Nebraska Business has a long tradition of prominence as one of 16 founding members of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1916. In recent years, Nebraska Business has been consistently ranked among the top 40 public business colleges in the U.S. Nebraska Business built this strong reputation at the same time as it experienced unprecedented growth in student enrollments and faculty. Since joining the Big Ten in 2011, Nebraska Business increased our faculty by over 25%, fueling an expansion of academic programs, innovative research and research productivity. We offer two MBA programs, MA or MS degrees in Professional Accountancy, Economics, Actuarial Science, Finance and Business Analytics, as well as PhDs in business and economics, and ten undergraduate business majors. In addition, we offer many distinctive programs that allow students to choose their own path and tailor their business education to achieve their individual goals. With nationally ranked programs offered at affordable prices, we deliver a high return on investment to our students. We have over 37,000 living alumni who are busy changing the world, bringing Nebraska values and work ethic to the world of business. We similarly prepare our current students with the knowledge, skills and courage to be influential leaders. We pursue audacious goals and strive for excellence in all we do.
Nebraska Business hired a new Dean in the fall of 2017. With the help of Academic Leadership Association, an external facilitator, we launched a strategic planning process in the spring of 2018. The process began with a two-day workshop where we gathered over 45 people who represented various stakeholders including faculty, staff, students, alumni, business partners and university representatives. We reviewed trends in higher education and business education, conducted a stakeholder analysis, assessed our positioning within the university and debated how to achieve the next level of excellence. Six working groups focused their discussions on people, programs, external relations, research and scholarship, internal operations, and mission, vision, values, while deriving input and feedback from various stakeholders.
Nebraska Business will remain true to the university’s core mission as a land grant institution, while emerging as a premier public business college in the United States through innovative research, dedicated teaching and committed service to our community. We will support a collaborative research culture that engages with industry and produces knowledge to provide new insights that inform business leaders. We will broaden student thinking by creating learning laboratories to support experiential and transformational learning opportunities that cultivate awareness of critical societal and global issues. We will expand our collaborative networks and serve as an academic hub to all of our stakeholders.