Business Portfolio Program

Program Objective

The purpose of the Business Portfolio Program is to enhance the student experience through courses that focus on personal and career development resulting in well-rounded individuals who are poised and eager to accomplish their initial career goals upon graduation. The program will complement the academic experience by addressing the skills most often cited as lacking by employers and prepare our students to better meet employer needs in order to gain a more competitive advantage in the job market.

Learning Goals

The Business Portfolio Program has the following learning goals related to student outcomes:

  • To explore and assess career interests by developing career goals and plans.
  • To demonstrate understanding of and ability to conduct oneself in a professional and ethical manner.
  • To demonstrate an ability to critically reflect on current issues related to both business and practical life experiences based on Jesuit ideals.
  • To demonstrate competency in several areas including but not limited to professional development, leadership, program management and cultural diversity.

Program Themes

The Business Portfolio Program explores the following themes at each of the following class levels:

  • Freshmen:Building Your Brand

Students will begin to build a personal brand and form peer and business networks through: exposure to experts in academic, career and business development at both the national and local levels; develop an academic course plan; further develop critical thinking skills through writing assignments; complete an initial career/interest assessment and interpretation.

  • Sophomores: Marketing Your Experience

Students will continue to build their personal brand and explore career options through: intensive group and one-on-one career development skill training including resume and cover-letter writing and interviewing; and, launching an internship search.

  • Juniors: Connecting to the Real World

Students will further define career plans and apply those plans in meaningful connections with real-world business resources through: creating an initial job search plan; completing one internship; focusing on and growing existing networks; and polishing verbal and written business communication skills.

  • Seniors: Launching Your Career

Students will finalize career plans and begin their search through: working with a business mentor/coach; job interviewing, completing grad school applications; networking; and acquiring an understanding of job offers and negotiating contracts.

Grading Policy

The grading policy outlined below (applicable to all Portfolio courses) is administered and enforced through the Dean’s office.

1. Students must pass all Portfolio courses (eight in total) in order to graduate. The course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis only. A passing grade requires completion of all course requirements. As of August, 2011, no Incompletes (grade of I) will be given for Portfolio courses.

2. Students who have not turned in all assignments as stipulated on the syllabus will receive an F. If a student fails a Portfolio course, the student’s LORA account will be blocked. He or she will be unable to register for future courses until after completion of the missing coursework and getting cleared by the Portfolio office. The student will also be required to take the next course in the Portfolio sequence while finishing the previous coursework.

3. Incoming transfer students will not be required to make up Portfolio courses that they missed prior to transferring to the CoB. However, they will be enrolled in a Portfolio course upon becoming a CoB major and must pass all Portfolio courses going forward.

4. Students who study abroad for a semester or year will be waived from the Portfolio requirements for those semesters only.

5. Portfolio exemptions for medical reasons will be handled on a case by case basis through the Dean’s office.

6. Beginning with the Fall 2011 semester, students who fail a course and do not successfully complete their missing work will be ineligible to graduate until the course is successfully passed.

7. A grade of F in any Portfolio course may also affect a student’s: eligibility to join certain honor societies, eligibility to be included on the dean’s list, recommendations for employment or graduate schools and CoB scholarbships.