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Mission Statement

As a key component of Iona College, the Hagan School of Business commits itself to excellence through dedicated teaching, renowned scholarship and committed service.

The Hagan School provides superior undergraduate and graduate business education for traditional and nontraditional students that are a blend of business theory and practice. The School produces graduates who will be leaders, who will understand the societal dimensions of business, who will function well in a global and culturally diverse world. The Hagan School, in the tradition of the Christian Brothers and Catholic higher education, shapes its students with pervasive ethical training and awareness. Its graduates will be able to learn throughout their lives in a rapidly changing and technology-driven world. In addition, the graduates learn to use their critical thinking skills in solving problems and communicating the results through written reports and oral presentations. The faculty of the Hagan School are part of a collegial environment; one which nurtures teaching and scholarly excellence, openness to innovation, commitment to professional growth, and dedication to students.

The Hagan School embraces its continuing and deepening relationship with its alumni and alumnae, and with the community in which it strives to serve.

(Adopted May 11, 2013)


Undergraduate Learning Goals

  • Applying and maintaining high Ethical standards in business (Goal 1)
    • Recognize ethical issues in business
    • Apply ethics-based principles
  • Utilizing Critical Thinking in making business decisions (Goal 2)
    • Builds Case Clearly and Persuasively
    • Calls upon Appropriate Facts
    • Reaches Logical Conclusions
  • Developing Communication Skills (Goal 3)
    • Oral Communication
      • Content
        • Opening Statement with Purpose
        • Logical Development of Ideas
        • Strength of Conclusion
      • Delivery
        • Voice Quality
        • Pace
    • Written Communication
      • Clearly identifies the Issue or Position in Topic State
      • Expresses Ideas Clearly
      • Cites Sources Correctly
  • Employing Technology in business applications (Goal 4)
    • Facility with Integrating Media/Power Point into Presentation
    • Facility with Internet Searching
    • Facility with use of Excel Spreadsheets
  • Understanding of Global Perspectives in the business environment (Goal 5)
    • Identify Global Factors (Economic, Cultural, Legal, Demographic, etc.)
  • Business Core (Goal 6)
    • The business core encompasses the BUS courses that are designed to provide the student with knowledge of the basic functions required to operate a company. After completing the core, a student has a broad, integrative picture of business. An assessment of the knowledge retained by the student in these courses is the focus of Goal 6.
  • Major Disciplines (Goal 7)
    • The undergraduate major disciplines focus on courses that are designed to provide the student with increased knowledge of one functional area. After completing their major, an assessment of the knowledge attained by the student in these courses is the focus of Goal 7.
  • Business Simulation (Goals 6 and 7)
    • The next direct assessment of a Hagan BBA student's business knowledge provides an overview of the business programs using a simulation given in the capstone courses. This measures the student's ability to integrate the core and major courses and apply them in a business environment. The areas monitored in this simulation include Leadership Skills, Collaboration & Teamwork, Financial Analysis Skills, Financial Management, Operations Management, Marketing Management, Human Resources Management, and Strategic Analysis & Planning. If a weakness is identified in one for these general areas, the embedded questions in the core and/or major will be used to focus on the specific topic that needs remediation.

MBA - Learning Goals

  • Maintaining high Ethical standards in business practices (Goal 1)
    • Analyze ethical issues in business
    • Formulate ethically defensible resolutions
  • Utilizing Critical Thinking in making business decisions (Goal 2)
    • Provides Supporting Arguments
    • Integrates Discipline-Specific Information
    • Reaches Logical Conclusions
  • Developing Communication Skills (Goal 3)
    • Oral Communication
      • Content
        • Relevance and/or Currency of Content
        • Effectiveness of Slide Content
        • Strength of Conclusion
        • Ability to Answer Questions (if applicable)
      • Delivery
        • Appropriateness of Body Language, Gesture
        • Eye Contact/Rapport with Audience
        • Professionalism of Attire
    • Written Communication
      • Uses Appropriate Writing Style
      • Writes Concisely
      • Cites Sources Correctly
  • Employing Technology in business applications (Goal 4)
    • Visual Quality of Power Point Slides
    • Facility with use of Access Database Software
    • Knowledge of Computers/Networks in Business
  • Understanding of the Global Perspective in the business (Goal 5)
    • Application of Global Analysis to Management Situations
    • Analyze Global Issues in Business Using Examples
  • Business Core (Goal 6)
    • The MBA core encompasses courses that are designed to provide the student with greater knowledge of the basic functions required to manage a corporation within the broader context of the business environment. The graduate student is expected to have more knowledge than the undergraduate student and this is reflected in the topics and questions evaluated.
  • Major Disciplines (Goal 7)
    • The major disciplines increased the student's knowledge of one functional area. To assess the knowledge attained by the student in the major, set of embedded questions are developed. The major courses reflect more in-depth questions at the MBA level.