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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

College of Business celebrates 50 years of innovation | The Auburn Plainsman

"The Auburn University Raymond J. Harbert College of Business celebrates its 50th anniversary this year" inform Rowland Sauls, Community Writer.

In 1967, Auburn University’s board of trustees decreed to start a school of business. The school expanded the number of programs it offered and was named a college in 1985. Since then, the college has been renamed, found a new home and found innovative new ways of delivering education to students.

Bill Hardgrave became the dean of the college in 2010. According to him, the Harbert College of Business’s success is attributed to a history of being innovative and to the donors who have “made investments” in the college.

“We’ve been an innovator…and a first mover, and we get in there, and do things that others couldn’t do and wouldn’t do,” Hardgrave said.

Hardgrave said the college’s innovation is highlighted by its history of offering distance learning options and by its infrastructural advances on campus.

“We’ve been very progressive and aggressive on non-traditional forms of delivering education,” Hardgrave added. This began with delivering lectures by mailing VHS tapes to students. Later, in 2004, that method was improved upon by replacing the tapes with DVDs. Now, those forms of delivering education have manifested into a thriving set of online programs. Four of them are currently ranked top-ten programs.

Innovation on campus included the construction of Lowder Hall, which opened this month, 25 years ago. Now, a new building has been designed and is set to open its doors by 2019. The new building will contribute to “…changing who we are as a college,” Hardgrave said.

The new 100,000-square-foot building will offer class rooms and learning areas that facilitate a non-lecture teaching style. There will be capabilities for breakout sessions, flexible learning spaces and technological infrastructure to further efforts in distance learning.

Source: The Auburn Plainsman