In Jewell’s Department of Business and Leadership we have stressed key strategic initiatives that build on our strengths and inspire us to venture beyond the traditional business education model. We believe this better prepares graduates for the competitive and complex global business environment. Emphasis on strong foundational knowledge — to equip our students with the tools they need to succeed — is coupled with exposure to leadership in the greater Kansas City business community. In the classroom, through internships and in public lectures, William Jewell business students connect knowledge base with the ideas, vision and strategies of the business world at their door.
Experience-based learning, then, is at the heart of our strategic vision, an initiative that we are embedding throughout our curriculum. Research tells us that an experiential, hands-on education is a very effective method of teaching for this generation. Employers tell us they place a premium on job candidates who have experience that shortens their learning curve, enables them to assume a greater level of responsibility earlier, and allows them to contribute to the company from their first day on the job. At Jewell we are heeding both the research and feedback and are providing our students with a variety of experiential learning opportunities. Please read about some of those in this newsletter and let us know what you think. We are excited about what our amazing students are doing and we hope you are too!
Dr. Kelli J. Schutte, Chair of The Department of Business and Leadership