To the campus community,
Despite its designation as an AACSB-accredited, top business school at a high-cost university, the Kania School of Management has seen a large reduction in the number of elective courses offered.
Many upperclass students in the business school were disappointed, even outraged, by the available courses this year. They are finding that many of the previously offered courses are no longer available. The limited range of electives, in addition to scheduling conflicts, forced students into electives simply to fulfill degree requirements. Ironically, many of these courses are referred to as “electives” because they have become mandatory to graduate.
Why is this happening? KSOM cannot be downgrading after all the success it has seen over the past decade, right? The answer: there is a lack of qualified personnel to teach the previously offered electives. Some professors have either unwillingly left, gone on sabbatical leave or have filled vacant positions to teach required courses. One example is the forced leave of a skilled Introduction to Finance professor. This course is required for all business school students. Although the professor outlined the chapters for the students and taught the material well, non-finance majors who were uninterested in the course left negative reviews throughout the years. Consequently, the professor had to leave, and KSOM needed other business professors to fill the gap. Usually, a professor only teaches a maximum of three courses; anything beyond that is considered overload. In order to avoid multiple overloads on business professors’ schedules, some electives cannot be offered.
When one looks at the broader picture, the situation becomes more frustrating. Tuition for the past four years has increased by an average of $1,288. The decrease in electives started this year. In other words, the former upperclass students paid less money in tuition and enjoyed a broader list of elective courses. It does not seem fair that current business majors pay more for less.
Overall, demand stayed constant, supply decreased, and price increased – a normal market trend. This may be acceptable in the business world but should not be tolerated at a not-for-profit university.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,
The Aquinas Editorial Staff