COBE at a Glance
With a line-up of faculty with extensive industry experience, a list of core competencies designed to create well-rounded, critical thinkers and a variety of active learning opportunities that span the scope of its various departments, the Dauch College of Business and Economics (COBE) has become a driving force behind tomorrow's business leaders.
Every day, students in the COBE's finance program get a taste of what they can expect upon entering the financial world. In COBE's trading room, complete with Wall Street-style workstations and wall-mounted displays, finance students in the Eagle Investment Group (EIG) perform real-world fund and behavioral analysis. EIG first offered this chance to gain practical experience in January of 2000, and today manages and invests over $1 million of the University endowment fund in real markets.
"The interest in becoming part of this group has also grown to the point where we felt we needed to add more sophistication to the curriculum," explained Dr. Thomas Harvey, associate professor of finance and director of the EIG. "Twelve years ago, we had 12 finance majors. Now, we have 100. I think the success of our EIG program is the primary reason for the growth in this major."
Also providing every opportunity for its students to get hands-on training is the entrepreneurship program. Students in the major are presented with several different ways to learn the ins-and-outs of their future profession that include in-class virtual entrepreneurship simulations and student-run organizations. Entrepreneurship students also partake in Immersion Week, an intensive six-day educational and networking program that concludes with a team business concept competition.
"I loved the entrepreneurship program because it allowed me to gain real-world business knowledge from people who have been there," explained Ben Tracey, a 2011 graduate of the entrepreneurship program. "Not to mention, the program is formatted so that when I graduated from Ashland I had a presentable business plan to give to investors."
Immersion Week isn't the only COBE event that puts students face-to-face with industry professionals. Every year, the accounting students have the option to attend Meet the Accountant Night. Last semester, approximately 50 students attended the event and networked with recruiters from 14 different companies.
"I was one of many students who received an internship directly from attending the event,” said accounting graduate Emily Intagliata. "Ashland University is unique in the sense that it strongly encourages students to participate in events like this as early as possible to begin their steps in the career search process and to develop lasting contacts."