Doane establishes College of Business
Doane University has established a College of Business to consolidate its business degree programs (undergraduate and graduate) that were previously within the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Professional Studies. The Board of Trustees has approved a $1 million investment over the next 4-5 years supporting faculty, accreditation, and programming.
Doane currently offers four undergraduate business majors (accounting, agribusiness, business administration, economics), five minors (majors plus leadership studies), and two graduate business programs (Master of Arts in Management and Master of Business Administration). Currently nearly one out of every five bachelor’s degrees awarded each year at Doane is from a business program.
Historically, Doane’s undergraduate business programs have been different on the Crete and Lincoln campuses for residential undergraduate students and non-residential undergraduate students. Under the new College of Business model, the programs will be synchronized in an effort to align the curriculum.
Additionally, Doane’s business programs will be evaluated as the college plans to begin the process to receive accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Doane will become one of the few private institutions in Nebraska to receive ACBSP accreditation.
“Consolidating all of the business degree programs under the same focused leadership structure will allow for synergy and continuity of the curriculums, enhance the student experience, and allow for coordinated planning,” said Dr. Paul Savory, provost and executive vice president. “Similar to how our College of Education provides a comprehensive spectrum of education-related programs (from bachelor’s degrees to a doctorate degree), the College of Business will provide a continuity of business-related programs, both graduate and undergraduate.”
Dr. Jen Bossard, a faculty member at Doane since 2007, has been appointed the inaugural Dean of the College of Business by Dr. Savory. Bossard received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011.
“The College of Business will also focus on the importance of leadership -- we offer a Leadership Studies minor at the undergraduate level and a Developing Leader Coaches series of classes in our Master of Arts in Management program,” Bossard said. “We are excited to be a part of this historic time at Doane, to have the opportunity to shape the new college and provide an exceptional education for students who study in the programs housed in the College of Business.”
Doane currently has 10 full-time faculty members within the College of Business. These faculty work closely with students both inside and outside the classroom. The college plans to expand in the next few years, adding several additional full-time faculty members.
After successfully piloting a ground-based (in person) MBA program on the Omaha campus for the last year, Doane recently began offering a ground-based MBA program on the Lincoln campus.
Another unique aspect of Doane’s College of Business is its DEGREE+ program offering. Beginning this fall, full-time undergraduate students on the Crete campus will be able to take one graduate-level business course during each of their last two semesters at no additional cost. This allows students to get a head-start on a master’s degree (either MAM or MBA) during their senior year. All graduate-level courses will be eight weeks in length, offered online. For students who take advantage of this offer, it results in a savings of approximately $3,000.
Doane’s College of Business marks the fifth college within the university’s academic structure. Doane currently has the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies, College of Education, School of Integrative Learning, and the College of Business. Doane’s College of Business serves campuses in Crete, Lincoln, Omaha, Grand Island, and online.