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Miller Business Honors Program wins national award

Contributed by: Gayle Hartleroad
Published: Thursday, 01 February 2018 1:00 PM

Miller Business Honors Program honored with NASPA Award

Celebrating its First Decade, Elite Program Receives National Recognition

Washington, DC (January 17, 2018) – The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) has awarded Ball State University Miller College of Business’s Miller Business Honors Program its Promising Practices Award. NASPA’s Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs (SAPAA) Knowledge Community will present the award at the annual national conference, held this year in Philadelphia, PA.

This award recognizes Promising Practices in areas pertaining to Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Collaboration. Based on the notable publication, "Learning Reconsidered is an argument for the integrated use of all of higher education's resources in the education and preparation of the whole student. It is also an introduction to new ways of understanding and supporting learning and development as intertwined, inseparable elements of the student experience. It advocates for transformative education – a holistic process of learning that places the student at the center of the learning experience." As Learning Reconsidered articulates, we as higher education professionals are challenged to find ways to bridge the academic and co-curricular aspects of a student's experience.

Welcoming its first class in fall 2008, the Miller Business Honors Program is a four-year, cohort-based academic and scholarship program providing a differentiated curriculum and developmental programming focused on academic, professional, networking, and social growth. Additional key components of the program include: comprehensive academic advising, a student-run Executive Board, optional study abroad, and a unique Senior Experience.

In its first decade it will have graduated 122 students with an average cumulative GPA of 3.78, a four-year or less graduation rate of 98.5%, and an 84% retention rate. Alumni applaud internship and employment attainment at top companies across the country. The Program and the associated Miller Scholarship are supported by the Estate of Wallace T. Miller, Jr. and led by its co-founders Dr. Gayle Hartleroad, Director of Student Services and Dr. Lee Spector, Professor of Economics.

The Miller Business Honors Program was previously recognized with the Innovative Program Award from NASPA Region IV-East and Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).