Message from the Undergraduate Dean
As a double alumnus, parent, and former member of the faculty, I have had an amazing experience as part of the Babson community for more than four decades.
As we approach our centennial year in 2019, my goal as interim dean of the undergraduate school is to continue to strengthen what Babson does so well. Here are the three core areas that I will focus on:
- Incorporate additional experiential learning opportunities throughout the Babson experience. Learning by doing is the best way to prepare students to make an impact in organizations of all kinds. Babson’s award-winning Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship course immerses first-year students in the business world, encourages them to turn ideas into action as they explore, develop, launch, and grow their businesses. The elective curriculum offers a management field experience to consult with local organizations, and core courses continuously weave real-word examples to illustrate business challenges. Moving forward, I will work together with the academic and career development teams to find new ways to provide even more experiential learning opportunities for students throughout their four years at Babson.
- Expand opportunities for personal growth, community responsibility, and appreciation for diverse viewpoints. Our students today will become the leaders of tomorrow. To make an even greater impact as leaders in organizations of all types and sizes, the need for soft skills, in addition to hard skills, is critical. A curriculum that incorporates issues concerning social, environmental, economic responsibility, and sustainability (SEERS) will become even more central to our students’ education and experience to ensure we’re shaping well-rounded leaders prepared to created social and economic value everywhere.
- Encourage early and often engagement with the Center for Career Development. Career exploration benefits a student, regardless of what year they are. Throughout my time here, I’ve seen the advantage of students engaging early and often with our Center for Career Development (CCD) in order to refine their goals, explore new paths, and define their next steps. Moving forward, I hope to urge students to continue forging early relationships with the experienced advisors in CCD and take advantage of countless opportunities that will help shape their short-term and long-term career journey.
Dr. Henry N. Deneault
Interim Dean of the Undergraduate School
Vice Provost of Academic Operations