The SBI carries out its mission through its commitment to four core values as shown in the following core values:
We seek to provide our students with a learning centered environment through which they become literate, articulate, and broadly educated individuals who are knowledgeable in fundamental economic principles, the business disciplines, and the impact of global forces on domestic affairs. The curricula prepare baccalaureate and MBA graduates to be literate with information technology, ethically and globally aware, as well as analytical decision-makers who possess fully developed oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Graduates should be able to adapt to rapidly-changing technologies, and to a diverse workplace environment. The faculty seeks to be recognized as excellent teachers and scholars, dedicated first and foremost to the development of students, through quality teaching, advising, and mentoring.
The SBI values basic research, applied research and instructional development activities of the faculty, with primary focus on applied scholarship (contribution to practice) and instructional development (learning and pedagogical research). The faculty believes that teaching and scholarly activity are interdependent; that research enhances faculty effectiveness in the classroom and provides students with state-of-the-art business knowledge.
The SBI seeks to take a leadership role in the economic development of the State of Alabama, specifically its Northeast region. The SBI promotes excellence in service activities consistent with academic and professional strengths of faculty and staff. Faculty and staff are expected to be a resource for the economic development of the State and region by extending their knowledge, skills, and values to society. Interaction with external constituents is fostered through a variety of efforts including the Center for Economic Education, guest speakers, executives-in-residence, and advising groups.
The School strives to provide quality undergraduate and graduate management education through traditional as well as distance delivery. The faculty, staff, and administration of the SBI are committed to continuously improving the quality of our academic programs, our student support activities, and our service to the local and regional community.
From these core values, the School has derived the following guiding principles:
The school aspires to be recognized as one of the premier public regional schools of business in the Southeast.
Learning goals for the BS degree and MBA degree are presented below:
Students graduating with a BS degree from the SBI:
MBA graduates should: