A Year in Review: 2022
2022 marked several historic milestones for the College of Business—from enrollment growth and new program development to record Giving Day fundraising and placement rates. Join us as we reflect on the Top 10 accomplishments of this year.
- This Fall, the College of Business reached record enrollment—1,502 undergraduate and graduate students, including a record-setting freshman class of 269 students. The College celebrated this milestone with students, faculty, and staff at the start of the quarter.
- Forty-seven bankers from across Louisiana and Mississippi attended the first Louisiana Tech University School of Banking in June. This new, week-long professional development program is designed to expand the skills and knowledge base of rising bank leaders. Courses were taught by over 20 Tech faculty members, top banking executives, bank consultants and regulators, and covered a variety of topics, including operations, risk management, liquidity, marketing, sales, and regulations. Year 2 of the School of Banking will take place in June 2023.
- The College was ranked as a Best Online Program, Best Graduate Program, and Best Undergraduate Program by U.S. News & World Report as well as Best Online MBA, Best MBA, and Top 25 Most Affordable Online MBA by Fortune. We were proud to note that the online MBA was up more than 70 spots over the 2021 USNWR ranking and the highest ranked program in Louisiana.
- The College of Business hosted its fourth annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace event with over 900 students, faculty, alumni, employer partners, and community members participating. The conference featured six virtual seminars, with DEI thought-leaders from organizations including IBM, Lowe’s, GDIT, Microsoft, Deloitte, General Motors, JP Morgan Chase, and Ford Next. The conference also offered eight networking events where business students from Louisiana Tech and Grambling were able to meet with recruiters from these top global companies.
- A record 97% of 2020-21 College of Business grads secured a job or admission to graduate school since becoming alumni. Students were hired by 178 unique employers across the U.S. including Amazon, Graphic Packaging International, the FDIC, Enterprise Products Partners, IBM, Lumen Technologies, Origin Bank, KPMG, RoyOMartin, and Salesforce. MBA and MAcc graduates both touted 100% placement rates.
- The College relaunched an array of international travel opportunities following a hiatus due to the pandemic. Students can choose from either a quarter-long exchange or two-week Summer session with the IÉSEG School of Management in Lille, France. Students have already taken advantage of these exchanges, with several more traveling in the Spring. Additionally, MBA students will travel to Santiago, Chile, this Summer to work with Chilean companies on a unique consulting project.
- Loyal alumni and friends came together during Louisiana Tech’s fourth annual Giving Day in April to help the College of Business raise over $429,000. Gifts raised during the 24-hour period of giving and fun competition benefitted a number of areas in the College, including student scholarships, faculty success, new programming, and technology upgrades.
- The College launched new programs in analytics, including the new MBA concentration in Business Data Analytics and the Undergraduate Certificate in Business Analytics. The Graduate Certificate in Business Data Analytics along with two new courses, CIS 507: Advanced Visual Analytics and BUSN 540: Professional Business Consulting, have been approved to implement soon. The Department of Marketing re-tooled their undergraduate major concentrations to further meet the needs of employer partners These include Digital Marketing, Sales, and Sports Marketing.
- After extensive review and reporting, the Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance received program of study re-validation by NSA’s National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. The prestigious designation is awarded to regionally accredited academic institutions offering cybersecurity degrees and/or certificates at the associates, bachelors, and graduate levels.
- The College continued to engage alumni and employer partners through the addition of major-specific Advisory Boards. The Marketing Advisory Board launched with nine highly qualified marketing alumni, and six notable alumni have been to the Dean’s Advisory Board. These key alumni and friends serve as a sounding board on curricular needs and assist with student placement and internships.
BONUS: Our students, faculty, and staff had some big wins this year! A team of finance students took home the top prize in the 2022 CFA Society of Mississippi’s Ethics Challenge, while students in the School of Accountancy are advancing to the Deloitte FanTAXtic National Competition, an annual case challenge designed to educate and prepare the next generation of tax talent for careers in business and tax. Our marketing and communications office earned three gold awards and one silver at the Educational Advertising Awards for excellence in higher education communications. Seven faculty members were recognized for publication in an elite academic journal and eight professors received the Argent Innovation Award for innovation in the classroom. Tech’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma received Honors, while our chapter of Beta Alpha Psi was recognized as a Distinguished Chapter.