University of Vermont

School of Business Administration
Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

The Grossman School of Business supports the University’s Strategic Plan, Vision, Mission and Goals with its own Vision, Shared Principles, Aspiration Statements and Goals.

Grossman School of Business Mission Statement

Strategic Plan: Vision, Shared Principles, Aspiration Statements, and Goals, Approved by the faculty 4/25/2010


The School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont will be recognized as a leader in management education and scholarly research. Graduates of its programs will have mastered not only the technical tools of management, but also developed the capacity for and commitment to life-long learning. The school will distinguish itself by the intellectual rigor of both the undergraduate and graduate programs and by the integration of faculty research into the curriculum.

Shared Principles
  • A commitment to excellence in teaching through:
    • Delivering a rigorous curriculum that provides students with state-of-the-art knowledge necessary to compete in an increasingly integrated international economy
    • Cultivating the students’ passion for life-long learning and problem solving
    • Emphasizing critical-thinking, analytical, and writing skills as well as cross functional awareness
    • Developing strong leadership skills and the ability to function effectively in teams
    • Striving for continuous improvement of our operations
  • A commitment to excellence in the creation and dissemination of knowledge through:
    • Producing high quality peer-reviewed research publications
    • Obtaining public and private support for research
    • Sharing research insights with external constituencies
    • Engaging students in the research experience
  • A commitment to interact with other academic units and the community at large:
    • Promoting students’ appreciation for and understanding of the nature and extent of the firm’s responsibilities
    • Engaging alumni and business in curricular and co-curricular delivery
    • Utilizing alumni and business contacts to improve employment prospects
    • Developing and delivering continuing/executive business education programs
  • A commitment to excellence in the academic environment through:
    • Ensuring ethical behavior on the part of administration, faculty, staff, and students
    • Creating a physical environment that ensures students have the opportunity to learn
    • Delivering the preponderance of instruction by full-time tenure-track faculty
    • Providing a collegial environment that promotes civil discourse among those holding divergent points of view
Aspiration Statements

Faculty and staff of the School of Business Administration are committed to enhance the national recognition of the school and its resource base.

  • Increase the quality of the curriculum by:
    • Creating an environment in which students and faculty perform at a high standard
    • Improving student command of business fundamentals, critical thinking and problem solving skills
    • Developing a set of consistent expectations for student performance
    • Developing metrics for evaluating leadership skills and working in teams
    • Annual assessments of performance in line with identification of priorities
  • Increase the impact of our research by:
    • Increasing refereed tier 1 and 2 publications
    • Increasing externally funded research
    • Increasing faculty involvement in national and international academic venues
    • Increasing the number of students involved in research
  • Increase the quality of the linkages between colleges and the community by:
    • Making sure that students are exposed to an honest and open discussion of Social Responsibility of Business (SRB)
    • Encouraging faculty to involve alumni in classes and to develop experiential learning projects and/or applied research where appropriate
    • Attracting more companies to interview students for full-time and internship positions
    • Delivering several community focused events each academic year
  • Increase the excellence of our academic environment by:
    • Creating an environment in which civil and open discussion of even the most controversial topics is encouraged
    • Enhancing support for curriculum, research and engagement by increasing the school’s endowment
    • Upgrading the Kalkin infrastructure to maintain a state-of-the art facility for teaching and learning
    • Providing faculty and staff with annual professional development opportunities
Goal Statements for the School of Business Administration

Our goal statements help us prioritize our daily, weekly and monthly activities for the benefit of our learning community:

  • Continuously improve undergraduate and graduate curricula
  • Conduct and share research that enhances the understanding of organizational performance
  • Build a vibrant network of relationships between students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community
  • Enhance the resource base of the school


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