Relationship to the University's Strategic Direction
The ACE program is designed to meet the following support strategies enumerated in the University's strategic direction:
- Quality of Student Experiences: ensure high quality academic programs, student services and dynamic campus life opportunities
- Develop varied opportunities for the student population to engage in formal and informal student life and learning experiences
- Provide services that meet the needs of a diverse student population
- Develop support systems to advance student learning and scholarship
- Establish systems that foster student success and retention
- Enhance receptivity and knowledge of issues of multiculturalism and globalization
Relationship to the Graham School's Strategic Direction
The ACE program is designed to offer opportunities relative to the needs of the students and the changing needs of the business community as well as to cultivate a community of learning through collaboration.
At the completion of the ACE program, students will:
- Have successfully entered the workforce and society at large
- Have developed the skills to successfully maneuver the "career development" process, both in terms of preparing for one's first career, and for managing subsequent career decisions
- Appreciate the value and necessity of "giving back" to the community as a result of having engaged in service activities
- Understand how professional organizations enhance career potential
- Understand how the Arts contribute to all aspects of life
This program is proposed for students in the GSM. Effective fall 2009, new majors to the GSM will be required to participate in a non-credit program. This program will consist of participation in a series of seminars, experiences, campus art/music shows and events over four years.
Its objective is to provide business students with a career development and experiential learning plan that will assist them in selecting courses, majors, volunteer and for-pay work opportunities that will help them effectively meet their personal and career goals. Complementing the coverage of for-credit business courses, ACE Seminars, which use the combined resources of Career Services and local organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce, address career development topics appropriate for students in each year of their college careers. Events include workshops on time management, career self-assessment, writing resumes, and preparing for job interviews; and experiential events, such as a business etiquette dinner and a dress-for-success fashion show. Additional events include campus art shows, music recitals and theatrical performances.