Welcome from Denise D. Schoenbachler, interim dean of the College of Business.
At NIU's College of Business, our innovative thinking, reliance on experiences and opportunities, and our strategic partnerships provide the framework for your education. We take pride in allowing business students the opportunity to build sought-after skills that will have a profound impact on your future career and life.
People are the heart of all we do. The impact of our experiential learning philosophy shows in the continued success of our alumni Huskie network, made up of many talented and engaged faculty, an extensive network of 60,000 accomplished and passionate alumni, corporate partners, executives, and friends who come together to keep a promise to the next generation. Together, we work to develop the whole person through experience-centered education, innovation, world-class research and care.
Of course, we strive for success. For instance, our college's continuous AACSB International accreditation for business and accounting, national rank for 36 years and running (since 1987), speaks for itself. However, within our NIU College of Business, you will learn that the journey matters as much as the destination. How we accomplish our goals and find solutions to problems often matters more than the end product. We will help you develop a foundation of ethical business practices, as principled and adaptive global citizens, and teach you how to advance your institutions through knowledge creation, innovation, partner collaboration, personalized experiences, and active learning with integrity.
As a part of our Huskie pack, you will benefit from our ongoing collaboration with more than 100 corporate partners who help ensure that our curriculum is at the forefront of practice and will prepare you to succeed in the global business environment. Learn directly from executives who regularly speak in our classes, and network with our students during special events. They also provide critical mentoring to you, sharing firsthand knowledge about the business world.
With us, you will enjoy world-class resources at your fingertips that will allow you to choose the best path for you. Our top-notch facility, Barsema Hall, gives you the chance to learn in comfortable, state-of-the-art spaces designed for learning. Incredible faculty makes the difference, helping you build business knowledge and fundamental skills in problem-solving, communication, critical thinking and technology. You will encounter them within your major and outside of it, through a variety of ways and activities, including this set of collegewide programs found only at NIU: our De La Vega INNOVATION Lab, Career Compass, Business Passport, our Experiential Learning Center, Global Business program and our Building Ethical Leaders using an Integrated Ethics Framework (BELIEF) program.
Joining our College of Business is a critical first step in securing your future in business, but it is more than that. Earning a degree from our college means you will forever be a part of a legacy bigger than yourself, and that countless others believe in your dreams as much as you do. I cannot wait to see where your journey will take you.
Denise D. Schoenbachler, Ph.D.