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Diversity Initiative

The College of Business Administration actively seeks to enhance the overall level of diversity within students, faculty and staff. The college continues to provide its students, faculty and staff with opportunities to develop attitudes and skills necessary to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. The diversity initiative includes a commitment to the recruiting of multicultural students, increased student support and scholarship funds, and and an emphasis on retention and graduation of the multicultural student population.  

Between 2007 and 2015, multicultural student enrollment in the college has increased by 75 percent. That increased enrollment has translated into a first-to-second year retention rate that is more than 25 percent higher than the national average. Most importantly, our initiative has led to a multicultural student graduation rate that is 15 percent higher than the national average - and on par with the college as a whole.   

Program Goals

  • Foster academic & professional success of business students from under-represented groups.

  • Increase the number of students from under-represented groups enrolled in the college to better reflect the changing demographics.

  • Provide business partners with a diverse, outstanding student body from which to recruit employees.

  • Enhance the climate of inclusion for all faculty, staff and students.

  • Develop and implement curricula to enhance students’ cultural competencies.

  • Raise funds for scholarships for students with severe financial need and challenges.

Program Components

  • Student Recruiting
    • Koch College for a Day Program, over 2000 multicultural high school students participated since 2008-2009, 9 programs in 2014-2015 hosting 409 students.

  • Student Support and Scholarships
    • Koch IMPACT Scholarships: $60,000, 12 scholarships, 3.6 Average GPA, 96% retention.
    • Cargill Project IMPACT Scholars: $29,000 scholarships, 45 scholars, 3.2 Average GPA.
    • Hormel Foods Business Scholarship:  $5,000, 2 scholarships, required GPA of 3.515.

  • College of Business Administration:  $35,000 committed for students with financial need.

  • MBSA Book Purchase and Loan Program -- $3,000 during Fall 2015 semester.

  • Student Success – Retention, graduation and academic performance
    • Cargill/Phillips 66 Summer Bridge Program (MAPS):   
      • 81 students participated 2009 – 2015, 15 have graduated, 93.42% retention, 82.89% retention in discipline and a 3.13 average cumulative GPA.
      • 10 College of Business students participated in MAPS 2015, 4.0 average GPA.
    • Project IMPACT KOMPASSS: Navigating Your Way to a 4.0 – 3-day program for incoming freshman multicultural students to enhance academic performance (beginning August 2015).
    • Multicultural Business Student Association – connecting students and corporate partners
    • Annual Diversity Lecture featuring corporate partners and alumni
    • Business Success:  Monthly meetings and support for incoming freshmen and transfer students

Corporate Partners

  • Cargill
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Hormel Foods
  • Koch Industries
  • Phillips 66
  • Union Pacific

Five Year Goals

  • Focus on student success -- expand student success programs (tutoring, peer-mentoring and advising).
    • Increase 1st to 2nd year retention to 85%.
    • Improve 6-year graduation to 80%.
  • Launch a Diversity Advisory Council with corporate partners, alumni and students.

  • Participate in campaign to raise $500,000 per year for scholarships for students with financial need.

  • Develop and launch high school & middle school pipeline programs and summer camps.

  • Host a regional Leadership Conference for the Multicultural Business Student