is my pleasure to introduce you to real life, real
business at Butler University. In the College of Business, we
provide our students with a series of unique environments where
students learn by doing.
Similar to a teaching hospital, we have created practice fields
in which students learn by working with real, local businesses.
This innovative approach provides students with the highest level
of skill development, provides our faculty with unique research
opportunities, and helps local businesses prosper and grow.
Undergraduate students begin their journey with the Freshman
Business Experience, in which they engage in guided
self-exploration, hone their teamwork skills, interact with local
partner companies and develop a business plan. This leads into an
innovative sophomore experience in which students develop and run a
live business for real money.
Career development is woven throughout the program. From
the day they arrive on campus, students work with an individual
career mentor who has vast professional experience. In the
junior and senior years, students complete two internships for
credit and many students choose to work and study abroad.
Interaction with real businesses with live cases continues
throughout the curriculum - from the freshman year throughout the
MBA program. Students have the opportunity to manage a $1
million investment fund in the stock market, provide advice to
private equity firms, assist local retailers with market research
and product recommendations - and so much more.
Students and faculty work alongside professional consultants in
the Butler Business Accelerator, which is a real consulting firm
that is run within the College. The Accelerator works with
middle-market companies in Central Indiana and has an impressive
client list. Students and faculty provide real solutions to
local companies, resulting in a learning experience that is
unmatched by any other business school.
I invite you to partner
with us as we engage students, faculty and businesses in
real life, real business. Send your comments and
suggestions directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look
forward to hearing from you.
Chuck Williams, Dean
College of Business