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Last updated: 11/26/2019
Snow College
Member Institutions by Region -- ACBSP Regions: Western Council - Region 7
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150 E. College Avenue - Box 1019
Utah
84627   [ Map ]
435 283-6879 (Fax)
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United States
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About This Member
  Associate Degree
  Public
  http://www.snow.edu/businessdiv/
  Yes
  R - Fully Reaffirmed
  2009
  2019
  10 Years
  Stacee McIff
  Assistant Professor
  No
 
Best Practices (2)

Standard 3

Team 3 recognizes the Business Program for building relationships with businesses, the Advisory board, high schools and students through innovative programs. The "Power Lunches" serve as a Best Practice traveling to rural service high schools with interns and support staff to promote the business program. The bi-annual travel seminar allowing students to experience travel focused on management, marketing and other business concepts which included the following locations: New York City and Orlando is another opportunity to deliver services to students and stakeholders.
Standard 4

Criterion 4.1 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Snow College is recognized for the use of comprehensive "signature and reflective assignments" over the past four years with clear rubrics tied into the program outcomes which can be considered innovative and for addressing program improvement and support services for students to ensure student retention and completion. The Early Intervention Program also serves as an additional collaborative support system to ensure student success and retention based on assignment completion and attendance.


Strengths (11)
Criterion 1.1 Leadership Strategies

In most interviews and meetings held with the College administrators, staff and students, the Business Unit Dean and faculty were identified as the innovators and leaders on campus. They were complemented on their ability to work with and engage students and others on campus, being "very visual" and in bringing and utilizing new ideas and relationships to the College. The faculty are engaged in campus events, committees, and student organizations that add value to the College.
Categories: Approach, Results
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 1.3 Leadership and Community

The Entrepreneurship Center is the result of a collaboration between the College President, Business Faculty, and the Business Advisory Committee after attending the NACCE conference and recognizing the value of entrepreneurial opportunities. The College committed to staff, space and funding for the center which is now providing students with support in their entrepreneurial efforts.
Categories: Deployment, Results, Improvements
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 2.2 Current Strategic Plan

Two key objectives for the Business Unit were to obtain a "Business Specific" student advisor and to implement an Entrepreneurship Center and hire a director. Both have been accomplished. Interviews with students, faculty, administrators, and staff indicated the benefits of both and add that these added benefit and value to the Business Unit student engagement and success.
Categories: Results, Improvements
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 3.2 Stakeholder Satisfaction

The Business Unit is consistent in using feedback reports from its stakeholders to update and prepare programs and services for its students. Course offerings, tutoring, clubs, advisement, entrepreneurship week, and travel seminars are among the many services the Business Unit offers to ensure student success. A clear evidence of support was the number of small businesses that supported Homecoming events of the College in Fall 2019.
Categories: Results
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner None/OFI

Criterion 3.2 Stakeholder Satisfaction

The Board of Commissioners recognizes the Business Programs for building relationships with businesses, the Advisory board, high schools and students through innovative programs. The "Power Lunches" serve as a Best Practice traveling to rural service high schools with interns and support staff to promote the business program. The bi-annual travel seminar allowing students to experience travel focused on management, marketing and other business concepts which included the following locations: New York City and Orlando is another opportunity to deliver services to students and stakeholders.

Criterion 3.3 Student Support

The "one stop" center, including offices for Enrollment, IDs, Cashier, Financial Aid, Advisement, Tutoring (Trio program), Campus store, Multi-cultural students, Student Life, and the cafeteria, allows students the opportunity to benefit fully from the many services available to them. The College’s Wellness Center and Food Pantry are among the facilities students admitted were very helpful to their success.
Categories: Deployment
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 4.1 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

The use of comprehensive signature and reflective assignments with clear rubrics tied in to the program outcomes can be considered innovative. In meetings with the College President, VP of Academic Affairs, and the Director of Institutional Assessment, they complemented the Business Unit for their innovative approach of improving programs and support services at the College.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 5.1 Human Resource Planning

The Business Unit faculty have opportunity for advancement and promotion through a formalized tenure process that has been recently revised with faculty input; faculty report confidence in knowing their progression on the tenure track by year six.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Improvements
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 5.4 Faculty Deployment

Very few adjunct faculty members are used to teach classes in the Business Unit. Full-time faculty teach all delivery methods offered by the Business Unit and at both College campuses.
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 5.5 Faculty Load

The Advancement and Tenure policies highly encourage faculty to participate on College committees and service. Faculty reported feeling that they had opportunities to participate in committees of interest, as well as the time to devote to the committee and service workalong with their required teaching load.
Categories: Approach, Deployment
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 6.5 Off-Campus Operations and Unique Items

The Richfield Campus is a robust campus, providing comprehensive services to students and faculty.
Categories: Deployment
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 6.9 Educational Innovation

Adopting the Business Ambassadors program provides benefits to both students and the Business Unit for on-campus work and campus-wide exposure to the Business Unit.
Categories: Approach, Deployment
Verified: This Strength was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Opportunities for Improvement (OFI) (10)
Criterion 2.4 Facilities

Housing for the Richfield campus has been a deterrent to growth and student engagement. It would be of benefit to those students to have the College provide appropriate and affordable housing to Richfield students and would help provide growth to the College by enticing students who live far from campus to enroll.
Categories: Deployment, Improvements
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 3.1 Stakeholders

Even though the Business Unit relies on the Office of Institutional Research for deploying and assessing the Graduation Survey, the Site Team found that not much reliable data has been forthcoming. A planned survey targeting the Business alumni might be a better option to adopt.
Categories: Approach
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

The Business Unit is currently working with the Snow College Alumni office to develop a survey. Also, department leadership is investigating ways to use LinkedIn as a feedback channel for alumni.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 3.2 Stakeholder Satisfaction

The Site Team observed that the College does not have an honors society. It is recommended that the Business Unit establish a Kappa Beta Delta (KBD) chapter as an attraction tool and as a means of providing additional benefits and recognition to the business students.
Categories: Results
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 3.3 Student Support

Students voiced concerns about the reliability of the Wi-Fi network system and the affordability and textbook ordering system utilized by the College. A careful review of these concerns and reasonable adjustments would aid in student satisfaction.
Categories: Improvements
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 3.5 Business/Industry Relations

The Business Unit might benefit from expanding the scope of the Advisory Committee to include more members of the small business and industry community. This would give the Business Unit a more rounded look into current business trends as seen by the actual community members rather than just the members of the College community.
Categories: Approach, Improvements
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

To clarify, all department faculty are listed on the Advisory Committee roster and attend meetings, but the meetings are focused on receiving feedback from Advisory Committee members. Those members do represent the small business community in the service region, as well as the larger business community in Northern Utah.

Even though representation on the committee has worked well, the Business Unit plans to contact each industry representative to solicit nominations for new members. Additionally, an annual survey for Advisory Committee members is being planned so more formal feedback can be provided on a consistent basis.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 4.1 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

The Site Team observed that the Business Unit uses students’ grades as a means of program evaluations, a practice which is commonly used by the College. The Site Team recommends that the Business Unit adopt other ACBSP approved means of evaluating and assessing Student Learning Outcomes to conduct program evaluation. On another note, the Site Team found a minor error in the calculation of Table 4.1 – Student Learning Results and this was clearly discussed with the Business Unit Coordinators for correction for which they agreed to act.
Categories: Approach, Deployment, Results, Improvements
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment



Measuring Student Outcomes

Even before the site team visit, the Business Unit understood that ACBSP does not consider the use of grades as a measure of student success. Grade information was initially included as a supplemental reference because grade trends are considered to show additional informative data for strategic enrollment management purposes at Snow College. Using grades as a means of program or outcome evaluation is not a practice performed by the Business Unit. To avoid any confusion, an updated spreadsheet has been generated which does not include the supplemental reference to grades.

The Business Unit has placed great focus on signature and reflective assignments for each class in the program. These comprehensive assignments are the primary measures for outcomes in the program. Rubrics have been developed using best practices from ACBSP, AAC&U, and other respected assessment sources. Outcomes are assessed based on student performance, not on grades. In fact, the site team identified the “use of comprehensive signature and reflective assignments with clear rubrics tied into the program outcomes” as an innovate strength.


Minor Calculation Error

The ACCT 2010 and ACCT 2020 course outcome results contained a very minor formula error. The error has been corrected, and new spreadsheets for the two courses are included. Results narrowly improved by making the adjustment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 4.2 Program Evaluation

The Business Unit would benefit if there was a robust Institutional Assessment Office that could provide much needed data on a variety of topics in a timely manner to support its program reviews and provide aid in continuous improvement efforts.
Categories: Approach, Improvements
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 5.1 Human Resource Planning

The College and the Business Unit may benefit from administering a formalized satisfaction survey to its entire faculty so that the Business Unit can compare the satisfaction of its faculty to the College as a whole and compare results with earlier surveys to identify trends.
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 5.8 Faculty Instructional Development

The College may benefit from shifting online course design training from optional to required for all faculty to ensure high-quality course design.
Categories: Approach
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment

There is no Commissioner note or condition.

Criterion 6.10 Articulation and Transfer Relationships

The Business Unit would benefit from determining other institutions to compare its performance data against.
Categories: Approach
Verified: This OFI was verified on site.
Institution Comment

There is no Institution Comment.
Commissioner Comment