For all of us here at The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business, the 2021-2022 academic year started off at a fast pace and never let off.
We started the school year with the grand opening of Hewson Hall, the magnificent 108,000-square-foot building that now anchors the western edge of campus. We knew that the building, with its expansive, light-filled atrium, would be a destination. However, the extent to which our students, faculty, staff, and friends have flocked to the building is remarkable. It is now a hub for the Culverhouse community, and all day long (and sometimes throughout the night), students work together on world-changing projects in its many collaboration spaces. At the same time, transformative instruction takes place in the classrooms.
The building is also a different kind of focal point: many of our prestige college activities, such as the Capstone Student Investment Conference, Business Analytics Symposium, and awards events, are now taking place in Hewson Hall. Furthermore, we have also added new events this past spring that reinforce our focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion: the Women in Business Conference, Women’s Leadership Dinner, and the Malone Awards all celebrated and highlighted alums and community members who have made extraordinary contributions to not just the business world, but all of society.
Speaking of other highlights: Culverhouse is now among the top 100 business colleges in North America in terms of research productivity, according to the protocol established by the University of Texas at Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management. This is a huge accomplishment for us and represents a lot of hard work on the part of our team.
Finally, our student cohort this past year was the largest ever, and this fall promises another record-setting enrollment.
I am always excited to share all the great things we are doing at Culverhouse. If you find yourself in the area, please stop by.
Thanks and Roll Tide!
Dean Kay M. Palan
Continuous upward movement in undergraduate and MBA rankings
Undergraduate: Top 25 public
MBA: Top 20 public MBA programs
Recognized Centers of Excellence
Increased undergraduate & graduate enrollments
Increased graduation & retention rates
Increased placement rates
Consistent production of high quality & impactful research
Increased academic publications
Increased external funding proposals and awards
Increased diversity among students, staff & faculty
Increased faculty & staff retention
Increased climate of inclusivity
Enhanced collaborative partnerships with business & industry
Increased alumni engagement
Focused initiatives impacting society
Increased financial resources
Enhanced physical resources
Continuous AACSB accreditation for business and accounting
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October 1, 2016 – May 19, 2022
The Rising Tide, the $1.5 billion campaign for The University of Alabama, is focused on furthering UA’s mission of exemplary teaching, research, and service. Culverhouse’s target as part of Rising Tide is $200 million in order to support efforts to transform learning, society, and thought leadership within the College.
Housed within the Culverhouse College of Business, the Alabama Productivity Center, or APC, focuses university research and educational resources on enhancing business productivity and quality across the state. It does this by leveraging Culverhouse faculty and students to develop solutions that help businesses — large and small —increase efficiency and reduce costs.
APC was established in early 1986 and originates from a 1983 joint venture between The University of Alabama and General Motors. In 1996, APC became home to Region 3 of the Alabama Technology Network, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, for the state of Alabama.
Coordinating workforce development and innovation activities throughout Alabama
APC has been recognized by the National Council for Urban Development and the U.S. Economic Development Administration as an “innovative” and “imaginative” program, demonstrating its importance as a valuable resource for Alabama businesses.
Since 2013, the Alabama Productivity Center has had a total of
“As a summer intern at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama with the Alabama Productivity Center, I was able to gain a better understanding of the career field that I was preparing for. I learned valuable lessons, which can only be obtained through working in the field.”
– Hayden D. Bevil, PC, PPM Specialist
“We had professionals come in that had majored in business, talking about how their particular degree had helped them on their career path. These were very candid, courageous conversations. The women coming in to speak to these young ladies were really open with their personal life experiences, in a way that you don’t traditionally see in panels. That was really phenomenal to watch.”
– Cherie Moman, Director, Minerva Young Women’s Summer Business Program