AACSB Standards