Alumni Circle launches survey to assess readiness of undergraduate business students as observed by recruiters.

The college’s Alumni Circle has been working during the last few months to develop a survey that will ask recruiters to evaluate the “business readiness” of the college’s undergraduate students. The Circle was given this project by Executive Dean Joyce J. Elam and Associate Dean Clifford Perry in order to complement the college’s Assurance of Learning assessment, mandated by its accrediting body, AACSB International—The Association of Collegiate Schools of Business.

All accredited business schools are tasked with designing systems that will tell the colleges’ administrators whether or not their students are actually meeting their learning objectives.

“We feel that the results of our survey, coupled with the results of the college’s Assurance of Learning assessment, will give us a good picture of what undergraduate students may still need to work on prior to beginning their careers and meeting the expectations of their employers,” said Jose Hernandez-Solaun (BBA ’98), Alumni Circle member and co-chairman of the Circle’s “Business Readiness Committee.”

“The survey is just the beginning of the project”, said Demian Bellumio (BBA ’00), chairman of the Alumni Circle. “Our committee is looking forward to proposing a program for the college that will address the specific needs of the student body to help ensure our graduates indeed are business-ready.”

Results from the survey will be evaluated in early June and the Circle then will take next steps to continue their work on this project. According to Executive Dean Elam, these types of initiatives make a significant difference for the college.

“When I think of ways in which our alumni can work closely
with us to identify areas of need and get us critical feedback, I immediately
think of our Alumni Circle. No group is more passionate about helping us to achieve success than our alumni. I am grateful to our Circle members for taking on this project with such passion. I am looking forward to some great results.”

For more information about this specific project and/or about the Alumni Circle, please contact Monique Catoggio, director of alumni and partner relations at 305-348-4227 or

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