Paul Jarley has been reappointed for another five years as dean of the University of Central Florida's College of Business, and he said the college will seek growth to provide the best for its students.
In his time at UCF, Jarley has worked to build opportunities for students in the the College of Business, including developing partnerships throughout the community, market-sensitive curricula and career-readiness advising. There was also the opening of the Blackstone Launchpad within the Student Union, which provides free confidential one-on-one startup coaching and other business-related services.
"Following Dean Jarley’s vision, the College of Business is transforming itself through a combination of new programs and curriculum, numerous business partnerships and a focus on student engagement into a model for modern business education," Jim Gilkeson, director of the college's Integrated Business Degree Program, said.
Changes are being made for the betterment of students, faculty and staff in order to build upon the current foundation and create new platforms, "to grow that engagement, so we can continue to learn from each other," Jarley said.
One example of this is Jarley's push for making The Exchange program bigger.
"The Exchange is sort of a meeting where the school brings in a former student or someone in the Orlando area who is now successful in their career to speak to all of the students," Jake Sollazzo, junior accounting major, said.
The College of Business' large student population depends and prides itself on diversity and trying to do things differently through student collaboration that allows for new ideas and creative solutions.
"The student experience today is better than at any time in the college's history, and the college enjoys a much stronger profile in the business community, as well," Marshal Schminke, Ph.D., professor of business ethics, said. The college has improved its international and national research reputation since Jarley started as dean.
Students felt that their course load is an issue. Some occasionally fall behind because of the amount of prerequisites and how classes are structured.
"I feel like if [the college] could help students build their schedules, it would help a lot of students progress through the college of business much easier," said Sollazzo.
"Before you go into the major, you have to go through five primary classes that go through many of the majors," Myles Yates, senior marketing major, said.
Yates also said that even though he understood that the college was trying to help students find the right fit for them, he struggled with the course load.
"I wish I had a warning [before] taking all of those classes. Not only to ease my schedule but to take time to make sure the major I was in was right for me."
According to an email from Jarley, about 2,000 students graduate from the College of Business every year. With this many students, there is enough reason to improve the college through the previously mentioned aspects like The Exchange and the Blackstone Launchpad.
"The better I get at doing the things necessary to lead change, the better the college's future will be," Jarley said.
Originally published July 21, 2017.