Mission and Vision
The mission of the School of Business at La Salle University is to offer educational programs that prepare students for a purposeful life by integrating La Sallian values with current business management skills. Through its faculty, curriculum, extra-curricular activities, and relationships with the business community, the SBA creates a value-centered educational community as the milieu for its educational programs. Within this context it seeks to provide an appropriate blend of contemporary business theory and practice placing paramount importance on teaching and learning enriched by scholarly research and professional activity.
The Lasallian values outlined here provide a context for both the operating processes of the School of Business Administration and the ethical and behavioral characteristics that we want our students to reflect in both their personal and professional lives.
Dignity of the Individual
Recognizing that each person is created by God, each deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Because of this regard for the individual, the Lasallian value system recognizes that spiritual, intellectual, and professional education go hand in hand.
Primacy of Teaching, A Communal Process
Teaching and learning are the core activitiesy at the University. Around them is an atmosphere of informality and friendliness prevails creating a strong sense of community. The view that all faculty, administrators and professional staff are involved in the educational process creates a central focus for the shared learning process and the community building process.
Lasallian education has a twofold purpose: 1) a liberal education for a full, purposeful life; and 2) the development of professional knowledge and skills that enable career enhancement. In this context the Lasallian culture provides for the integration of the theoretical and practical throughout the education process.
Sensitivity to Societal Issues
La Salle prepares students for progressive leadership in their communities and strives to develop in them a sensitivity for ethical and human issues that face society such as poverty and justice.
Key Goals of the School of Business Administration
To offer a curriculum that is a contemporary blend of theory and practice and that reflects Lasallian values.
To recognize that the student is central to our efforts and as an academic unit to provide a supportive learning environment both in and outside the classroom.
To recruit, develop, and support a faculty who embodies the values of the SBA and supports its mission and goals.
To maintain active involvement with the business community to enhance all aspects of our programs.
To maintain a “continuous quality improvement” environment within the SBA to identify appropriate goals and objectives; to formulate strategies to achieve those goals; and to develop processes to measure actual performance against goals.
Building on a 300-year-old Christian Brother tradition of teaching excellence that successfully blends theory and practice, LaSalle’s School of Business provides innovative, contemporary programs designed to prepare students for meaningful careers and provides the business community with access to a broad array of professionally focused academic resources.
The cornerstone of our approach to business education is the creation of mutually supportive alliances with successful, forward looking partners in all segments of the business community both profit and non profit.
It is our intent to keep building on our heritage of integrating the practical with the theoretical and of blending professional preparation with the cultivation of the mind and spirit. Given this focus we are confident that we will be recognized as the business school of choice by increasing numbers of students and business organizations in the mid-Atlantic region.
Key Operating Strategy of the SBA to Achieve Vision: Creation of Partnerships
A partnership is defined as a web of mutually influential relationships interacting to the benefit of the partner organization, the student, and La Salle.
Key Impact Areas and Objectives
- Partnership Relationships with the Business Community
- Faculty Development
- Curriculum – Student Learning – Teaching
- Recruitment and Placement
- Facilities and Instructional Resources
- Operational and Program Effectiveness
- Relationship to the Neighboring Community