Mission and Vision

Vision

To develop outstanding Economics, International Business, and Business Analysis programs with faculty that is recognized for excellence in instruction, research, and service.

Mission

To provide curricula that promote critical thinking skills and enhance decision making abilities, which help students become productive and informed citizens. Our faculty will engage in research to create and disseminate new knowledge, develop quality-teaching skills, maintain high professional standards, and actively serve the University and Community.

Culture

The vision and mission of the department will be accomplished through an integrative culture based on personal and professional integrity. We are committed as a department to work as a team to achieve long-term relationships with our fellow faculty, students, alumni, and other stakeholders. The efforts of the department are directed toward academic programs, teaching, research, and service to satisfy the needs of our constituents. As a department, we are continually evaluating, developing, and adapting to the ever changing needs of the business world.

Core Values

  1. Faculty and staff will be encouraged to develop potential skills and talents through self-initiative, professional training, and recognition.
  2. Faculty recognizes and embraces diversity within the department as an asset.
  3. Faculty will collaborate within the department to increase the quantity and quality of our professional presentations and publications.
  4. Faculty is united in their commitment to undertake their teaching responsibilities with professional integrity by:
    • Devoting adequate time preparing for each class presentation.
    • Arriving at class on time with material sufficiently designed to last the entire class period.
    • Adopting textbooks that are challenging, current, and reflect the learning abilities of our students.
    • Making class assignments that will challenge students to extend their learning beyond the classroom and the textbook
    • Experimenting and developing new teaching techniques that will improve student learning.
    • Encouraging and working with our students to help develop their study skills to improve learning.
    • Using a grading scale and assigning grades in a way that reflects student learning.
    • Treating each student with respect and dignity.

Objectives

The department will accomplish its vision and mission through the organizational culture and values by achieving the following objectives:

  1. "Outstanding Economics, International Business, and Business Analysis programs" is achieved when:
    1. The International Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation is maintained.
    2. The department has at least one (1) endowed chair and at least two (2) endowed professorships.
    3. Department programs are ranked in the top 25 percent of schools evaluated in the EBI survey.
    4. The University enrollment has the composition of majors that include one percent declared as Economics or International Business.
    5. The College of Business Administration (COBA) norm for job placement and acceptance into graduate programs is matched or exceeded by Economics and International Business majors.
    6. The proportion of faculty in the department receiving merit is equal to or exceeds the proportional share of merit in other departments within COBA.
    7. The department establishes and maintains strategic partnerships that provide five (5) internship opportunities for students.
    8. A minor and major in Business Analysis is approved.
    9. A vibrant chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the honorary fraternity for economics, is reinstated.
    10. Student research is submitted each year for competitive awards.
    11. A departmentally maintained tutorial service is available for students enrolled in introductory classes in economics and business analysis.
    12. New career opportunities for Economics and International Business majors are created by recruiting five companies each year to the College of Business Career Fair that result in job placement.
    13. The Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Puebla Field School program is maintained and new Study Abroad program opportunities for SHSU students are enhanced.
  2. "Excellence in teaching" is achieved when:
    1. At least 80 percent of the faculty teaching:
      • An introductory course in Economics or Business Analysis scores at least 5.2 on Question 20 on Faculty Evaluation System (FES) Form 2.
      • An upper division course in Economics or Business Analysis scores at least 5.4 on Question 20 on FES Form 2.
    2. Each faculty member teaching a graduate course in Economics or Business Analysis scores at least 6.0 on Question 20 on FES Form 2.
    3. At least 60 percent of the departmental faculty scores at least 5.9 on the following:
      • Question 4 on FES Form 2 "The professor makes the course material understandable."
      • Question 12 on FES Form 2, "The professor makes the material of this course relevant or meaningful to me."
      • Question 13 of FES Form 2, "The professor seems concerned with how well students learn the material."
    4. At least 60 percent of the departmental faculty scores at least 6.0 on the following:
      • Question 17 of FES Form 2, "The professor is available to help outside of class."
      • Question 18 on FES Form 2, "The course is organized so that the subject matter seems to fit together."
    5. At least 85 percent of the students majoring in economics or international business indicate in the Alumni Survey that SHSU adequately met or exceeded their career preparation needs in each of the following areas:
      • Analytical skill areas: problem formulation, sources of business data, statistical analysis, and interpretation of statistical results.
      • Computer literacy.
      • Communication skills.
    6. The Sam Houston State University rankings on the EBI survey match at least the national rank for Economics, Statistics, and International Business.
    7. At least 75 percent of the students responding to the questions related to their Economics and Statistical training in the Capstone Course Survey indicate a positive response to their training.
    8. At least one member of the faculty within the last five years has been recognized with an innovative teaching award.
    9. At least one member of the faculty within the last ten years has received the Excellence in Teaching Award.
    10. At least one member of the faculty within the last five years has a refereed publication in a pedagogical journal.
  3. "Excellence in research" is achieved when:
    1. At least one faculty member each year is published in a "top tier" journal.
    2. Each faculty member makes at least one invited or professional presentation every year.
    3. Each faculty member submits at least one article or case study for publication in a professional journal every year.
    4. The department maintains a website featuring a Working Paper series in Economics, International Business, and Statistics.
    5. The department sponsors a seminar series where at least one invited speaker and at least one member of the faculty make presentations during each fall and spring semester.
  4. "Excellence in service" is achieved when:
    1. Each member of the departmental faculty is a member of a College committee.
    2. At least 50 percent of the departmental faculty is a member of a University committee.
    3. At least 20 percent of the faculty are listed on the SHSU Homepage as "Experts" that provide service to the community though consulting and presentations.
    4. At least 50 percent of departmental faculty is available to provide expertise to the College and University administration on issues related to economics and statistics.
    5. Each faculty member will hold membership in a professional organization related to his/her teaching field.
    6. At least 20 percent of the faculty will hold a position as officer or other leadership position in a professional organization related to their teaching/research field.

Implementation

The implementation of the Vision of the Department of Economics and International Business is accomplished primarily through the Faculty Development Plan. On an annual basis the Chairman of the Department distributes the Faculty Development Plan form to the faculty. After developing their Plan each faculty member meets with the Chairman to review the Plan. Modifications, if necessary, are suggested, and a mutually agreed upon Plan is approved.


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