2022 Donor Impact Report

Stephens College of Business

Interim Dean Amiee Mellon, Ph.D.

Dr. Amiee Mellon, Interim Dean“We’ve used our donor funds to support several priorities. Our James and Jennifer Newman Endowed Scholarship offers a full-paid scholarship for a student. Our Building Fund provided support for our new Cybersecurity Lab, and funded updates to flooring, paint and hallways and stairways in Morgan Hall. We also used donor funds to support our Grainger Center for Professional Development and secure Handshake, a tool to connect students with professional jobs, fellowships and internships. Our funds provide high school students with a college experience, which included mini courses and lunch with professors. We also are able to use Mongoose, a texting service to reach out to current and prospective students. We’re thankful for our donors who are allowing us to provide enhanced support for our students.”

Stephens College of Business Report

  • Both undergraduate and graduate programs are AACSB accredited — only 5% of business schools around the world hold this accreditation.
  • Enrollment has steadily increased over the past decade, with a more than 50% increase in undergraduate enrollment alone (2011 = 257; 2021 = 392).
  • SCOB offers four BBA majors, with several concentration tracks, including data analytics, human resources and sustainable finance that can be paired with a variety of business minors such as cybersecurity and sports management.
  • The Grainger Center for Professional Development assists students in job preparedness, including résumé and cover letter development, networking opportunities, internship, job placement and access to a professional attire closet.
  • The MBA program now offers in-person, synchronous and fully online course options with year-round start dates and one-year completion opportunity.
  • As of fall 2022, SCOB will offer a bachelor’s degree in data analytics. The relationship between cybersecurity and big data (particularly, data analytics) focuses on the capacity of collecting enormous amounts of digital information to avoid potential future attacks, therefore, SCOB is adding a new cybersecurity lab.
  • SCOB has recently secured its first endowed named program, The James ’74 and Jennifer Newman Accounting Program, which launched in 2021.
  • SCOB has changed its Business Core to be more indicative of “real world” applications, meaning less statistics, more analytics. As a result, two of the quantitative methods courses have been replaced with two courses that teach students advanced Microsoft Excel techniques, coding with Python and strategic business decision-making with data.

Donor Impact

Ashley Matthews“I feel incredibly grateful for scholarships because I have limited financial support from my family to get through college. I wouldn’t have the outlook I have now without it.”

– Ashley Matthews, a senior accounting major and student worker serving the institution in the Alumni Engagement Center


Ashley’s Story