I believe experiential, hands-on learning is the most effective method of education. I propose a program where students can conduct research and learn about a specific industry, social issue, or anything that the student is interested in exploring. Partnering with a professor(s) who has compatible interests/expertise, the student will be able to pursue their intellectual curiosities in a dynamic and interactive way.
- different forms of management techniques and their applications and effectiveness.
- examining the impact of business on society and the environment by exploring how CSR measures can be enacted to limit deleterious effects while increasing profitability.
With the professor's guidance, students can structure their own learning environment and how to go about tackling their interest - whether through research, field trips, conferences, etc. Students could explore these topics in much more depth than what is covered in Marshall's existing core classes. While still taking Marshall's core courses, the breadth of knowledge would still be there, but the depth of knowledge in a student's particular area of interest would dramatically increase. Not to mention the inherent benefits of a program like this, such as: self-motivation, critical thinking/problem solving, and mentorship from a highly education professor who shares your interest, and many more.
Maybe a student chooses a topic Freshman year that takes him all the way through Senior year, resulting in an immense wealth of knowledge and experience on the topic. Alternatively, a student decides to break it up into smaller "term" projects and explore multiple interests throughout his/her four years. If two or more students find that their interests align, then small groups could work together with the professor, fostering teamwork and providing exposure to group dynamics that most jobs require.
In total, this loosely structured program supplies accepted students with the freedom and resources to pursue their academic and intellectual fascinations.