Letter from Dean Bahman Mirshab
As many of you know, I will be stepping down from the Dean’s position effective June 30, 2006. I would like to take this opportunity to review some of the major achievements of the College during the past four years.
In 2004, we secured reaffirmation of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) without qualification. This is the first time in three decades that the College was reaffirmed without any review or restriction. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education and the University of Detroit Mercy is proud to be the only private institution in Michigan to have this prestigious accreditation for its business program.
Also in 2004, the College successfully completed a total renovation of the Commerce & Finance Building which has provided students and faculty with a state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility. We are grateful to our alumni and other benefactors whose generosity made this multi-million dollar renovation possible.
In an effort to increase enrollment, the College developed and introduced several new degree programs:
- A certificate in Business Turnaround Management as well as a concentration in this field for MBA students. We are proud of the fact that we are the first business school in the country to offer such a program.
- An Executive MBA Program in January, 2005 with a Cohort of 14 students. In January 2006, we enrolled 27 students in Cohort 2.
- An interdisciplinary Master’s Degree program in Information Assurance in September 2005. This followed the designation of the College as a National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency in 2004. UDM was one of the first 60 universities in the country to be so designated.
- An on-site MBA program for St. Joseph’s Health System employees. This lock-step cohort program enables students to complete their MBA in two years. The College is grateful to Advisory Board member Joel Gibson ’72, ’76 for his assistance in establishing this program.
Recognizing the importance of globalization and in line with its mission, the College was active in the field of international business.
- The College established a joint MBA program with Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, the world’s largest Catholic university. This is the only Joint International MBA program recognized by the Government of Taiwan.
- The College has signed an agreement with Marian Catholic College (India) to offer a joint MBA program, beginning no later than September, 2007.
- The College continued its participation in the Beijing International MBA Program (BiMBA), a program offered by a consortium of accredited Jesuit business schools at Peking University. This program has been consistently ranked as one of the very best programs in Asia.
The College was successful in seeking external funding sources and received support for two major activities.
- The College spearheaded the National University Transportation Center Project at the University of Detroit Mercy. The Center was awarded a $2 million federal grant.
- In support of its activities in the area of information assurance, the College received a grant from the Department of Defense for the academic year 2005-2006. The grant totaling $293,356 included approximately $120,000 of scholarship money for students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Renewal of this grant is expected in subsequent years.
The College continued to strengthen its relationship with and visibility within the business community. Events like the 2006 Alumni Week luncheon – featuring Emil Brolick ’69, ’72, president and chief concept officer at Taco Bell Corporation – were well-attended and received favorable coverage in the local news media.
In conclusion, I am pleased to report that the College has experienced continued growth in its enrollment. This growth enhanced the financial position of the College and the University and was done while maintaining the traditional quality of our student body. I am grateful to the faculty and staff for their dedication and hard work and I appreciate the support which I have received from alumni and other stakeholders of the College. Finally, I would like to thank UDM President Gerard Stockhausen, S.J., for giving me the opportunity to lead the College of Business Administration for the last four years.