2014–2015 Bachelor of Business Administration Program (BBA)
Program Chair: Jerry Van Os
Faculty: Richard Chapman, Lisa Jones Christensen, Ken Meland, Jerry Van Os, Christine Ye
The Bachelor of Business Administration is a competency-based degree completion program specifically designed for students who have completed an Associate’s Degree (A.A. or A.S.), the liberal education requirements at Westminster College, or a Letter of General Education Completion from a regionally accredited college or university. The program is designed to offer flexibility for students and working professionals seeking degree completion. The BBA program is:
- Project-Based: a student completes a total of five project sequences designed and sequenced specifically to measure student learning and accomplishment. Projects are designed to reflect real-world business applications and processes. Each project sequence is designed to be completed within one semester, meaning that that the program can be completed in five semesters (approximately 20 months).
- Low-Residency: a student attends a two-day residency for each of the five project sequences. A student combines his or her professional experience and ability with learning experiences and resources delivered online to master program competencies. Projects are then completed around a student’s personal and professional schedule, making degree completion more flexible and convenient.
- Faculty Coached: a student worked directly with a full-time Westminster faculty member on an individual basis to provide for project guidance and feedback. Faculty members evaluate completed student projects to determine if project competencies and student mastery of learning outcomes is sufficiently demonstrated.
Students completing all program and college requirements earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Westminster College.
A student completes the BBA program by demonstrating mastery of the following program goals and related competencies:
- Communication skills: a student effectively communicates business concepts orally and in writing to faculty and business stakeholders.
- Ethical decision making skills: a student understands various ethical perspectives and utilizes ethical and legal frameworks for decision-making.
- Critical thinking skills: a student develops skills to analyze and solve complex managerial problems.
- Leadership and collaboration skills: a student demonstrates how individual and groups contribute to value-added organizational outcomes.
- Strategic perspective: a student demonstrates understanding of the cultural, legal, economic and geo-political forces that impact business strategies within national and international contexts.
- Organizational performance: a student analyzes and uses accounting and financial information to articulate organizational performance for various stakeholders.
- Market execution: a student identifies and understands markets for an organization’s goods and services, applies the activities which make up the value chain for those goods and services, and employs appropriate methodologies and techniques for ensuring product/service quality and speed to market.
A student is admitted to the program on a rolling basis, with new cohorts beginning the program in August, January and May of each academic year.
Admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration requires the submission of the following materials to the Office of Admissions for admission evaluation:
- A completed application with a $40 application fee.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, providing evidence of an associate’s degree (A.A. or A.S.) from a regionally accredited college or university or international college or university. Students with 64 or more credit hours and a Letter of General Education Completion, or equivalent, from a regionally accredited Utah college or university will also be considered.
- Resume detailing academic and work experience. Relevant work experience can be paid employment, volunteer work for non-profit organizations, military service or a combination of the above.
- One reference letter, typed on letterhead from a supervisor, manager, professor, or other professional source in support of the students’ ability to be successful in a low-residency, project-based degree completion program.
- Responses to admission essay questions.
In certain cases an interview with an admissions or program representative may be required prior to admissions. When the application materials are complete, the application is reviewed by a committee and admission decisions are reported to the student. The application process can also be completed online by visiting the admissions website.
A student entering the program is given the equivalent of 64 credit hours for an associate’s degree (A.A. or A.S).
In certain cases, a student may be allowed entry into the program and to begin working on project sequences even though they have not yet completed their associate degree, provided a plan for associate degree completion is approved by the College as evidenced by enrollment in required online courses, completion of a prior learning assessment portfolio or completion of approved transfer courses. Students will be required to complete remaining associate degree requirements by the time the student has completed the second project sequence (at the end of the second semester). If the student has not completed the associate degree at that point, he or she will be required to finish all remaining associate degree requirements before starting project sequence three.
The cost of the entire program is fixed as long as the student is making academic progress. The tuition price includes all learning resources and feeds. Students with extenuating circumstances can adjust their pace when necessary by communicating with the student support staff. Students who decide to withdraw from the program entirely must notify the student support staff immediately.
Satisfactory Progress Policy
A student is required to maintain satisfactory progress in the program in order to receive Title IV federal financial aid funds. For more information, students should consult the financial aids office.
A student enrolled in this program is eligible for federal financial aid programs as described in the financial aid section of this catalog. A student is not eligible for institutional aid programs. To be eligible for federal financial aid, a student must maintain enrollment and satisfactory progress as described. A student can also elect to participate in alternative loan programs as long as eligibility requirements are met. Please contact the student support staff for specific information about financial aid.
The program consists of five project sequences which must be completed at Westminster College. Each of the project sequences consists of several project assignments and an integrative project. The projects are to be completed in the order specified. A student completes all projects to demonstrate mastery of the program learning goals and competencies. Before starting a project sequence, a student meets with his or her Project Coach to assess which learning experiences should be used to help the student complete the projects, given the student’s prior life and/or professional experience. The student is given access to a set of rubrics, which explain how the project will be evaluated upon its completion. A student can use this rubric to self-assess the project before submission. When a project sequence is successfully completed, the student can begin the next project sequence.
To help students in the program, full-time faculty members (Coaches) are specifically assigned to assist in learning and in project assessment. Students and faculty interact regularly on an individual basis to facilitate learning and mastery of competencies. Each project sequence has a faculty coach who assists the student in learning experiences and in project completion and evaluation. Each student also has access to student support staff to assist with registration, billing, financial aid, project submission, technology systems, and any other questions about the program. A student is encouraged to utilize these resources whenever needed throughout the duration of the program.
When a student has completed a project, work is submitted to the Faculty Coach for evaluation according to the established project rubrics and learning outcomes. A student is given one of three assessments for each of the competencies related to the project assignment and for the overall project evaluation: Exceeds project competencies, Mastery of project competencies, or Rework Required on project competencies. In all cases, the student is given substantial feedback by the Project Coach on project performance. In the case that an assessment of “Rework Required” is given, the student is allowed to use additional learning resources and value-added coaching feedback in order to resubmit the project assignment for additional evaluation.
For grading equivalency and transcript reporting, an “Exceeds” is equivalent to a letter grade of “A” and “Mastery” is equivalent to a letter grade of “B”.
Each project sequence includes a two-day on-campus residency period. The purpose of the residencies includes the following:
- Establish relationships between coaches and students.
- Communicate expectations on project assignments and competencies to be evaluated.
- Facilitate higher levels of performance in competencies that are mapped across project assignments and project sequences.
- Develop community building and networking for students.
Applied Learning Experiences
Applied learning projects are utilized to help the student master the knowledge related to specific competencies and learning goals as they related to specific project assignments. All of the learning resources associated with applied projects can be accessed from the course management website. Learning resources augment a student’s knowledge and can be engaged on an as-needed basis by the student. A student is strongly encouraged to consult with his or her Project Coach as they are working on projects to figure out which sets of learning resources are most useful, given the student’s background and experience. All learning resources can be accessed by all students, even if a student is completing a later project, in order to revisit and review specific techniques and knowledge.
A student can complete the requirements of the BBA program within five semesters. A student who, for whatever reason, does not enroll for two consecutive semesters, must request reinstatement in the program, and will be subject to the tuition charges currently in effect. While students may manage their time during the semester to meet their personal and professional commitments, each project sequence must be completed within a semester. If, at the end of the semester, the project sequence is not completed or satisfactory progress requirements are not met, student may jeopardize their financial aid eligibility for subsequent semesters.
Staying in constant contact with the student support staff and project coach helps to avoid potential financial aid and matriculation issues.
Students unable to complete a project sequence within a semester, and therefore require an additional semester to complete the project sequence are charged a $500 continuing registration fee, which is not part of the overall program price. The continuing registration fee allows the student to remain active with full access to faculty coaches and learning resources while continuing to work on the projects. The fee will continue to be charged each semester for the full number of semesters it takes a student to complete a project sequence. In such cases, when the student does complete the project and is ready to move to the next project sequence, he or she will have to wait until the next scheduled residency. Because this well extend the length of time it takes for the student to complete the program, students are strongly encouraged to manage their time effectively to insure that they complete projects within a single semester.
If a student, because of personal and professional life commitments, needs to take a semester off, they can do so by communicating with the student support staff. If students take two full semesters off without communicating with the student support staff, they may be withdrawn from the program and require readmission to be reinstated back into the BBA program.
A student who is unable to demonstrate mastery of the competencies of a particular project sequence after two full attempts will be asked to meet with their Project Coach. The Project Coach will work with the student to develop a realistic plan to identify those barriers that inhibit the student’s successful performance. This plan will then be engaged and the student will be given one additional attempt at completion. If the student is still unable to complete the project, the student may be suspended from the BBA program.
A student who is suspended from the program may reapply for admission after two semesters. A personal interview will be required before readmission is allowed, and if readmitted, the student will be able to reenter the program at the current year’s tuition rate. The student will work with his or her Project Coach to develop a specific progress plan. As long as the student fulfills the terms of the performance plan, the student will be allowed to complete the remaining program requirements.
Faculty members in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business have developed the following academic standards to support the mission and goals of the BBA program. The standards are presented here to help the student understand their responsibilities as a student in the program:
- A student should always be familiar with project requirements and assignment guidelines. The student should take every opportunity to consult with his or her Project Coach and the student support staff to receive clarification when needed.
- Collaboration is encouraged to enhance depth of learning; all submitted work, however, must be the original work of the student.
- A student should always be respectful of faculty, staff, and other students in the program.
- The program is designed to be academically rigorous, intellectually challenging, and real-world application oriented as demonstrated by mastery of competencies and learning outcomes.
- Plagiarism is a serious offense in academic and business settings and a violation of the college’s academic policy. A student who violates the academic honesty policy may be suspended from the program.
A candidate for graduation must consult the student support staff at the beginning of project sequence three. The student support staff will assist the student in completing an application for graduation for the next graduation period, depending on the actual date of the application. To be eligible for graduation, a student must satisfy the following conditions:
- Completed an associate’s degree (A.A or A.S), or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Completed 124 credit hours.
- Completed each project sequence with a minimum evaluation of “Mastery” on all project assignments.
- Maintain an e-portfolio and receive a minimum evaluation of “Mastery” of all project competencies.
A student should consult with the assigned project coach or the student support staff regarding graduation requirements.
Accelerated Project-Based MBA Program
Students who complete the project-based BBA program are pre-admitted to the project-based Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offered by the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. Students can complete the MBA program in five semesters (20 months) and 30 semester credits.