Business & Computer Technologies
Mission & Core Values
Consistent with the mission of Pennsylvania College of Technology, the School of Business and Computer Technologies is committed to offering professional and academic programming related to economic and employment realities in a student-centered, technology-integrated learning environment at the baccalaureate, associate, and certificate levels. The School offers nationally recognized programs and maintains a commitment to hands-on, applied, and experiential learning. As a professional school, we seek to positively impact society at large, communities, and organizations in which our students and graduates are members.
Implications of Our Mission
Students - Committed to the preparation of both working professionals and full-time students, we believe our mission is served best by attracting and retaining students from diverse demographic, cultural, educational, and experiential backgrounds uniquely united by a desire for quality education, personal attention and growth, and professional development.
Faculty - Our commitment requires faculty skilled both as instructors and as working professionals, who can teach from professional experience as well as theoretical knowledge. This commitment also necessitates sensitivity to the diversity of our students, faculty, and environment.
Pedagogy - We seek to fulfill our mission by encouraging a continuous process of self- improvement in our students based on a pragmatic, experiential, and engaging approach to teaching and learning aimed toward preparation for employment in high-demand, high-growth, traditional, and emerging occupational fields and/or participation in graduate educational programs. Our intent is to provide students with the interpersonal, communication, ethical, and analytical skills necessary for solving problems and for lifelong learning. We affirm that this is best accomplished through personal attention and through building relationships with our students as well as accessible, convenient, and innovative learning environments.
Learning Assessment - We seek to organize, document, and sustain an assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning outcomes. Supported by and in collaboration with faculty and administration, this process is designed to provide ongoing qualitative and quantitative evidence that students are achieving established learning outcomes.
Professional Focus - We realize that for a professional education to remain both high quality and practical, it must be responsive to a rapidly changing work environment, both culturally and technologically. Thus, it is imperative that we remain flexible and open to change in our delivery and curriculum.
- Faculty accessibility and personalized attention to students
- Small class sizes, particularly in upper-level courses
- Advanced, leading-edge facilities for teaching/learning
- Instruction in practical skills directed toward employability
- Emphasis on the importance of lifelong or continuing education
- Emphasis on integrity and ethics
- Reinforcement of communication skills throughout the curriculum
- Relationships with local and regional communities through outreach efforts
- Applied, hands-on technology
- Faculty with both academic and professional experience
- Work-based and/or experiential opportunities
- Continued professional development of faculty
- Flexible and varied methods of delivery
- Flexible and convenient offerings for nontraditional learners
- Assessment and continuous program enhancements
- Appreciation for theory and an understanding of its application