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M. Moshe Porat, Dean
The School of Business and Management is one of only seven schools in the greater Philadelphia area with curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate levels accredited by The American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of business (AACSB) and the International Association for Management Education.
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The School of Business and Management is the primary provider of affordable business education in the Delaware Valley. Following the vision of Russell Conwell, Temple's founder, we have a special role -- providing educational opportunities to working students (both full- and part-time) from a diverse background who have ability and ambition.
Through our undergraduate degree program, we seek to improve business practice in the greater Delaware Valley by graduating students who have the skills to lead and manage profit and not-for-profit organizations into the twenty-first century. We actively involve alumni, the local business community, non-profit organizations, government officials, students, and faculty in a continual review of the programs' curricula to ensure that students' needs receive primary consideration in program delivery.
Our students receive a results-oriented education linking current management theory with practice. SBM graduates will have a firm understanding of the core areas of business and have the ability to respond to organizational problems and opportunities from a total enterprise perspective.
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Special Facilities and Programs
Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD)
Professional development and experience are essential ingredients for all business students. At the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD), students can obtain advice about potential careers and learn how to prepare for them. One-on-one career development advice is available as well as small group workshops designed to help students explore together possible career paths. Resume writing and interviewing skills are also taught on a small group basis with one-to-one follow up. Proficiency in interviewing skills is tested through mock interviews that are video taped and critiqued.
Career Services, Temple's university wide placement assistance office, works closely with CSPD to provide these services. Students can meet with a Career Services staff member in the CSPD offices. This coordination of efforts between CSPD and Career Services allows for "one stop" services for the students and the best opportunities.
Working closely with student organizations and individual departments, CSPD sponsors speakers from the business community, drawn from recent graduates as well as more established professionals. "Business Awareness Events" expose students to a range of possible career paths and job opportunities. Students have the chance to learn first hand how to best position themselves by graduation day to obtain the most meaningful job. Getting a good job requires not only good grades but work experience and extracurricular activities.
Temple's close relationships with the business community provide bridges for professional work experience for students. Students can pursue internships, coops, externships, part-time and full-time jobs. Students work with their student professional organizations and CSPD staff to identify the right kind of opportunity. For more information, call CSPD at (215) 204-2371.
Cooperative Education (Co-op)
The School of Business and Management has a strong Co-op Program that is part of the School's overall student professional development program. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in a co-op experience which integrates an undergraduate academic experience in their field of interest with practical on-the-job experience. Students are released for one semester to participate in a full-time co-op experience while enrolling in an optional 3 s.h. co-op course for academic credit. Students also have the option of participating in a part-time co-op experience while attending school on a full-time basis or participating on a full-time or part-time basis during the summer.
Co-op positions involve working in a responsible capacity in a company or organization that will provide students with an exposure to their major field of study. Faculty coordinators work closely with the University's Co-op Office to ensure an effective match between positions and students. Students who participate in the Co-op Program often receive job offers from their co-op employers after they graduate. Participation in the co-op program also is useful to demonstrate job experience in your field of study in the job search process.
To participate in the University Co-op program, students must:
For more information, please call Debbie Avery in the Dean's Office at (215) 204-3919 or Dan Dawley in the Co-op Office at (215) 204-0499.
Although the school does not give credit for life experience, it does permit students who have gained the knowledge of academic course content through non-traditional means to receive credit by a challenge exam for specific SBM courses, with permission of the department chair, and documentation as to how the knowledge was gained.
If the SBM department chair deems that the student has sufficient background, students may, for a $30 fee, take a challenge exam. If the exam is passed, an additional $30 fee will be charged to post the credits to the student's transcript. Call SBM Under-graduate Student Services at (215) 204-7672 for more information on which courses are available for challenge exam.
The School of Business and Management offers a stimulating Honors Program for students with demonstrated ability. High school students with SAT scores of at least 1200 and who rank in the top 15% of their class and college students with at least a 3.60 grade point average are encouraged to apply.
Students in the Honors Program may earn both Lower-Division and Upper-Division Honors. To receive Lower-Division Honors students who enter the SBM Honors Program as first semester freshmen must complete seven of twelve SBM Honors courses. Students who transfer into the Honors Program must complete a minimum of four courses plus 50% of the courses remaining in the SBM Lower-Division curriculum. Upon completing the Upper-Division requirement students may take an extra Upper-Division Honors course to fulfill the Lower-Division Requirement.
To complete Upper-Division Honors students must take four of six SBM Honors courses at or above the 100-level. One of these courses must be BA 0391. Students may not count more than two Upper-Division Honors courses from any one department. The requirements for Upper-Division Honors apply to all students regardless of how many credits they had when they entered the Program.
Students who enter the SBM Honors Program are encouraged to join the Business Honors Student Association as well as the student organization in their major.
NOTE: Students in University Honors must complete eight University Honors courses. These must include English 0090, and IH 0091 and 0092. Many SBM Honors courses also satisfy University Honors (e.g., Economics 0091 and 0092 and Law 0091). In addition, SBM Honors students receive University Honors credit for one Upper-Division SBM Honors course.
For more information about the SBM Honors Program, please contact Dr. Michael Leeds, Director, SBM Honors Program, 624 Ritter Hall Annex, (215) 204-8030.
All entering freshmen in the School of Business and Management are part of a learning community. Each community consists of four courses: Introduction to Computers and Applications (CIS C055), Law and Society (Law C001), a writing course determined by the student's performance on placement tests (English C050 or English 0040), and the Introduction to Business Freshman Seminar (BA 0050). These courses are scheduled in a block, which students take together as a group. Learning Communities help orient students to Temple University and will help students make friends and build a network for academic and social support.
The Business School's "Introduction to Business Seminar" covers topics including time management, study skills, the BBA curriculum, career planning, business and industry trends, and college life. Students will have opportunities to find out about student organizations, attend special events for business students, and learn about majors and careers in business. Students will also spend time with faculty mentors.
Temple University Learning Communities are designed to ease the transition from high school to college. See that section of the Bulletin or the website: http://www.temple.edu/LC/.
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Honorary Societies, Awards, and Student Associations
Beta Gamma Sigma
The Gamma Chapter of Pennsylvania of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honorary business fraternity, was installed in the School of Business and Management in March, 1935. Membership is limited to seniors who are in the upper 10 percent of their class and juniors in the upper seven percent of their class. The members of Beta Gamma Sigma are elected on the basis of high scholarship. Eligible students will be notified by mail and invited to attend a special induction ceremony. Please contact Debbie Avery at (215) 204-3919 for more information.
Beta Alpha Psi
The Alpha Phi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, national honorary professional accounting fraternity, was installed in the School of Business and Management in April, 1956. The purpose of the organization is to promote an interest in accounting as a profession, to encourage good scholarship and high standards of professional ethics, to acquaint members with recent trends in the accounting field, and to develop qualities of leadership. Temple's chapter has been recognized as a "superior chapter" by its national fraternity.
Invitations to join are issued to selected, advanced accounting majors whose grades are above average. Please contact Dr. David Ryan in the Accounting Department at (215) 204-8131 for more information.
Delta Sigma Pi
All Business students are eligible to become members of Delta Sigma Pi (DSP). This business fraternity selects men and women business students who seek to enhance their classroom education through association with other students in their field. Prospective members receive an invitation to join and complete an orientation program. This student organization sponsors professional programs with tours and speakers in and from the business world; industrial movies; business equipment exhibits; and personal development forums and workshops. Delta Sigma Pi promotes scholarship through the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key (awarded to the graduating senior in commerce and business administration ranking highest in his or her class); by peer study groups in chapters; and through grants and scholarships to qualified members. The Delta Sigma Pi Alumni are very active in the School of Business and Management, offering the Dr. Stanley F. Chamberlin Memorial Award annually, supporting the Center for Student Professional Development, and assisting the current members of the fraternity in their efforts. For more information, please contact Dr. Dunkelberg at (215) 204-6810, or visit the DSP executive officers in Speakman Hall, Room 207F.
Financial Management Association/National Honor Society
Finance majors are encouraged to become involved in the Financial Management Association/National Honor Society (FMA/NHS). This student professional organization offers students the opportunity to meet business leaders in the financial industry, hosts career development seminars, and maintains a resume book. Students must meet admission requirements to join the National Honor Society division of this organization. The Financial Management Association is open to all business majors. For more information, please contact Dr. Puri at (215) 204-6066 or the FMA executive officers at (215) 204-1931.
Gamma Iota Sigma
Gamma Iota Sigma is a national honorary risk management and insurance fraternity. The chapter recently won the most outstanding chapter award from its national fraternity. Please contact Dr. Robert Drennan in the Risk Management and Insurance Department at 204-8894 for more information.
Omicron Delta Epsilon
ODE is a national honor society for students interested in economics, whose GPA is at least 3.0. Membership includes a certificate and a one-year subscription to the American Economist.
The society provides several services: free tutoring for economics courses, economics course advising, and literature on graduate school. In addition, ODE presents seminars on current financial and economic issues with outstanding economists, business men and women, and Temple University faculty.
The society allows people who are non-majors or majors in economics to initiate and coordinate projects while forming a closer relationship with the School of Business and Management. In addition, there are faculty/student social gatherings and an annual spring picnic. For information, contact Dr. Weintraub at (215) 204-1919.
As part of the student's overall professional development, all SBM students are strongly encouraged to participate in student organizations, professional associations and fraternities. All major areas of concentration in the undergraduate curriculum have an associated organization. Freshmen and sophomores can utilize the organizations to find out more about the major fields of studies available to them. They are encouraged to become involved in several organizations if they have not yet selected a major. Juniors and seniors usually become involved in one or two organizations in their major areas of interest.
The student organizations provide an opportunity for students to meet each other outside the classroom as well as to meet practicing professionals from industry and government. Many organizations have an array of social activities that range from fundraising and community service projects to evening gatherings. Involvement in student organizations is a very important part of the student's professional development. Please contact Debbie Avery in the Dean's Office for more information about student organizations at (215) 204-3919.
School of Business and Management College Council (SBMCC)
The College Council is comprised of the presidents from each of the recognized SBM student organizations, associations, and fraternities. Faculty sponsors of these organizations may also attend some of the College Council meetings. The Council's role is to assist the individual student organizations in recruiting members, obtaining funding, sponsoring activities, identifying outside speakers, and communicating with students. The College Council sponsors food drives, student organization fairs, Spring Fling activities, and social events for all SBM students. The Council also works closely with the Dean's Office and The Center for Student Professional Development to identify issues which are of concern to students and the student organizations. Please call (215) 204-8095 for more information.
Office of Undergraduate Student Services
The Office of Undergraduate Student Services provides services at three campuses: Main, Ambler, and TUCC. The Main Campus and Ambler offices are open every weekday as well as during selected evenings. The Center City office is open on selected days and evenings. Please call the appropriate number below for more information.
The advisers in the Office of Undergraduate Student Services can provide information on majors, placement exams and results, course sequence, course load, scheduling, career planning, and academic resources. Advisers can also counsel and, if appropriate, refer students having personal problems affecting their academic performance to other University support services.
The Office of Undergraduate Student Services handles academic advising for all SBM students. All students currently enrolled are required to register during continuing student registration. Main Campus students must attend a registration workshop once a year, at which time students will meet with an adviser and receive individualized information about requirements, course selection, and sequencing for the upcoming semesters. In addition, information will be communicated in a group context about academic support services, new rules and regulations, and deadlines and procedures relevant that particular year. Ambler and Center City students will be contacted about the procedures to be followed for registration at their respective campuses.
Office of the Ombudsperson
The School of Business and Management has an Office of the Ombudsperson which is designed to assist students who may be having problems in the classroom or with fellow students. The Ombudspersons provide confidential counseling and will assist students in resolving problems which might arise from grading procedures, claims of discrimination, or clerical errors. The Ombudsperson can provide information about the informal and formal procedures for filing academic grievances and will act as a mediator between faculty and students when problems arise. The SBM Ombudsperson is located in room 101 in Speakman Hall and can be reached at (215) 204-2266. You may also contact Diana Estrada in the Undergraduate Student Services Office about the Office of the Ombudsperson at (215) 204-4560.
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