The School of Business Administration and Economics, founded in July, 2011, is relatively new to Brockport, but anyone familiar with the business program can verify that it has been exceptional for a very long time. Accredited by the AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the gold standard of quality among business programs, Brockport is among the scant five percent of all institutions worldwide to have earned this distinction.
In addition to the change in structure, there has also been a renewed effort to engage alumni with the program. The result? Business alumni are reconnecting and providing private support that is propelling the program to the next level. Professor of Finance, Sandeep Singh knows this first hand.
Through the generosity of alumni, the department has acquired Bloomberg terminals, the same computer technology used by numerous financial professionals on Wall Street. Assembling current financial news, data, research and analytic tools, these industry-leading platforms bring the real world of finance into the classroom. Now most finance majors will be fully Bloomberg certified when they graduate — a significant advantage. "Certification on the Bloomberg terminals sets our students apart. They can learn more and do more," said Dr. Singh.
As a twenty-plus year veteran of Brockport, helping students succeed has been a key priority. "They are such a source of joy and they respond to engagement," he said. He is delighted by the fresh opportunities for interaction the Bloomberg terminals provide, but he is always striving for other avenues. Academic competitions provide such opportunities. He has taken students to the CFA Research Institute Challenge in Buffalo and the Rotman International Trading Competition in Toronto where they could test their financial knowledge in simulated business situations. This "real world" competition allows students to take a critical look at their strengths and weaknesses and make informed decisions about their career paths. How did they compare to their peers? "Our students stand their ground," Dr. Singh said, with a hint of pride.
What is next for Business at Brockport? "We are doing unique things that will make the school stand apart and excel. The Bloomberg terminals are only one example." Students are being accepted to more competitive graduate programs, finding better jobs and moving up the ladder more quickly.
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