A blog of anonymous Baylor MBA students writing about their experiences while in graduate school.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Build New, Not Up!

Currently there exists a proposal that the Hankamer School of Business (HSB) facilities will undergo some remodeling. From how it sounds, the building will include an addition of two extra floors on top of the current 5 story tall Cashion building.

There is no question as to why this is needed. The undergraduates overwhelm the facility occupying all rooms possible leaving the graduate business students little to no room. In true business style, a survey was sent to the students asking for feedback as to how to best utilize the addition of two more levels of floor space. Unfortunately though, the survey did not ask the real question that needs to be answered, why don't we just build a new business school?

Hankamer which was built in 1959, went through a similar remodeling period in 1988 when the addition of the 5-story tall Cashion building was added to accommodate the need for additional space. So you ask yourself, why is the proposal to build up (all 2 floors that is) and not build new like Baylor did back in 1988 with Cashion? Well, that question this author cannot answer but this author can provide some reasons as to why Baylor should build new and not up (on top of Cashion that is).
  1. What is 2 floors going to accomplish? Yes, it will give some additional space but is the benefits of the extra space worth the cost of building up?

  2. Re-energize the business school. HSB has numerous distinguished facility, nationally ranked business programs yet a business school that many students feel is overlooked by the administration. There are countless reasons why a business program for any university should be near the top of the priority list. Business schools are where a university produces the next corporate executives. Executives who will then be able to donate personally, or through their company, large sums of money to a university. Furthermore, name recognition of a university, as this WSJ article alludes to, is largely tied to overall recognition of that university's business school.

    With this in mind, no single example is better than that of the Law School. Once Morrison Hall was the home of the Law program which for comparison reasons was ranked similar to that of the business school. But now look at the program. Baylor Law Program rivals that of the top 10 law programs in the nation. Since the addition of the new Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center in 2001, Baylor Law has become a yearly host to the Texas Supreme Court, Baylor Law School hosted President Bush's 2002 Economic Forum, hosted Programs for Texas Prosecutors and much more. When a university has great facilities, people want to use it. It's that simply. People do not want to use a building that looks like it has been "bandaged up" in an attempt to accommodate the need for more space.

  3. Vision 2012, the vision of the university for the current and coming years ahead has out of the 12 imperatives 5 that directly tie to facilities and why the business school should build new and not up.

    Imperative I -Establish an environment where learning can flourish. Now yes, the Bloomberg room is amazing but when there exist graduate level class that in the first few weeks of class, students had to literally sit on the floor (yes, no chair) because their wasn't room for the student in the class is unfortunate. It disrupts learning and inhibits in-class discussion, which is a critical learning element for any graduate level class.

    Imperative III - Develop a world-class faculty. Just imagine how much easier it would be to recruit distinguished facility if we had a great building. Large offices and classrooms delights the eyes of any professor.

    Imperative IV - Attract and support a top-tier student body. A similar argument is made about imperative IV that was made for Imperative III. Students more now than ever are looking for top academics, as U.S. News & World Report indicate, as a reason to choose a university over another. And if one university has recognition for having a top facility, that's even more reason why that student would choose Baylor.

    Imperative VII - Provide outstanding academic facilities. Now there isn't a more explicit reason why to build a new facility for the business program than this imperative. Imperative VII directly details why providing top facilities for facility, staff and students is important. And this imperative should not be under valued.

    Imperative XI - Emphasize global education. With new business facilities for students, Baylor would more easily be able to host international exchange students. And in turn, Baylor would be able to send students to those corresponding schools in return.

It's amazing how such an event as building a new business school can transform an entire university. It is for those reasons listed above why this student strongly believes in the idea for Baylor to Build New, and Not Up for the Baylor Business program.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a current undergraduate of Baylor's Business program with an older sibling currently in the graduate business program as well, I am one to say that I also strongly support building a new business school instead of added a few extra floors.

It would add so much to the university if Baylor was to do this for the Business program. As the author mentioned, their exist various (valid) reasons why the university should build new and not up.

Just my 2 cents.

December 26, 2005 4:47 PM

Anonymous J. K. said...

The Law school is a great example! As an alum of Baylor graduate school, my vote is for building a new Business school instead of building on top of Cashion. J.K.

December 27, 2005 3:08 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"With this in mind, no single example is better than that of the Law School. Once Morrison Hall was the home of the Law program which for comparison reasons was ranked similar to that of the business school."

not correct.

December 29, 2005 9:57 PM

Blogger Mr. Persons said...

In reference to the last post. Listed below are links to both the Law School and Business School programs national rank.

Business School

Law School

From the articles,
* Overall, Baylor Law School is ranked 52nd by U.S. News in what it terms its "Top 100 Schools" listing.

* In 2002, Baylor's trial advocacy program was ranked 16th nationally

* The MBA program is rated in the top 20 percent of accredited collegiate business programs in U.S. News and World Report. In addition, the MBA program is ranked as one of the "Top 80 Business Schools in America" in The Princeton Review.

* The entrepreneurship program is ranked ninth by U.S. News and World Report.

* The accounting program is ranked 10th by The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, for pass rate on 2000 CPA exam.

December 30, 2005 7:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Baylor undergrad and current MBA student as well as a strong supporter of 2012, I have to disagree. I will be the first to admit that the current business school could be so much better. Unfortunately there are Baylor alum and so called supporters who only how to complain about all the money that is being spent to better our University. This most likely will have a lot to do with the business school being built up and not new. The Cashion building was built to go up 3 more floors. Economically it really doesnt make much sense for Baylor to build a new business school at this time. Cashion is still relatively new by building standards and should continue to be utilized. Perhaps when our children grace the halls of Hankamer high it will be in a new building. Until then we should support the move up and do our best to make it fit our needs.

December 31, 2005 12:39 PM


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