|October 14, 2011|
Curriculum Alliances and the Growth of Northwood University
One of the ways that Northwood University works to ensure that our business curricula are as current and relevant as possible is through the use of curriculum advisory boards for our various degree programs system wide. Each board consists of national and local leaders who are asked to review curricula and make both new and enhanced course suggestions based upon the latest industry developments and trends.
In addition to shaping and influencing our classroom education, these strategic alliances also serve our students in four important respects:
NU’s Corporate & Industry Curriculum Alliances
As a leading business school with a global footprint, it is vital that Northwood establish and grow alliances with local, regional and global corporations and industries. Examples include:
The SAP Alliance: A Proto-Type for Future Growth
One example of how Northwood is working to establish and grow industry alliances globally is our participation in SAP’s University Alliances Program (UAP). In fact, Northwood is the only not-for-profit university in Michigan today to be part of this cutting-edge program.
In short, the SAP University Alliances program utilizes advanced curricula, technologies and academic research to support the formation of customized courses and projects aimed at developing “industry ready” graduates. This effort has paid dividends both for our graduates and the Northwood University stature and brand. Today, for example, NU alumni with SAP coursework are working for a number of businesses, including:
Under the leadership of Joseph Wulffenstein, division chair for Quantitative Studies and department chair for Management Information Systems, Michigan Campus Northwood continues to enhance its curriculum offerings with the goal of not only teaching SAP ERP but to align our curricula with proven and current business processes supported by the right SAP ERP enabling component.
As of today, we have six faculty members who are trained in SAP ERP; five in Michigan and one in Texas. The degree programs and courses using SAP as of the fall 2011 are:
Plans to add more faculty and classes from Florida, Michigan and Texas by 2012 are under way. NU faculty are committed to expanding the curriculum to include more SAP enabled components in several majors and have the full support and encouragement of our administration which is providing necessary funding for faculty training both on and off campus.
Disciplined Dreaming at Northwood
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our faculty and staff for completing the Disciplined Dreaming exercises and answering the questions in chapter one, page 18. The information shared with our officers has been received and reviewed and by all accounts this effort was very successful. As Texas Provost, Dr. Kevin Fegan noted, Northwood faculty and staff were, “…engaged, active and worked through a very good assessment of where we’ve been, where we are at now, and where we need to be in the future.”
The feedback, insight and recommendations everyone provided is currently being organized and will be presented system wide in a forthcoming report. In the meantime, I hope and trust that all units throughout Northwood, including our faculty and students in the classroom, will continue to act on and utilize the insights and lessons from Disciplined Dreaming.
Have a great weekend.
Keith A. Pretty, J.D.