Our first year as the named Poole College of Management at NC State has been exciting and inspiring. As we adjusted to our new name, our faculty and leadership team took a deep, long look at our future path, considering what our role as a college should be in helping to define the future of business through our teaching, research and engagement. We focused especially on three key areas: sustainability, globalization, and experiential learning.
This annual State of the College report presents some what we have been doing in the areas of globalization and experiential learning, and as well as a summary of our faculty task force’s work in sustainability. Highlights include:
- New partnerships that allow our students to gain a truly global business perspective as part of their academic studies.
- Expanding connections with business and industry, particularly through the activities of our centers and initiatives, leading to more opportunities for hands-on learning in our curricula and new areas of research for our faculty.
- An understanding that sustainability will have as much of an impact on business going forward as globalization has and continues to have.
Being named was truly a defining moment for the college. Now, as we approach the 125th anniversary of the university and the 20th anniversary of Poole College later this year, we are more focused than ever on helping to define the future of business through the intellectual and professional development of our students and the advancement of knowledge through the research and outreach of our faculty.
I invite you to read this selection of our 2011 highlights. I also am very interested in hearing from you – about your professional journey since graduating and your ideas on how our alumni can assist the Poole College of Management in further Defining the Future of Business.
Ira R. Weiss, dean