The major in Business Administration, with concentrations in accounting, finance, economics, management, and marketing, offers graduates a background that is broadly applicable in today's job market. The program prepares students with the conceptual and practical skills necessary for entry-level careers in the business field and advanced degree work. Classes, especially on the upper level, occur in a small setting that allows maximum individualized attention. Additionally, students get the opportunity to develop leadership skills, work with campus and community projects, and take a course in free enterprise, by participating in SIFE, the Students In Free Enterprise organization.
Three computer laboratories are available for student use on Limestone's campus. The computers are equipped with the commonly used software for word processing and spreadsheets as well as resources for improving the grammar and style of research papers.
In addition, the Eastwood Library is available to assist all students with resource materials needed to expand and explore their college subject matter and areas of general interest. The library offers periodicals, audiovisual, and reference materials.
The opportunities available to graduates are endless. Some choose to continue their educational endeavors in MBA, Ph.D., or other graduate programs. This option is particularly valuable to those considering careers in higher education. Others choose to enter positions in the private sector. The Upstate region is home to an increasing number of regional, national, and multinational firms, including Adidas USA Inc., BMW, Hamrick Inc. Textile Apparel, Milliken & Company, Nestle Frozen Food Company, Michelin Tire Company, and the Timken Company. In addition, Charlotte, North Carolina is fast becoming a major financial center in the Southeast with numerous job opportunities in the financial, insurance, and banking fields. A third area of opportunity is in the public sector. The economics and accounting concentrations provide students with exposure to concepts and skills deemed valuable to those considering careers in federal, state, or local government.
Limestone College’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration programs were accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in 2017. ACBSP ( https://acbsp.site-ym.com) is a specialized global business accreditation body following the Baldrige model focused on teaching excellence and continuous improvement. ACBSP evaluates business programs in areas of leadership, strategic planning, stakeholder relationships, quality of academic programs, faculty creditials, and quality improvement.
In conjunction with ACBSP, the Business & Economics Programs at Limestone College are continually looking to improve. Each year we test our seniors in all areas of business and compare our results against other ACBSP accredited schools in the Southeast. Our goal is to consistently perform at or above the 50th percentile in all subject areas. Below are our results for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 academic years:
While test scores and grades are important, we believe that one of the best assessments to measure how we are doing is to ask employers and site supervisors of our internship programs how our students and graduates are preforming. We regularly ask these stakeholders to rate our students and graduates on a scale of 1 (very dissatisfied) to 5 (very satisfied). Our goal is to have all 4s (satisfied) and 5s (very satisfied) with 75% ratings of very satisfied. We report on these statistics every other year. Below are a few of our matrecies (note: included more granular data in 2013):
In addition, the Department of Business & Economics tracks our retention and graduation rates. Below are the Business Department’s retention rates as well as our 4 and 6 year graduation rates for students starting in 2008 through 2014 (note: the 2014 entering class would normally graduate in 2018).
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