After 100 years of undergraduate business education, UNC Kenan-Flagler continues to attract talented students and provide them with transformational learning experiences in the Undergraduate Business Program. Ever since UNC offered its first business class on Oct. 2, 1919, student demand for business studies has been high.
In November, the UBP welcomed its newest class of talented students – the Class of 2022. The class is slightly larger with 371 majors and 62 minors. The academic quality remains very strong with a median 3.75 GPA at Carolina. For majors, 45% are female, 18% are under-represented minorities and 12% are first-generation college students.
Continuing the Business School’s tradition of educational innovation, the UBP welcomed them with a brand-new orientation.
Typically, UBP students formally begin in in the UBP the spring semester of their sophomore year. So before they began their studies, UBP team offered them a new way to get oriented and provide a guide them through their Business School journey. For the first, time, students were divided into six cohorts of 60 each to facilitate greater student interaction, and each cohort has several Spark ambassadors, consisting of dedicated faculty and staff members as well as junior and senior business majors.
“We admitted an amazing new class, and we welcomed them with a new approach to orientation that starts building community from the very start,” says Anna Millar, UBP assistant dean. “We used lean innovation to launch Spark, a brand-new way to celebrate our new students’ admission success and build excitement for their UBP experience.”
Spark’s goal is also to build community across the UBP – among the new students and with staff and faculty. “We want to spark excitement in students so that they have ownership of their personal and professional development,” says Millar. To this we introduced guiding principles or competencies to lead their way, and gave them the tools and information they need immediately to succeed in the UBP in their courses, global studies and career development.
The UBP team partnered with Shimul Melwani, associate professor of organizational behavior, to identify and launch a new set of guiding principles.
UNC Kenan-Flagler has long had five core values: excellence, leadership, teamwork, integrity and community. “This year, we brought these values to life for UPB students by going through extensive exercises describing our students when they are at their best,” says Melwani. “The work resulted in a re-articulation of our core values that students can connect with – six new guiding principles introduced to students during orientation.”
The guiding principles are:
The new students self-assessed on these principles and will use them to guide their decision-making on how to spend their time at UNC Kenan-Flagler. A video introducing the guiding principles was created by an alum and students.
Other innovations in the UBP include: