Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science

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business and computer science

The mission of the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science is to provide educational programs in business, accounting, and computer and information sciences that integrate theories, concepts, and experiential applications with a Christian worldview.

department of accounting

The Department of Accounting prepares graduates for diversified careers in the practice of public accounting, not-for-profit accounting, internal auditing, federal taxation, and general accounting management, all with a Christ-centered worldview in order to prepare the graduates to be servant leaders in a global society. The department offers two majors:

department of business administration

The Department of Business Administration provides students with a broad curriculum of study in business-related courses with a Christ-centered worldview, preparing them for diverse, ever-changing, global careers, and equipping them for continued education and service. The department offers six undergraduate majors:

department of computer and information sciences

The Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) is a dynamic, nationally-recognized and growing department and is a leading U.S. institution among evangelical Christian colleges in producing computing professionals and scientists. The department offers three undergraduate majors:

Master of Business Administration

SBU's Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Compuer Science also offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree. The MBA program has been established to enhance the professional and personal development of the students, and provide the foundation necessary for occupational advancement.

 

accreditation

specialized accreditation

The Computer Science program at Southwest Baptist University has been accredited by ABET.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has accredited the following programs within the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science:

  • Accounting, B.S.
  • Business Administration (Traditional), B.S.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, B.S.
  • Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.

The traditional business administration programs that are accredited include Management, Marketing, Economics/Finance, Public Relations, and International Business.

The programs offered by the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science that are not accredited by ACBSP include the Business Administration (Non-Traditional), B.S. which comprises the General Business major offered on the Salem and Mountain View Campuses. Furthermore, the following majors have been recent additions to the College and as a result are not currently accredited: Accounting & Information Assurance, Web Systems and Design, and Sports Marketing.

program review

There are several different reporting measures the College of Business and Computer Science utilizes in order to identify what our graduates obtain as a result of their educational experience at SBU.  While the pursuit of a Christian higher education has a number of intangible experiences, the items that follow will help to convey the educational significance our graduates have gained.

major field test

The Major Field Test is a test given to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree by the ETS organization (the same company that administers the SAT test). ETS reports that from September 2013 to June 2015, 563 colleges and universities utilized this instrument to evaluate the capabilities of their soon-to-be graduates. 

According the ETS website, “the ETS® Major Field Tests are … outcomes assessments designed to measure the critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in a major field of study. The Major Field Tests go beyond the measurement of factual knowledge by helping you evaluate students’ ability to analyze and solve problems, understand relationships and interpret material from their major field of study.”  The areas of study considered on the Major Field Test are:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • International Issues
  • Legal and Social Environment
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Quantitative Business Analysis

The ETS website goes on to say that, “ETS offers comprehensive national comparative data for the Major Field Tests, enabling you to evaluate your students' performance and compare your program's effectiveness to programs at similar institutions nationwide.”

The data is presented in percentiles with 99% being the highest ranking of those taking the test and 1% being the lowest.  Here is how Southwest Baptist University students have performed over the last several semesters.

Date SBU College of Business and
Computer Science Overall Percentile
Spring 2015 85th percentile
Fall 2014 42nd percentil
Spring 2014 97th percentile
Fall 2013 94th percentile
Spring 2013 98th percentile
Fall 2012 85th percentile
Spring 2012 86th percentile
Fall 2011 99th percentile
Spring 2011 99th percentile
Fall 2010 99th percentile
Spring 2010 95th percentile
Fall 2009 85th percentile
Spring 2009 95th percentile
Fall 2008 80th percentile
Spring 2008  95th percentile
Fall 2007 90th percentile
Spring 2007 70th percentile
Fall 2006 70th percentile
Spring 2006 95th percentile
Fall 2005 90th percentile
Spring 2005 90th percentile
Fall 2004 90th percentile
Spring 2004 90th percentile
Fall 2003 35th percentile
Spring 2003 81st percentile
Fall 2002 76th percentile
Spring 2002 81st percentile
Fall 2001 95th percentile
Spring 2001 91st percentile
Fall 2000 98th percentile
Spring 2000 82nd percentile

Students majoring in Web Systems and Design erroneously took the MFT for Business in the spring of 2015 rather than the MFT for computer science. Their scores were removed prior to reporting the business MFT student outcomes for the spring of 2015. This was done in an attempt to provide accurate data utilizing the proper student population.

Assessment Summary Report

 

Certified public accountant (CPA) Exam results

The CPA is administered by the American Institute of CPAs.  The test is administered in four different sections.  These are:

  1. Auditing and Attestation
  2. Business Environment and Concepts
  3. Financial Accounting and Reporting
  4. Regulation

Since the inception of the computer-based CPA Exam in 2004, SBU Accounting graduates have passed exam parts at a cumulative 58% rate versus a 46% national average. While almost one-third of our accounting graduates do not attempt the CPA exam for various reasons, approximately 50% of all SBU Accounting graduates are CPAs today.

employment rates of graduates

Students graduating from colleges and universities across the United States tend to fall into one of the five following situations: 

  1. A student has been active in seeking employment prior to graduation, has been offered a position with an organization, and agreed to accept the position upon graduation.
  2. A student has applied and been accepted to a graduate program they will pursue upon graduating with a bachelor's degree.
  3. A student has begun looking for employment or is seeking acceptance into a graduate program but has yet to secure the desired position.
  4. While finishing his or her bachelor's degree, the student is not geographically positioned where he or she would like to live or is not devoting attention to the job search process early enough to secure employment prior to graduation.
  5. The student shows little, if any, initiative to find employment or pursue further education.

The College of Business and Computer Science rarely sees individuals which would fall into the fifth category discussed above.  This is partially related to the rigor and quality of the programs offered.  The programs provided at SBU simply do not appeal to that type of student.  However, we do have students which would fall into the first four categories which leads to the employment rates provided below.

Historically, we have typically found that more than 90% of our graduates have secured employment within six months of graduation. Recently, we began monitoring graduate placement with greater detail. We wanted to know when our graduates accepted employment offers or have been accepted into an additional educational program such as an MBA, PhD, etc. We evaluate this information at three different points of time: graduation day, three months after graduation, and six months after graduation. The following chart communicates the percentage of our graduates that accept employment or are admitted into an educational program.

Time Period At Graduation 3 Months From Graduation 6 Months From Graduation Of those employed, how many are utilizing their degrees?
Spring 2015 78% 92% Too early to tell 82% after 3 months
Fall 2014 57% 100% 100% 71%
Spring 2014 70% 95% 97% 79%
Fall 2013 36% 64% 82% 67%
Spring 2013 49% 77% 86% 81%

 

Where do our students find jobs?

What follows is a non-comprehensive list of organizations that employ our graduates.  It has been segmented according to each department that resides within the College of Business and Computer Science.

accounting department
  • Central Bank
  • Missouri State Auditors
  • BKD
  • KPGM
  • Ernst & Young
  • Dannon
  • Rubin Brown
  • Leggett & Platt
  • Grant Thornton
  • Kirkpatrick, Phillips, & Miller
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts, Corporate Headquarters
  • Accenture
  • Citizens Memorial Healthcare
  • Cerner Corporation
business administration department
  • Accenture
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Enactus
  • Citizens Memorial Healthcare
  • Bank of Bolivar
  • Jack Henry & Associates
  • Dannon
  • New York Life
  • Nestle
  • Hallmark
  • Microsoft
  • Edward Jones
  • BNSF
  • Bank of America
  • Boeing Intellectual Property Management
  • Progressive Insurance
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts, Corporate Headquarters
  • Sam's Club
  • Walmart Headquarters
  • Whirlpool
  • Reckitt Benckiser (Budapest)
  • GE Capital (Netherlands)
computer and information sciences department
  • Accenture
  • Cerner Corporation
  • IBM
  • Walmart Information Systems Division
  • Shelter Insurance
  • Jack Henry & Associates
  • Gateway
  • Garmin
  • Alarm.com
  • Tyler Technologies
  • Central Bank
  • Enterprise Leasing
  • Department of Defense
  • O'Reilly Automotive
  • ANPAC
  • Perceptive Software
  • CGI Federal
  • FIS Global

 

retention rates

The rates for retaining students from their first to their second year within the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science is as follows:

Fall 2014 to Fall 2015 70.0%
Fall 2013 to Fall 2014 78.3%
Fall 2012 to Fall 2013 69.8%

 

Graduation Rates

The graduation rates for first-year, first-time degree-seeking students within the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science is as follows:

Fall 2009 first-year students that graduated by 2014 41.2%
Fall 2008 first-year students that graduated by 2013 38.5%
Fall 2007 first-year students that graduated by 2012 47.1%

 

Departmental assessment reports

Accounting

Business Administration

Computer and Information Sciences