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The Business Cluster

Solving Business Problems as a Team

The Business Cluster is an awesome experience that is hard to appreciate until it’s over because the professors expect so much from you. The final project is to write a 50-60 page paper and make a 10 minute presentation in front of a live client. It seems impossible, but by the time you’re done, you’re left wondering how you can fit all that you’ve learned into a 60 page paper and a 10 minute presentation.

Gary Dillabaugh, senior

The Business Cluster is consistently cited as one of the most valuable educational experiences by students and alumni. The concept of the cluster is simple. Bring teachers from multiple disciplines into one class and have students work as teams to solve business problems. Professors represent finance, management, management information systems, and marketing.

Student teams are then challenged to apply what they've learned from all four disciplines to solve authentic business problems. Students learn and integrate key concepts, and also gain practical experience in leadership, time management, teamwork, problem solving, and analytical thinking.

Undergraduates work on two to three projects during the semester, often with a real company needing help on specific issues.