Experiential learning is a pillar of the College of Business (COB). From internships to labs to consulting projects, COB faculty members strive to provide students with real-life skills they will use in their careers.
Rethinking an old space
The new labs will be housed in Glass 229, formerly an open access computer lab. The space became underutilized as more students have home computers and laptops/tablets they bring to campus.
The open access lab has been downsized and moved to the COB Student Study Lounge in Glass 436 to make better use of the larger space.
“There is a definite need for more computer classrooms,” said COB Associate Dean Dr. Kent Ragan. “Computers in these labs will have specialized software to be used by faculty and students during class.”
Outside of class time, students in each respective program will have BearPass card access to their computer classroom whenever Glass Hall is open. This will allow them to access the industry specific software to complete projects and assignments.
Learning the tools of the trade
The new Judy and Mike Breeding Accounting Analytics Lab will be geared toward introducing popular industry platforms for accounting analytics and expose students to emerging technologies.
This hands-on experience will help prepare students for technology concepts they will be tested on in the CPA exam, explained School of Accountancy (SOA) Director Dr. Kimberly Church.
“The lab will allow our students to apply what they are learning in class rather than passively absorbing the concepts in theory,” Church said. “This lab will serve as the foundation for experiential learning in the SOA.”
Technology meets design
Like the accounting lab, the Linda Bailey Interior Design Studio and the MFD lab will be outfitted with software that students will use in their careers. The future designers will benefit greatly from learning the ins and outs of computer aided design.
“The process of designing our built environment is becoming increasingly digital,” said technology and construction management department head, Dr. Richard Gebken. “The new lab space in Glass Hall will allow our interior design students to be prepared for successful industry careers.”
The new labs will also bring interior design and MFD students and faculty closer to other COB concentrations and allow for greater opportunities to collaborate.
The MFD lab will introduce students in 11 different classes to the most up-to-date software used by major retailers like The North Face, Kohls and Walmart.
“A major objective of incorporating this technology is to move the fashion industry into a more sustainable, efficient and creative future,” said Interim Department Head of MFD and Associate Dean, Dr. Elizabeth Rozell.
“The impact of this hands-on learning will make our students more marketable and desirable for internships and full-time employment after graduation.”