As an accredited professional school, we are dedicated to educating students to become more effective and efficient managers in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors that operate in our complex and dynamic environment. Although each program has unique learning goals and objectives, all the degree programs emphasize communication and quantitative skills, context and external environments, critical thinking and integrative problem-solving, and a working knowledge of the pertinent academic disciplines. The demanding programs in the School build upon the general education curriculum that prospective business and public administration students complete in the freshman and sophomore years. The knowledge and skills acquired in these broadly based programs are enhanced as the student enters the upper level professional programs within the School of Business and Public Administration. In pursuing its educational mission, the school's objective is to be responsive to the needs and desires of its primary service area, as well as the external market. By recognizing this need, the faculty of the school has pursued applied research interests both within and outside the primary service region. These research efforts have been critical to the growth and development of the School and have contributed significantly to the attainment of educational goals of the institution. Overall, research and teaching efforts in the school are designed to reflect ongoing changes in the economy and society.