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WBC Business Dept. Helps Research Employment Needs

1/21/2013

Williams Baptist College was represented at a Jan. 7 meeting of deans of the colleges and schools of business from around Arkansas. The deans will work together to research the state’s economic development trends and initiatives so all of its business colleges can pattern curricula that will meet current and future job requirements in Arkansas.

The deans assembled at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business, where UALR’s Institute for Economic Advancement is beginning to conduct a workforce needs survey among medium and large manufacturing corporations. Results from the study will establish the skills and capabilities needed for economic growth in the state.

The business colleges and schools will use the study for program development and curricula redesign to better prepare students for available employment. The survey should be completed by early summer.

"The Arkansas business deans agreed that surveying Arkansas employers would be helpful in designing curriculum and advising students. I look forward to receiving the results of the survey and using it to guide any changes we might need to consider for our programs," said WBC business department Chair Summer DeProw.

Jim Youngquist, director of the Institute for Economic Advancement, also added, "The institute is pleased to work with this important collaborative effort to assist employers as well as align higher education programs with directives and goals of our governor, legislative body, and Economic Development Commission."

Other deans who participated in the initial meeting included Dr. Ed Bashaw, Arkansas Tech University; Dr. Mike Casey, University of Central Arkansas; Dr. Eli Jones, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Dr. Steve Williams, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, and Dr. Jane Wayland, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. These deans will also work with other public and private colleges and universities around the state with business schools.

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