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STEM Education, Business Schools Need to Be Joined at Hip

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STEM programs and business schools need to find ways to collaborate.

A panel at the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) conference in Phoenix last week urged science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs and business schools to find a way to collaborate, to benefit both students and institut

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Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs and business schools should find a way to collaborate and build bridges, according to a panel at the recent Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International conference.

The panel aimed to outline how business schools should get STEM designations and participants noted that there are natural overlaps in enterprise IT and business, such as IT auditors and accountants and business analytics and computer science. Panelists said universities could gain some real returns by bridging business schools and STEM programs because STEM has some government funding behind it, and business schools can more easily promote STEM in the field.

One potential area for STEM and business school collaboration would be a focus on joint degrees, says U.S. Airways CIO Brad Jensen. Another area identified by the panelists was enhanced communications skills.

Some administrators noted that STEM students are increasingly speaking English as a second language, making communication difficult, so a successful collaboration would provide students with these skills via liberal arts classes as well as the business literacy they need to work with C-level executives.

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