Recruiters, alumni and corporate executives alike have been consistent in their call for developing more effective business communication skills. FAU’s College of Business (COB) has a unique program to fulfill this need because it emphasizes integration, which has been nationally recognized as developing more effective and more lasting communication skills in graduate business students.
The Business Communications Program (BCP) is designed to improve the written and oral communication skills of students in the College of Business master’s degree programs. The BCP and its dedicated faculty have been nationally recognized by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International), the premier international accreditation agency for business schools.
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FAU’s College of Business (COB) graduate students must take the Graduate Business Communication Applications (GEB 6215) course during their first semester of graduate work. In this course, the graduate students acquire and refine their interpersonal, presentational, and written communication skills through a variety of assignments. These intensive, skill-building simulations are designed to teach COB graduate students to communicate both individually and as a group. The students are also taught how to present information dynamically, win support for ideas, and adapt communication to international audiences.
An equally important goal of GEB 6215 is to empower students to assess their own communication abilities and to identify areas of communication strengths and weaknesses. Upon completion of the course, students receive an incomplete or “I” grade. In the next step of the program, students must demonstrate their ability to use and maintain these higher-level communication skills throughout their graduate curriculum. Working in collaboration with the graduate course professors, the BCP faculty reviews and critiques academic and professional papers written for other graduate courses. Students must also be certified for a discipline-specific course presentation.
Note: GEB 6217: Communication Skills for Business Professionals substitutes for GEB 6215 in the Executive Education programs. It is a letter-graded, one- semester course with on-going support for students as they progress through their content courses.
The BCP Faculty
BCP faculty members possess advanced degrees in English, communication, and/or English as a second language and come to the program with business backgrounds. They provide communications training to local businesses and speak at local, national, and international meetings.
The BCP faculty is trained and dedicated to providing interactive, performance-based experiences. They are equally committed to providing one-on-one coaching to students as the students demonstrate their communication skills within their program-specific courses.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International) is the premier international accreditation agency for business schools. When the GBCP was part of the COB evaluation for the first time, the AACSB International report stated, “The most noteworthy innovation is the Graduate Communications Program. This program involves an intensive experience designed to improve student oral and written communication proficiencies. The accolades from students and faculty for this program were unanimous. The team applauds this fine effort.”
The second AACSB International accreditation report, stated, “The extension and involvement of communication faculty (beyond the graduate communications course) in the evaluation