On Wednesday, May 4, I visited the Anderson University (Indiana) Falls School of Business at the invitation of Dean Terry Truitt. I found an innovative B-school with a mission of serving students in the context of a Christian liberal arts college.
I had a wonderful time, and came away wishing someday I can be a part of something like Falls. The faculty and students should consider themselves blessed to be a part of it. There are several reasons why I consider Falls to be special.
First, it is devoted to Christian programming. All faculty must be prayerful Christians with a sanctified life and active participation in their respective churches. Why is this important? Christian behavior, ethics and morals can’t be taught out of a book. Students must be shown what is right, and have faculty whose primary qualification is a solid Christian life is absolutely essential.
Moreover, today’s business world is a ruthless jungle. Future business leaders with ethics and morals are needed today more than ever before. Historically, top corporate business executives have been frequently criticized for rationalizing away proper and admirable behavior in favor of the bottom line. Middle managers take hits for swallowing their consciouses and sense of right/wrong as they blindly follow the ethics-challenged directives of top corporate management. I’ve long believed that the key missing ingredient from contemporary B-schools is teaching students how to stand on principle. This is especially important for accountants and auditors, upon whom society depends for integrity. Integrity must be nurtured and supported, and if students don’t get it in college it’s unreasonable to expect them to get it in the world of business. That’s why Falls is a great place to send your college age student.
Second, faculty are active in scholarship, in both application and academe. Many of the Falls faculty I talked with have had a successful stint in the real world of business, and many continue to consult. Students benefit greatly from faculty who have been there and are still doing it. Other faculty are involved in the traditional world of academic research and publishing (Dr. Kent Saunders is the current editor of the Christian Business Academy Review). The value of this scholarship is proven by the number of Indianapolis business people that enroll in the schools MBA programs. Falls faculty are credible, respectable, and respected.
Third, the Falls School of Business has a DBA program, designed for faculty teaching at small Christian and private colleges. This DBA program is not for anyone aspiring for a position at an AACSB school (where more advanced and technical scholarship is required), but it is adequate for service in small colleges (many with ACBSP and IACBE accreditation).
I wish the very best for the Falls School of Business. It was especially nice to see my friend, accounting professor Cindy Peck.
Debit and credit – – David Albrecht