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Mission and Goals

The mission of the Hutton School of Business is to foster academic excellence and student achievement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Students are provided with a strong academic foundation in business, and are prepared to become productive, competent, and ethical professionals.  The Hutton School of Business provides a learning environment that is characterized by student-oriented instructional methodologies and the development of leadership and life-long learning skills in its students. 

At the Hutton School of Business, the following broad-based goals for students have been developed:

  1. Students will acquire the relevant disciplinary knowledge and competencies appropriate to their program of study.
  2. Students will acquire effective business-related professional skills.
  3. Students will be challenged to assess their personal values and connect them to ethical behaviors appropriate to their intended endeavors.

Based upon these broad-based goals, the Hutton School of Business has identified the following general intended student learning outcomes for students:

  1. Students will be able to explain the major concepts in the functional areas of accounting, finance, marketing, and management.
  2. Students will be able to evaluate the legal, social, and economic environments of business.
  3. Students will be able to describe the global environment of business.
  4. Students will be able to describe and explain the ethical obligations and responsibilities of the business decision-maker and the business.
  5. Students will be able to apply decision-support tools and resources to problem solving and business decision-making.
  6. Students will be able to construct and present effective oral and written forms of communication.
  7. Students will be able to work effectively with diverse colleagues in team situations.
  8. Students will recognize their individual leadership abilities and limitations.

Further, the Hutton School of Business has developed the following intended student learning outcomes for students pursuing the major/concentration in Accounting:

  1. Students will be able to solve complex accounting problems.
  2. Students will be able to identify and interpret the standards of conduct for accounting.
  3. Students will be able to analyze and report accounting information for decision-making.

The bachelor's in accounting degree program is designed to prepare students for positions of leadership in a variety of industries within the global marketplace.  A University of the Cumberlands accounting degree prepares graduates for potential careers in several areas including:

  • public and corporate accounting;
  • tax planning and compliance;
  • auditing;
  • internal auditing/fraud examiner;
  • information systems;
  • management advising services; and
  • government agencies such as the FBI, ATF and IRS.

Students at the Hutton School of Business have access to the latest media, audio and data transmission technology, and are able to work with faculty who are actively involved in the business community as financial advisors, tax consultants, officers of professional organizations, and members of corporate boards of directors. The University also provides accounting majors with opportunities to attend business presentations and gain practical work experience through corporate internships.

Students are provided with a strong academic foundation in business, and are prepared to become productive, competent, and ethical professionals.