Anisfield School of Business (ASB)
Message from the Dean
As we conclude the academic year, it’s important to take a moment to reflect upon how far our business school has come over the past few years. Our accomplishments include:
- Accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the “gold standard” of accreditation for business schools around the world;
- Opening of a dedicated Career Services Office for business students, providing the full suite of career coaching services designed to prepare and assist students in finding cooperative education (co-op), internship and full time employment opportunities; and
- The launch of our highly successful Project Management Certificate program which arms working professionals, as well as our current students, with some of the most sought-after skills in today’s employment market.
Accelerated MBA for Working Professionals
This year we welcomed the third student cohort of our Accelerated MBA Program for Working Professionals. These students will earn their MBA degrees in just 20 months through an innovative curriculum which stresses hands-on learning, includes a trip to China to gain insight into the business opportunities available in today’s emerging markets, and gives students the chance to further sharpen their management and leadership skills through real-world consulting assignments with local area businesses.
This cohort group is comprised of an extraordinarily talented and diverse set of working professionals from a broad array of enterprises including several Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations. Participants come to us with an equally diverse set of undergraduate backgrounds which naturally include the business disciplines as well as such areas as journalism, psychology, chemistry, engineering and music. Because so much of the learning that takes place in MBA programs is the result of the interchange of ideas and experiences among the members of the class, the quality of the resulting learning experience depends upon the depth and breadth of the backgrounds of the participants. Given the impressive composition of the first three cohorts of our new MBA program, we are sure that our students are in for an amazing, career-altering and life-altering learning experience. (To learn more about the MBA program go to http://www.ramapo.edu/mba/)
So where do we go from here?
We will continue to explore and develop new initiatives to further improve the quality of the educational experience we provide to our traditional students and grow our offerings to additional student populations that will benefit from the expertise and teaching skills we have to offer. In light of the current economic climate, we will put significant emphasis on career coaching and professional skill development initiatives to ensure that our graduating students are fully prepared to successfully compete for the best jobs in the marketplace.
Stay tuned for updates on the continued growth and evolution of the Anisfield School of Business. As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions and greatly appreciate your continued support.
Lewis Chakrin, Ph.D.
Dean of the Anisfield School of Business
The Anisfield School of Business of Ramapo College provides students with a strong educational foundation for a lifetime of learning and for career achievement as responsible contributors and leaders. A student’s intellectual development is of paramount importance and takes place within a supportive learning environment where engaged faculty bridge theory and practice.
We aspire to be broadly recognized within the Greater New Jersey/New York metropolitan area for our exemplary record of graduating career-ready professionals who can immediately add value to, and are actively sought after by, both for-profit and non-profit enterprises.
Consistent with the norms of Ramapo College, the learning environment of the Anisfield School of Business is based on core values that emphasize academic excellence, professionalism, and learning-by-doing. The school embraces diversity, integrity and continuous improvement as cornerstone principles of a truly effective learning environment.
Adopted by ASB Unit Council – November 20, 2013
Established in 1979, the Anisfield School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – AACSB International, the hallmark of high quality management education worldwide. The School provides students with a strong educational foundation for a lifetime of learning and for career achievement as responsible contributors and leaders. A student’s intellectual development is of paramount importance and takes place within a supportive learning environment where engaged faculty bridge theory and practice.
In the spring of 2006, the School was renamed the Anisfield School of Business in recognition of the generous gifts of the Anisfield Family. The gifts were used towards the construction of the new academic building and to provide overall support for the business program. The Anisfield School of Business building opened in 2007 and has state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching computer labs and conference facilities. In the fall of 2010, the Global Financial Trading Laboratory opened with real time access to the world’s financial data and electronic trading systems that allow students to gain valuable insight into how financial and economic theories learned in the classroom apply in real financial markets.
The undergraduate business curriculum is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, business principles, hands-on experiences, and support vital to understanding and appreciating the economic, social, political, cultural, and technological environment of the global economy. The school’s MBA program prepares working professionals to become ethical and effective leaders in the global economy, able to integrate multiple perspectives into actions that make for a better future for all stakeholders. The Anisfield School of Business prepares students for careers in business and positions of responsibility in both the public and private sectors. Students also receive excellent preparation for pursuing graduate business and law school degrees.
The Anisfield School of Business places strong emphasis on teaching and mentoring. Student learning and development is of paramount importance. Faculty create and apply innovative teaching methods, interact with students in small-sized classes, deliver independent and team learning experiences, and provide ongoing one-on-one academic engagement and advisement. Faculty intellectual contributions are seen as vital in this education process. These contributions include pedagogical research to improve the instructional capabilities of faculty, practitioner research to ensure they are current and relevant in their fields, and discipline-based research to enhance them as scholars. Finally, the faculty contributes to the college and community by sharing their business expertise in private, public, and philanthropic endeavors.
The School’s faculty members hold advanced degrees in their fields, and many bring years of experience at the executive level in large and medium sized businesses. This mix of academic preparation and practical application allows students to see and experience how theory and practice interact in business. Academic advisement, career guidance, and professional development are integrated throughout a student’s years at Ramapo College.
The School offers five undergraduate majors: B.S. in Accounting, B.S. in Business Administration, B.A. in Economics, B.S.in Information Technology Management, and B.A. in International Business. The B.S. degree in Business Administration offers concentrations in finance, management, and marketing. The school offers minors in Accounting, Economics, Information Technology Management, and International Business as well as a Business Essentials Certificate for non-business majors. The Anisfield School of Business offers one graduate program, the Accelerated MBA for Working Professionals. Details can be found at: http://www.ramapo.edu/mba/ .
All business majors take the same set of business and professional core courses. Some of the core courses are basic to a business program and lead to competence in accounting, computer information systems, economics, finance, international business, management, marketing, and strategic management. As important as they are, these courses alone do not provide sufficient preparation to deal with the highly complex and often unanticipated forces that can influence personal and business activities. Accordingly, the Anisfield School of Business provides a strong liberal arts and interdisciplinary foundation to broaden the student’s perspective and intellectual abilities.
All students in the School begin their studies with one of two courses: either an integrative course exploring the intersection of business, government, and society, or a course exploring a broader spectrum of social issues. They complete their studies with an integrative capstone course that advances their strategic management competencies. In addition, all students are required to complete the Career Pathways Program which is intended to help students develop career management skills that can make them more successful in obtaining coops and internships while in school and relevant, full time employment upon graduation.
The Anisfield School of Business seeks to combine theory with practice by supporting the Cooperative Education Program, encouraging internships and sponsoring extracurricular organizations and activities. Students are urged to join the Accounting Club, the International Business Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Management Club, the Finance Club, the Marketing Club, and Enactus (the team formerly known as SIFE). The School also sponsors a local chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the leading national business administration honor society, and a chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an economics honor society. The School was home to the Eastern Economic Association from 2009-2014, hosts the Sabrin Center for Free Enterprise and participates in the competitive Fed Challenge.
All students in the School are given electronic mail accounts and encouraged to communicate with course instructors, advisers, and classmates using e-mail, the Moodle Classroom Management System and the College Luminis Portal.
Acceptance into all Majors of the Anisfield School of Business:
In general, students must achieve a 2.5 GPA or better at 48 credits in order to be officially admitted to any major in the Anisfield School of Business. However, students should carefully review the detailed admissions requirements in the 2.5 GPA Standard Appeals Procedures (PDF). For questions, see your faculty advisor or Kim McDonough in room ASB-227, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please refer to the Academic Course Descriptions section of the online catalog for course descriptions.
Anisfield School of Business Contact Information:
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (201) 684-7378
Fax: (201) 684-7957