The Business Enterprise Learning Community is a residential experience designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore the multidisciplinary functions of the business field through: 1) connected coursework, 2) regular interactions with faculty, staff, and peer mentors, as well as 3) networking with business executives. The community also offers second year students the opportunity to further develop leadership and professionalism skills. The community seeks to inspire the "entrepreneurial spirit" in Gatton students and provide additional academic support for a richer first and second year experience.
The Business Enterprise Learning Community has two distinctive tracks: one for incoming business freshman and one for second year students in the Gatton College of Business and Economics. The first year program is for declared business students who are interested in pursing careers in one of the five business disciplines within the Gatton College: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing. The second year program is specifically for business students who are beginning the pre-major curriculum.
Students participating in the Business Enterprise Learning community will achieve the following outcomes:
- Students will have a better understanding of the majors and careers available in the business field.
- Students will have more transitional support as first year students and more access to Gatton faculty, staff and resources prior to upper-division status.
- Students will discover personal strengths and leadership styles through involvement in co-curricular activities and participation in service-learning initiatives.
- Students will understand the importance of professional development and networking through a series of professionalism workshops and site visits to companies.
All students who participate in the Business Enterprise Learning Community will reside in Champion Court I located in the north campus neighborhood.
First Year Track: Students who participate in the Business Enterprise LLP will be required to enroll in the corresponding business section of UK 101: Freshman Orientation course for the fall semester. In addition, students will also be enrolled in B&E 201: Introduction to Business Enterprise for the spring Semester. The purpose of this course is to provide an introductory level understanding of business concepts, which include business development, management, ethics, human resources, marketing, finance and business law.
Second Year Track: Students who participate in the Business Enterprise LLP will be required to enroll in a specialty section of UK 101: Emerging Leaders Institute. This course is a part of a highly selective leadership development program offered by the Center for Student Involvement and will be offered in the fall semester exclusively for Business Enterprise second year students. Additionally in the spring, students will be enrolled in a one credit hour career readiness course provided by the Graham Office of Career Management. The course will help students develop a deep understanding of career options with their business major, develop resume and interviewing skills, and begin to define meaningful career goals and learn how to implement them with utilizing career resources.
In additional to the connected coursework, students will benefit from co-curricular programming focused on leadership, community engagement, and professional development. Students in the Business Enterprise community will have access to specialty programming such as in-residence tutoring, professionalism and leadership development workshops, business immersion trips, as well as networking events with faculty and business executives.