The College of Business's Dean’s Leadership Council (DLC) hosted its spring meeting for the 2018-2019 academic year April 24 in the Latture Conference Center in the College of Business (COB). The meeting brought together approximately 30 DLC members, COB faculty, and university leaders to review the "state of the college" and learn of the issues facing the college going forward.
Dr. Ashok Subramanian, dean of COB, led the group in a review of some of the highlights for the year, emphasizing the successful AACSB reaccreditation process completed this spring semester. The dean stated that the Peer Review Team was particularly impressed with the DLC’s level of engagement with the college, as well as the “innovative integration of the Babb Center into our curriculum.”
The program agenda included a presentation by COB faculty member Dr. Balbir Bhasin and three international business students, highlighting the growing importance of international business on every aspect of the U.S. economy, including the Fort Smith economy. Dr. Bhasin noted that the rise of Asia, most notably China, is reflected in the steady shift of global growth away from Western economies and toward the East.
International business students Gabrielle Lenzini, Selina Weber-Lindecker, and Luke Barber shared their perspectives on the importance of international business for themselves personally and for the opportunities it affords their careers.
Dr. Bhasin is the Ross Pendergraft Endowed Professor of International Business in the College of Business. He has done business globally, and his research reflects a practical, feet-on-the-ground insight into the economies of Asia, particularly in the fast-growing markets of Southeast Asia.
Dean Subramanian concluded the program for the meeting with an update on the enrollment trends facing the university and the college. He noted that declines in enrollment experienced were not unique to UAFS and reflect broader market trends, with some regions experiencing these more intensely than others. He concluded that this will be an ongoing challenge and that the college is actively involved in the initiatives by the university to attract and retain students.