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How Academic Administrators Shape Experiential Learning Curriculum Based on Employer Feedback
by Kennington, Jessica, D.B.A., Capella University, 2021, 144; 28322852
Abstract (Summary)

This generic qualitative inquiry was guided by the following research question: How do academic administrators of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business AACSB accredited business schools shape experiential learning curriculum based on employer feedback regarding workplace readiness and employability? The study explored experiences of academic administrators regarding the use of employers' feedback in terms of incorporating experiential learning into the business curriculum. This generic qualitative inquiry utilized semi-structured interviews with 13 academic administrators of AACSB accredited universities in the United States. Data collected from the interviews were transcribed and were analyzed using NVivo macOS version 11 software, resulting in six key themes. Findings of the study indicate that (a) employers and universities are partnering to create experiential learning curriculum; (b) real-world projects are being incorporated into curriculum although internships are also encouraged; (c) the faculty, not academic administrators drive curriculum decisions; (d) trends in employer feedback are required before implementation is considered; (e) employer feedback is focused on workplace readiness skills not course content, concepts, or industry knowledge; and (f) there are still challenges regarding faculty willingness to address employer feedback through experiential learning curriculum.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stein, David
Commitee: Valentine, Dawn, Morgan, James
School: Capella University
Department: School of Business, Technology and Health Administration
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher education, Educational administration, Curriculum development
Keywords: Academic administrators, Curriculum, Employability, Experiential learning, Workplace readiness
Publication Number: 28322852
ISBN: 9798597016030
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