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Haworth College of Business receives innovation award

October 20, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- An award for "Innovations in Education for Business" was presented to Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business and two of its faculty members at the recent annual meeting of the deans of the Mid-Continent American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.

WMU was one of three schools receiving awards for projects chosen from a field of 14 entries. The mid-continent region includes Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The award, which includes a cash award of $800, is given to projects that demonstrate and encourage innovation in business education and that exhibit creativity and replicability for other institutions. WMU received the award for "Integrating the Core Curriculum Using Communication Technology: The Haworth College of Business BBA Electronic Portfolio Project," which was written by Dr. Pamela S. Rooney, associate professor, and Dr. Alan I. Rea, assistant professor, both in the Department of Business Information Systems.

The electronic portfolio is a non-graded requirement for the Haworth College's newly-revised undergraduate business degree program. Its purpose is to foster individual and professional growth through the development by each student of a series of Internet web pages that link information about college courses, work and internship experiences, individual expectations, academic majors and professional goals. The portfolio is a cumulative project that serves as one means of demonstrating student achievement as related to the ability to communicate effectively; understand and use computer-based information systems; practice acceptable standards of ethical and professional behavior; and participate in professional development activities

The Haworth College of Business portfolio web site can be found at: <www.hcob.wmich.edu/portfolio>.

The deans' meeting, held in Minneapolis, focused on the role of the business school in local economic development and on innovations in part-time MBA programs.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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