Faulkner University

M.S.M. Catalog/Handbook

Table of Contents


GENERAL INFORMATION

Mission Statement

Scope, Main Campus, Centers

Goals of the University

History

Physical Facilities

Library Services

Project Key/Americans with Disabilities


FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Tuition and Fees

Payment Policies

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

Financial Aid Policies

Satisfactory Academic Progress


M.S.M. PROGRAM INFORMATION

Numbering of Courses

Program Description

Program Design & Structure

Career Objectives

M.S.M. Admissions Criteria

M.S.M. Degree Requirements

Course Descriptions

Graduate Faculty


ENROLLMENT

Academic Advising

Registration

Disenrollment and/or Administrative/Academic Withdrawal

Re-Enrollment

Re-Taking Courses

Dual Enrollment

Withdrawal Policy

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Code of Conduct

Classroom Attendance

Dress Code

Cell Phones in the Classroom

Inappropriate Behavior

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism and/or Complicity


EVALUATION AND GRADUATION

General Evaluation Criteria for Projects, Cases, Etc.

Completion Requirements for Projects, Cases, Etc.

Comprehensive Examination

Grading Policy

Academic Appeal

Consultation with Administration

Graduation Requirements


MISCELLANEOUS

Textbooks

Computer Information Resource

Letter of Recommendation

Contact Information

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

MISSION STATEMENT OF FAULKNER UNIVERSITY
Faulkner University is a multi-campus, private, coeducational, Christian University offering certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degree programs that are designed to prepare students for careers or advanced studies in the arts and sciences, business, professional or vocational education. Additionally, Faulkner University offers the graduate degrees of Juris doctor in Juris prudence through the Jones School of Law and the Master of Science in Management through the Harris College of Business.

When Faulkner University was first established in 1942 as Montgomery Bible School, the primary purpose was to prepare leadership for the churches of Christ. Through the years, the institution has maintained this purpose while broadening its scope to meet the educational needs of an expanding student body. This growth is evidenced by the name change to Alabama Christian College in 1953 and the more recent name change to Faulkner University in 1985.

The foundation principle of Faulkner University is predicated on the conviction that the Bible is the inspired word of God. This premise reflects the belief that man was created in the image of God with a mortal body and an eternal spirit. The purpose, therefore, of Faulkner University is to provide quality higher education that will promote both the spiritual and physical success of the individual. The scope of this quality education encompasses academic growth and spiritual maturity for all who are within the university's sphere of influence. The Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students of this institution are dedicated to this pursuit of academic and spiritual excellence.

Faulkner University has a commitment to provide a Christian environment in a university setting which encourages the highest Christian ideals and spiritual maturity by preparing the student to understand the Bible and to apply the principles of Christianity to every aspect of life - personal, family, church, profession, community and nation.

Another distinction of Faulkner University is the commitment to inculcate Christian ethics, morality and concern for others through the curriculum content of all educational programs so that students may acquire academic knowledge which will qualify them to pursue their personal goals and vocations of choice and make meaningful contributions as productive Christians and citizens of a democratic society.

SCOPE
Faulkner University offers certificate, associate and baccalaureate programs, a graduate program through the Harris College of Business, and also the Juris doctor graduate degree program through the Jones School of Law. Enrollment consists of traditional dormitory and commuting students as well as non-traditional and evening students.

MAIN CAMPUS
The Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences provides a core curriculum of liberal arts for all degree programs as a foundation upon which subsequent learning is based. It also offers certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees in certain liberal arts disciplines.

The Harris School of Business & Executive Education offers programs designed to prepare leaders for roles in the business community and the free enterprise system. It offers certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees in various areas of business and executive education.

The Jones School of Law operates a full-time program of study leading to the Juris Doctor degree as a part of the Faulkner University system. It has been in existence for sixty years and has established a reputation for producing capable attorneys, judges, and leaders for the state of Alabama. The School of Law has been under the auspices of Faulkner University since August, 1983.

The V.P. Black School of Biblical Studies provides all Faulkner students instruction in the Bible. Bible majors are prepared for leadership roles in churches of Christ.


CENTERS
The centers in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile offer associate degrees. Their enrollment is composed of adult students such as working professionals who are seeking to enhance employability and job-related skills. Programs at these centers are offered both day and evening.



GOALS OF THE UNIVERSITY
The specific goals of the University include the following:

  1. To develop an appreciation for the Christian heritage and for the Bible as the
    inspired word of God, and a desire to become Christ-governed individuals.
  2. To assist students in developing a strong Christian base of spiritual commitment and character.
  3. To instill in students the basis for excellent moral, ethical and responsible social behavior.
  4. To prepare students for employment in productive and satisfying careers.
  5. To prepare students for leadership and service roles in the church and in civic and community affairs.
  6. To equip students to accept responsibility for their own life-time learning experiences and to prepare them for advanced and graduate study.
  7. To develop good communication skills.
  8. To prepare students for responsible roles in a free society, to participate in representative government and to function in the American capitalistic free-enterprise economic system.
  9. To give students the Biblical, moral and social bases and the necessary skills for building strong families.
  10. To develop within students an appreciation for aesthetic literature, art, music, theater and nature.
  11. To instill principles and skills for life-time mental and physical well-being.
  12. To prepare students to adapt to a changing technological environment and to make use of technological advances to enhance the quality of their lives.

 

HISTORY
Faulkner University received its original charter June 5, 1942, as Montgomery Bible School under the leadership of founders, Dr. Leonard Johnson, Dr. Rex A. Turner, Sr. and Joe B. Greer. On September 14, 1942, the first class began with twenty-three students enrolled in grades nine through twelve and the first year of college. The physical plant consisted of a single two-story frame building located on a twenty-six acre campus on Ann Street in Montgomery, Alabama.

In 1948, the institution became a member of the Association of Alabama Colleges. By 1950, the physical plant had been increased to accommodate more than two hundred students. On April 13, 1953, the original charter was amended to change the name from Montgomery Bible School to Alabama Christian College.

In 1965, the college moved to its present 74 acre site on the Atlanta Highway in north-east Montgomery. On December 1, 1971, it was accredited at Level 1 by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation was reaffirmed in 1975 and again in 1984.

In 1975, the first extension centers were begun in Mobile, Birmingham, and Huntsville. The Sheffield Center was opened in 1976 and later moved to Florence in 1981. In 1977, all the extension centers were determined by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to come under the accreditation of the Montgomery campus.

In 1978, the college applied to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for senior college status. The first junior class entered in September, 1981, and the first senior class in September, 1982. Within weeks of the graduation of its first baccalaureate class in June, 1983, the college was granted candidacy status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and its teacher education program was approved by the Alabama State Department of Education. Accreditation of Faulkner University at Level ll was received December 11, 1984. The university received level V, level B accreditation for Jones School of Law in 1990.

On April 19, 1985, the Board of Trustees changed the name of Alabama Christian College to Faulkner University in honor of Dr. James H. Faulkner, Sr., long-time Chairman of the Board and a major benefactor of the university.

 

PHYSICAL FACILITIES
Faulkner University's main campus is located on the Atlanta Highway near the intersection of Interstate 85 and Eastern Boulevard. It has a large campus convenient to shopping malls, theaters, restaurants, and churches.

The E.L. Cullom Rotunda with its unique spire, is a Montgomery landmark. It provides faculty and administrative offices, a large auditorium, and classrooms.

The Gus Nichols Library contains the major collection of books, serials and audiovisuals in the university's holdings.

The Tine W. Davis Gymnasium houses the Physical Education and Athletic Departments, including a gym, weight room, dressing areas, classrooms, offices and space for further development. Tennis courts and intramural fields are adjacent to the gym.

The Student Multiplex houses recreational facilities, weight room, dressing areas, racquetball courts, classrooms, offices for the coordination of student activities and the Student Government Association, the office of the Dean of Students, the Health Center, and the Grille.

The Softball Complex is located near the gymnasium and is used for intercollegiate as well as intramural competition.

The Lamar Harrison Field baseball complex is located on the north side of the campus, adjacent to Hunnicutt Park.

The Pop Myers Fine Arts Center is an attractive building on the northeast side of the campus. In addition to offices for music and theater faculty, it provides an auditorium, stage, practice rooms, storage rooms, and choral rooms.

The Linda Y. Brooks Hall provides spacious facilities for classes in science and other disciplines, as well as for faculty offices. The Instructional Support Lab, which offers tutorial services utilizing state of the art computers, is located here.

The J. L. Perry Cafeteria houses not only the food services of the university but also Cafe Siena, the mailroom, and the university bookstore.

The Leonard Johnson Hall houses classrooms, academic computer lab, offices of the Harris School of Business & Executive Education staff/faculty.

The Jones School of Law Building houses the law school offices and the law library.

The Joe Greer Hall houses classrooms, faculty offices and the Dean's office for the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Harrison Apartments offer modern housing for female students in the 4000 and 5000 building and male students in the 6000 and 7000 building, making available individual phones and cable TV hook-up for each room, and a furnished kitchen, living area, and washer and dryer.

The Burton, Baldwin, and Davis dormitories furnish housing for male students in a modern setting, making available individual phones and cable TV hook-up for each room. Rooms meeting ADA requirements are also available upon request.

The Harris Dormitory furnishes housing for female students in a modern setting, making available individual phones and cable TV hook-up for each room. Rooms meeting ADA requirements are also available upon request.

The Harris-Parker Building houses classrooms, faculty offices and the Dean's office for the V. P. Black School of Biblical Studies.

The Harris College of Business houses the College of Business classrooms and offices, distance learning classroom, multimedia computer labs, the President's office and Boardroom, and other administrative offices.

 

LIBRARY SERVICES
Named for the Gospel preacher Gus Nichols, Nichols Main Library is at the academic heart of Faulkner University. The library houses over 100,000 volumes and provides study space for individuals and groups. The library offers computerized search capabilities, micro format viewing and printing, and copier services. The Nichols Main Library subscribes to over 280 serials and is equipped with a variety of formats such as video cassette, audio cassette, recordings and films which support the university's curriculum. A friendly staff and qualified professionals are available at all times to assist students. In addition to printed material, there is also a large selection of online resources including articles, journals, periodicals, and e-books available through the library's webpage on the Faulkner website.

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Library resource rooms are available at Faulkner's extension centers throughout the state of Alabama. The resource rooms make available materials which are relevant to curricula at the centers. Resource room hours are posted. Additional materials may be requested through the Nichols Main Library.

The library at Faulkner University is an institutional member of both the American Library Association and the Association of College Research Libraries. Reciprocal borrowing arrangements with neighboring institutions of higher education are available for students, faculty and staff. For more information, ask a staff member at Nichols Library.

 

PROJECT KEY/AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES
Project Key, a service for students with disabilities at Faulkner University main campus, serves as the central contact point for all students with disabilities, including: Harris College of Business, V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies, Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences, Jones School of Law and all extended campuses. Students are responsible for informing the University of their need for accommodations and services.

Contact Pat Morrow, Director of Project Key at 334-386-7185, 1-800-879-9816, extension 7185 or by email pmorrow@faulkner.edu. More information may be found on the University website, www.faulkner.edu under Student Life/Student Services.

 

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

TUITION AND FEES
Financial information provided here is simply a guideline to assist the students for general information purposes. It is not designed for specific financial information, which should be obtained from the Business Office.

The cost of tuition, fees and other charges are printed in the Graduate Catalog. The catalog outlines special financial policies, academic policies, and associated tuition and fees; please consult the catalog for further details. The university reserves the right to adjust these rates at any time before charges are incurred by the student. For current tuition, please check with Graduate Enrollment and/or the Business Office; tuition does not include the cost of books.

NETWORK PRINTERS

Faulkner students have access to network printers in computer laboratories, libraries and learning resources centers. Faulkner allows students to print 250 pages per semester. Students who exceed this will be billed ten cents ($.10) per page on their business account.

PAYMENT POLICIES
Registration is not complete until Business Office acceptance is granted. Further details may be accessed via website registration process or from Business Office personnel.


Checks for tuition and fees should be made payable to Faulkner University and must identify the student for which payment is made. Faulkner University accepts MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. Books and supplies are available from Follett Bookstore on campus and must be purchased separately.


A fee is assessed for each returned check or other item. If a student has checks repeatedly returned, subsequent payments in cash or by cashier's check will be required.

Students may apply to defer a portion of their balance for each semester. The remaining balance, after a down payment and confirmed financial aid may be divided into equal installments. For certain adult programs, special deferred payment arrangements and are subject to initial and intermittent credit reviews.

A deferment fee is assessed for those students permitted to defer payment.

A late payment fee is assessed for each late payment. Students who are delinquent with payments may not be allowed to continue in classes, or register for future classes.

 

THIRD PARTY REIMBURSEMENT
Students whose accounts will be paid by a third-party sponsor, such as a company, church, the military or some other organization, must submit a written commitment to the university. The university may defer payment of the reimbursement amount until funds are received from the third party. Any amount not covered by the third party must be paid by the student. A deferment fee will be charged.

If the student's bill remains unpaid contrary to terms of the third-party agreement, continued enrollment may be delayed until suitable arrangements are made. The student is ultimately responsible for the timely payment of the account.

Third party reimbursement must be received by the university no later than 60 days after completion of the term. If funds are not received on time the student is responsible for the remaining balance due.

FUNDS PAID DIRECTLY TO THE STUDENT
Students whose accounts will be paid directly to the student must follow the guidelines for deferred payments listed under PAYMENT POLICIES. A deferment fee is charged. The student account must be current in order to remain enrolled. The student remains responsible for all charges associated with attending Faulkner.

PAST DUE BALANCES
In the event a balance remains after the close of the term in which charges were incurred, a delinquency charge of 1.5% monthly will be added to the unpaid balance. This delinquency charge will continue monthly until the balance is paid in full.

 

WITHDRAWAL REFUND POLICY

Semester System
There are two possible refund policies that may apply to a student who totally withdraws from Faulkner University. Refer to the Faulkner University catalog if you are receiving Title IV funds. The following is an addendum for the institutional refund policy listed in the university catalog.

For further clarification or questions, please contact the Business and/or Financial Aid Office for specific policies pertaining to withdrawal/ refunds.

Drop/Withdrawal Refund Percentage
Within 1st week 100% less $110.00
Within 2nd week 50%
After 3rd week 0%

 

FINANCIAL AID POLICIES

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MANAGEMENT POLICIES
Financial Aid information provided here is simply a guideline to assist the students for general information purposes. It is not designed for specific financial information, which should be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.

Aid Yearly Maximum
Guaranteed Student Loans $20,500 (upon approval)


Eligibility
Students admitted UNCONDITIONALLY are eligible to apply for $20,500.00.
Students admitted CONDITIONALLY are eligible to apply for a specified amount, but will not receive disbursements for the second and third semesters. The remaining disbursements will be made available for application after CONDITIONAL admission has been removed.

Aid Yearly Maximum
ANGEAP $1,000


Eligibility
Alabama National Guardsman


How Do I Apply And What Forms Are Required?


Loans

To process your loan application, WE MUST HAVE:

  1. Financial Aid Transcripts from all previously attended colleges
    and universities within the last 12 months.
  2. Financial Aid Data Form.
  3. Student Aid Report or Free Application from Federal Student Aid.
  4. A copy of current Federal Tax Forms. (If you are selected for
    verification we will also need a verification worksheet.)
  5. Completed and Signed Loan Application.
  6. Completed, Signed and Dated Entrance Interview.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION, THE LENDER WILL RETAIN A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF YOUR REQUESTED LOAN AMOUNT, TO COVER GUARANTEE AND ORIGINATION FEES.


Angeap

Request your Angeap application from the National Guard Office at Faulkner @ (800) 879-9816 ext. 7146, or you may request one from your Armory.

Air Guardsmen must request an application from your ESO.

For any other questions regarding Financial Aid contact:

Financial Aid Office
Faulkner University, 5345 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL 36109
(800) 879-9816 ext. 7195 or (334) 386-7195

 

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS

FINANCIAL AID POLICY FOR M.S.M.

After completion of one semester, a student must have attained a graduate grade point average of 3.00 and must have successfully completed 80% of the academic hours attempted. If a student is below either the grade point average or completion percentage, then he/she will be placed on financial aid warning and/or probation. The student will remain on financial aid warning and/or probation until the end of the second semester at which time a review of his/her cumulative grade point average and pace will take place. If he/she has not attained a grade point average of 3.00 and successfully completed 80% of the academic hours attempted, then he/she will be suspended from receiving any federal financial aid.

  1. Attempted hours will include all graduate hours appearing on the official academic transcript as attempted, including WP's.
  2. Any student placed on warning and/or probation will have one term of continued Federal Financial Aid in which to achieve the academic criteria appropriate for the hours attempted at the end of the term of probation. Failure to do so may result in Financial Aid Suspension.
  3. Any extension of Financial Aid Warning and/or probation beyond one term must be requested by the student in writing and must be approved by the Financial Aid Director, in consultation with the Graduate Academic Department.

 

NUMBERING OF COURSES
The university uses a four-digit course numbering system. The first digit shows the level of the course, the second digit shows the semester hours of credit, and the last two digits identify specific courses.


The following chart illustrates the meaning of each digit:

6

3

0........5

Graduate Level Semester Hours of credit for the course Course numbers as specifically designated

M.S.M. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
In an executive format, Faulkner University offers a one-year (three semesters) graduate business and management degree program for professionals who intend to expand their career horizons. The M.S.M. program is designed to develop and enhance business, leadership and management skills of executives by offering a blend of courses vital for a business career.

Focus is placed on career development and enhancement with a curriculum that incorporates a managerial perspective with a futuristic approach to facilitate success in today's business world.

The University, in this program, seeks to preserve the relationship between an executive-oriented educational experience and the dynamics of Christian belief through the inclusion of business ethics in the curriculum.

The M.S.M. program is a graduate business program primarily designed to establish, create, promote, and enhance careers that revolve around management, statistical and quantitative methodology for decision making, marketing, management, human resource management and various general business areas.

The M.S.M. program distinguishes itself with its innovative structure, curriculum, and schedule, enabling current and potential executives, managers, supervisors and other professionals to earn an accredited Master's degree within one year.

We are pleased to have you here at our University, and we wish you much success in this educational endeavor.

The following is an official statement of Faulkner University's policies regarding M.S.M. students. This information is designed to provide the student a working knowledge of their rights and responsibilities as well as areas of special interest to M.S.M. students.

Faulkner University understands and appreciates the unique needs and circumstances of the graduate program student and is committed to service. It is our intent to treat our students with dignity, fairness, respect, and professionalism. We believe that adult professionals expect such treatment and will display these attitudes in all dealings with Faulkner University employees.

All requirements of the Master of Science in Management degree must be completed within four (4) years of the initial enrollment to the program. Prior to re-entry/re-enrollment, students who withdraw from the program must satisfy the requirements based on the current curriculum/catalog including completion/satisfaction of any core requirement deficiencies and GMAT testing.

PROGRAM DESIGN & STRUCTURE

  • Completion within one calendar year (eighteen specified weekends).
  • Three semesters of three classes with six meetings per class plus one independent project class per semester.
  • Class timing for all semesters:
    Friday: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Saturday: Session # 1: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Session # 2: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    The M.S.M. Project meets from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. on the first Friday of each semester and materials are to be submitted at 5:30 p.m. the last Friday of each semester. Throughout the course of the M.S.M. program, there are a total of six Project meeting times, three for discussion and three for material submission.
  • Each semester has three courses of three semester credit hours each, with an additional M.S.M. project that is also comprised of three semester hours for a total of twelve credit hours per semester.
  • Students enter the program in the first semester only.

CAREER OBJECTIVES

  1. To prepare one for employment and advancement in a wide range of positions requiring graduate business education.
  2. To enhance one's knowledge and skills for management functions.
  3. To develop understanding and appreciation for statistical and quantitative reasoning.
  4. To enhance one's knowledge of current managerial practices and trends.
  5. To augment one's skills in critical thinking and decision making for strategically positioning the institution or organization.
  6. To strengthen one's capacity to be effective in human resource management through the understanding of skills essential for executive decision making.
  7. To prepare the manager for handling "crisis management" under varied circumstances.
  8. To develop awareness of group dynamics and organizational behavior.

M.S.M. ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

  1. At least four years of relevant work experience is required. The M.S.M. Academic Department will determine "relevancy" based on professional expertise and experience gained relative to business and management.
  2. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or in a business related discipline. Those with Baccalaureate degrees in other disciplines will be considered for admission by the graduate academic department upon compliance with the prerequisite and recommended courses stated in the admissions criteria. All incoming students, irrespective of major or degree, must complete the prerequisite prior to enrolling in the M.S.M. program.
  3. Official copies of transcripts should be received prior to admission. Official transcripts must be received within the stipulated time frame, that is, prior to the beginning of the second semester. Only conditional admission will be granted during the interim period to students who do not fulfill any of the stated requirements.
  4. Students are required to take the GMAT examination prior to admission. The program’s expected minimum requirement is a GMAT score of 400. Students who have not earned the appropriate score may be granted conditional admission with the provision that the student will take the exam before the end of the first semester.
  5. Students seeking admission to the M.S.M. program must have completed a course in Statistics, Quantitative Business Analysis, or Operations Research. It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in the program should have completed courses in Economics, Finance, Marketing, Management, and Information Systems.

ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THE ADMISSIONS CRITERIA ARE CONSIDERED BY THE MSM ACADEMIC REVIEW COMMITEE.

PLEASE NOTE: THE MSM ACADEMIC REVIEW COMMITTEE IS COMPRISED OF THE DIRECTOR, MSM DEPARTMENT OR A GRADUATE FACULTY MEMBER, THE ASSOCIATE DEAN, COLLEGE OF BUSINESS, AND THE DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS.

M.S.M DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

One year program

Semester 1 Sem. Hrs.
MSM 6300 Ethics for Business and Management 3
MSM 6302 Organizational Behavior 3
MSM 6303 Legal Dimensions in Business 3
MSM 6311 MSM Project I 3
Semester 2
MSM 6304 Marketing Management 3
MSM 6305 Quantitative Analysis 3
MSM 6306 Personnel/HR Management 3
MSM 6312 MSM Project II 3
Semester 3
MSM 6307 Employment Law for Management 3
MSM 6308 Business Policy and Strategy 3
MSM 6309 Financial Management 3
MSM 6313 MSM Project III 3
MSM 6090 Comprehensive Examination  
Total 36 Sem. Hrs.

Please note: Depending on program format the following elective courses, MSM 6301 Business and Administrative Communication, MSM 6314 Management Information Systems and MSM 6390 Managerial Accounting, may be offered and/or substituted for an existing course as determined by the department.

FAULKNER UNIVERSITY RETAINS THE RIGHT TO CHANGE CURRICULUM, OR THE ORDER OF COURSE OFFERINGS.

TRANSFER OF CREDITS EARNED AT FAULKNER AND/OR ENTRY INTO GRADUATE AND/OR DOCTORAL PROGRAMS.


Faulkner University's graduate program(s) in Business are offered in the format of executive education programs. Because of the diversity in post-graduate or doctoral programs (numerous programs across the nation and in various fields within the broad area of business, related to business, or outside of business) and the variety of entrance competencies for entry therein, it is not feasible for the University to undertake to advise students as to whether their programs of study at Faulkner will satisfy the pre-requisites of other studies at other universities. Thus, the student contemplating transfer or post-graduate or doctoral work at another institution bears the sole responsibility for ensuring that work done at Faulkner will satisfy the program requirements at a different university.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
MSM 6300 Ethics for Business and Management
A study of principles and concepts for building and enhancement of ethical and managerial paradigms for corporate operations. Focus on integrity in organizational cultures.

MSM 6302 Organizational Behavior
A study of human behavior in organizations in the context of organizational business systems. An overview of managerial challenges including the global environment and work force diversity. Focus on decision-making, group dynamics, and conflict resolution.

MSM 6303 Legal Dimensions of Business
This course is a review of the legal system, common law and its development, organizational structures, and the regulatory environment. Many concepts, including the federal and state court system, partnerships, corporations, torts, and contracts will be discussed in the context of managerial functions. Emphasis will be on the legal process as it affects and shapes the business environment.

MSM 6304 Marketing Management
Examining marketing management with emphasis on management of marketing units within business enterprises. The social environment within which marketing problems occur will also be discussed. Exposure to the developing perspectives of marketing as a function and a discipline.

MSM 6305 Quantitative Analysis
Quantitative methods of analysis. An overview of the concepts of operations research and statistical methods. Emphasis upon techniques most useful in their application to managerial problems. Critical evaluation of modeling techniques.

MSM 6306 Personnel/HR Management
Study of the personnel/human resource function in contemporary business organizations. This course is also a study of the role of managers and supervisors and how they effectively manage human resources as a key component in an organization's long-term strategic plan. Focus is placed on the identification, analysis and integration of human resource policies with strategic planning in relation to the environment, the organization and the individual.

MSM 6307 Employment Law for Management
A study of the legislation, case law, and administrative regulations intended to provide nondiscriminatory treatment of individuals in employment relationships. The course examines the various civil rights acts, safety laws, executive orders, and related legal cases at the Federal and State levels.

MSM 6308 Business Policy and Strategy
Designed to integrate and summarize M.S.M. course work, this business strategy course provides students with interrelated issues for study and analysis. It provides a better understanding of the "integrated management function" within a business enterprise.

MSM 6309 Financial Management
This course provides managers and entrepreneurs with decision-making tools used in planning and problem solving in their organizations. Students will explore contemporary theories of finance as applied to the solution of management problems identified in selected cases. The focus of the applications activity is on policy formulations and decision-making under conditions of uncertainty.

MSM 6311 MSM Project I
A comprehensive analytical project undertaken through selected readings of articles and/or case analysis. It is designed to be progressive in nature as students assimilate knowledge of the subject matter in different functional areas of business. Emphasis is on general Business, Management and Administration.

MSM 6312 MSM Project II
A comprehensive analytical project undertaken through selected readings of articles and/or case analysis. It is designed to be progressive in nature as students assimilate knowledge of the subject matter in different functional areas of business. Emphasis on integrating general Management principles with an International Business perspective.

MSM 6313 MSM Project III
A comprehensive analytical project undertaken through selected readings of articles and/or case analysis. It is designed to be progressive in nature as students assimilate knowledge of the subject matter in different functional areas of business. Emphasis on Business Information Systems in modern day technological environments.

MSM 6090 Comprehensive Examination
The examination shall be comprised of questions and answers from articles, cases, or problem situations which focus the students' energies on the progressive absorption features of the M.S.M. program.

ELECTIVE COURSES
MSM 6301 Business and Administration Communication
This course has an emphasis on the building blocks of effective messages, letters and memos, interpersonal communication, reports, and job hunting. Email, web sites, power point, and other contemporary forms of communication are covered. Writing assignments allow the application of building blocks.

MSM 6314 Management Information Systems
A survey of business information systems generally required for management. Includes overview of Business Spreadsheets and Presentation software. Special topics for discussion include information systems lifecycle phases, project management tools and other current topics.

MSM 6390 Managerial Accounting
This course will familiarize the students with the function of accounting as it pertains to managerial decision making. It will focus on the role of cost information and strategic decision making.

FULL-TIME GRADUATE BUSINESS FACULTY
Randall Bailey Associate Professor of Religion and Business
B.A., M.S., Southern Christian University
G.S.R.E., M.Th., Southern Christian University
M.Phil., Ph.D., Drew University

David Johnson Professor of Business/Finance
Ph.D., Finance, University of Cincinnati
MBA, Finance, Memphis State
CPA (inactive) state of Tennessee

Gerald Jones Professor of Business/Employment Law
B.A., Alabama Christian College (Faulkner University)
M.S., Troy State University
J.D., University of Alabama School of Law

Dave Khadanga Professor of Business/Management & Dean, College of Business
B. Commerce, M. Commerce, Utkal University
LL.B., Utkal University, India
M.B.A., Alabama A&M University
Ph.D., Management, Utkal University

Rosie Khadanga Professor of Business/Information Systems
M.S., Troy State University
M.B.A., Alabama A&M University
Ed.D., Auburn University

Laura Russell Associate Professor of Business/Information Systems
M.A., University of Alabama in Huntsville
Ph.D., Auburn University

ADJUNCT GRADUATE BUSINESS FACULTY

David Ang Adjunct Associate Professor of Business
B.S., Ohio University
M.S., University of Alabama in Huntsville
Ph.D., University of Alabama in Huntsville

Nancy Bell Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business
B.Ed., University of Toledo
M.A., University of Toledo
Ph.D., University of Georgia

William Cheng Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance
B.A., Cheng-Chi University
M.A., Cheng-Chi University
Ph.D., State University of NY at Binghamton

Tom Leverette Adjunct Professor of Business
B.S., University of Alabama
J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Beth Poe Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business
B.A., Vanderbilt University
J.D., University of Alabama

Ronald Stunda Adjunct Associate Professor of Business
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham
Ph.D., Florida State University

Robert Thetford Adjunct Associate Professor of Business/Legal Dimensions
B.A., University of Alabama
J.D., University of Alabama

 

ENROLLMENT

ACADEMIC ADVISING
Students should recognize that they have the primary responsibility in planning their own academic program, given the fact that this is a STRUCTURED degree completion program. All students entering the University's M.S.M. program will be given an official statement of admissions status. Any student lacking admissions, additional course work, GMAT scores, etc., will be expected to stay in touch with the Graduate & Adult Enrollment office until they have fulfilled all admissions criteria. The Graduate & Adult Enrollment Office will provide the student with detailed information and specific courses needed to satisfy prerequisites, both required and recommended. The Dean of the College of Business may make recommendations, and has the authority of the assessment of all M.S.M. admissions criteria.

The Dean of the College of Business and the Program Director stand ready to help with special circumstances.

PLEASE DIRECT ALL CALLS TO THE M.S.M. ACADEMIC SECRETARY OR THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DEAN.

REGISTRATION
Registration is conducted for M.S.M. students upon acceptance and prior to admission into the program. Registration must be completed through Graduate & Adult Enrollment and Business Offices before attending classes. Students with incomplete registration information will not be given academic credit for courses taken.

DISENROLLMENT AND/OR ADMINISTRATIVE/ACADEMIC WITHDRAWL
Administrative withdrawal can be initiated by the Graduate Admissions office, the M.S.M. Department or the Registrar's office. Administrative withdrawal by the Graduate Admissions office is generally for reasons including, but not limited to, lack of official transcripts, low or unavailable GMAT scores, or any other reason that leads to an incomplete file or Financial Aid/Business Office issues.

Administrative and/or Academic withdrawal can be initiated by the M.S.M. department and the College of Business as a consequence of a multitude of issues addressed in this handbook. Examples would include behavioral issues, lack of academic performance, low GPA, academic performance that does not exhibit progress toward successful continuation of Graduate study, exceeding the limit of two grades of "C" or lower within the program, etc. The list above is not exhaustive and only intended to illustrate certain scenarios.

RE-ENROLLMENT
Re-enrollment into the graduate program for whatever reason, including but not limited to, academic deficits pertaining to grade point average, withdrawal from the program, either voluntary or involuntary, poor academic performance with grades of C's, D's or F's, or any other reason leading to an inability to complete the program with proper academic sequence, is strictly handled on a case-by-case basis by the Academic Review Committee. The Academic Review Committee fully reserves the right to deny re-enrollment.

The Academic Review Committee, in addition to the factors mentioned above, might, at their discretion, look at factors including, but not limited to the following:

  1. The academic standing of the student as reflected in their G.P.A. and overall performance.
  2. The motivation of the student as determined by class presence (number of absences and pattern of absences), timely submission of assignments and class participation.
  3. Maturity, attitude, disposition and demeanor exhibited with faculty and staff of the M.S.M. program.
  4. The length of time from last enrollment in the program (within four years).
  5. Previous academic probation and/or disenrollment.

RE-TAKING COURSES
Financial aid policies and awards may not cover re-taking M.S.M. courses. Students are advised to contact the Financial Aid Office regarding funding guidelines.

Re-taking a course is conducted in the same manner as the structured program, in the respect that this course is completed at Faulkner under the M.S.M. degree plan. Outside credit is not accepted in lieu of the specific M,S.M. courses. Re-taking courses in the graduate program for whatever reason, including but not limited to, academic deficits pertaining to grade point average, either voluntary or involuntary, poor academic performance with grades of C's, D's or F's, or any other reason leading to an inability to complete the program with proper academic sequence, is strictly handled on a case by case basis by the Academic Review Committee. The Academic Review Committee fully reserves the right to deny re-takes.

DUAL ENROLLMENT
Due to the nature of an executive program and its workload, M.S.M. administration does not authorize students to engage in multiple programs or enroll in additional classes while attending the M.S.M. program. This includes additional M.S.M. classes, such as re-takes.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY
A withdrawal form must be initiated, completed and either hand delivered, faxed, emailed or mailed to the M.S.M. Director's office by any student choosing to withdraw. No student is officially withdrawn from class or school until this form has been cleared by the Registrar's Office, Financial Aid Office, the Business Office and, as applicable, the Veteran's Affairs office.

The importance of following withdrawal procedures must be stressed. Inattention to proper procedures may result in the student receiving an "F" for the course(s) and being charged for an entire course(s), including the Project.

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

CODE OF CONDUCT
Faulkner University selects for admission individuals displaying academic ability, professionalism, and maturity. In an attempt to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning and consistent with our Christian principles, we have developed the following regulations governing behavior on all Faulkner University facilities. Penalties for violations of these regulations can range from verbal reprimand to dismissal from the program, depending on severity and other circumstances.

 

CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE
Regular class attendance is expected of all students and is essential for academic development. In all courses, class interaction and individual participation are such vital parts of the course objectives that appreciable absence from class negates the value of the course. An education, being more than the attainment of facts and skills includes the development of attitudes, appreciations, and understandings which are experienced from the classroom.

The following policies and procedures are to be followed in regard to absences of students:

  1. Students are expected to attend class and are responsible for assignments and work missed because of absence, but a professor is not obligated to permit a student to make up work.
  2. A student who misses more than one meeting of any class may receive an automatic "F" in the class unless prior permission is obtained from the M.S.M. Director's office and appropriate documentation is provided concerning personal illness, family illness, death of family member, work, etc. Regardless of the reason (personal illness, family illness, death of family member, work, vacation, etc.), a student who misses more than two meetings of any class will receive an automatic "F" in the class.
  3. Students who are absent the class meeting of the final examination must have prior approval from both the faculty member and the M.S.M. Director and provide appropriate documentation. The rescheduling of a final exam must be coordinated through the individual graduate faculty and the M.S.M. Academic Department within a specified time frame.
  4. If accepted, assignments submitted late or exams taken late will result in points being deducted from the late assignment or exam.
  5. Leaving class early or multiple occasions of tardiness are unacceptable and will be treated as an absence at the discretion of the professor in consultation with the Director. While the department recognizes occasional situations beyond the control of the student may arise, appropriate documentation will be required in order to grant an excused absence. Students should recognize that Executive Programs by design are fast paced and even one absence may be detrimental to the academic progress of the student. As such, the student should seriously consider the program schedule and calendar prior to admission in order to ascertain if the program meets the students' needs.
  6. The roll sheet is the official record of your attendance. It is your responsibility to sign it when it is passed around or made available during class. If you do not sign it, you are counted Absent, even if you did attend the class. Once the roll sheet leaves the classroom, no one will be permitted to sign it.

 

DRESS CODE

Students are expected to dress and to groom themselves in a way that reflects neatness, moderation and appropriateness. Students should not dress to call attention to their body parts. Students failing to observe the personal appearance policies of the University should expect to be approached by faculty, staff, or administrative personnel regarding their appearance. If a student is uncertain about any dress regulation, he/she should ask the Dean of Students. All dress code questions are decided at the discretion of the Dean of Students.

Appropriate dress for women includes slacks, jeans, shorts, skirts, blouses and dresses that are modest and neat. All females are required to wear a bra when in public. Women's hair must be neat.

Appropriate dress for men includes slacks, jeans, modest shorts, shirts, and suits that are neat in appearance. Men's hair must be neat and not excessively long. Men are encouraged to remove headwear when they enter any building on Faulkner's campus. The exception would be for medical conditions. Male students must remove headwear when entering chapel or a classroom.

Clothing must not expose skin in any of the following ways:

  • Low-cut or wide-open necklines or arm holes
  • Short tops or low-cut/low-riding pants
  • The midriff area must not show.
  • Spaghetti straps are not allowed.
  • Pants or jeans must not have holes or be ragged.
  • Shorts, skirts or dresses must be no more than 3" above the knee, when seated. This includes athletic attire.
  • Extremely tight-fitting clothes, including Spandex-type clothing are not permitted.
  • Dresses or blouses worn over leggings must meet the length requirement stated above.
  • Clothes with un-Christian words or pictures are not permitted.

 

CELL PHONES IN THE CLASSROOM
Students are allowed to bring cell phones into the classroom and have them on hand in case of emergencies. However, certain requirements must be followed. All cell phones must be silenced, or at a minimum set to vibrate so the ringing will not interrupt the class. No casual conversations should be conducted while class is in session. Also, if your phone rings and it is an emergency call that must be taken, IMMEDIATELY excuse yourself from the classroom in order to take the call.

INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
Inappropriate behavior could be comprised of, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Disrespect for the Professor's or Administrator's authority.
  2. Calling the administration (Academic Vice President or Dean of the College of Business) at home with complaints.
  3. Non-professional attitude during academic sessions, phone conversations, etc. Aggressive and/or offensive verbal communications with classmates, professors, staff, or administrators.
  4. Construed statements, mis-quotes, or circumventing of the principal academic issue.
    Examples: Taking statements made by a Professor or Administrator in a different context and applying them to another issue. Quoting statements supposedly made to third parties (hearsay). Combining, twisting, and molding statements to paint a scenario when the bottom line might be that a certain grade is questioned.

    Note: The proper way to appeal a grade is to follow the appeal procedure outlined on page 34 of your handbook. While sincere concerns or complaints that will improve or enhance our academic offerings and services are always welcome, it is our intent to discourage constant questioning of our professors' best judgment relative to grades.

  5. Bringing children or other guests to class. Only those students registered for class may attend.
  6. Use of cigarettes or any other tobacco product on the property of Faulkner University is strictly prohibited. Fines and/or other disciplinary action may be imposed for non-compliance.
  7. The possession, consumption, or use of alcohol or non-prescription drugs on the property of Faulkner University is strictly prohibited. Fines and/or other disciplinary action may be imposed for non-compliance.

Disciplinary action for other forms of misconduct is at the discretion of the University administration and may include academic probation, a request to withdraw, or dismissal.

 

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
This includes plagiarism, falsification on tests and assignments, attempting to take credit for another's work, and abuse or inappropriate behavior toward a professor or administrator.

Faulkner University reserves the right to dis-enroll a student at any time for any academic or behavior-related cause as deemed necessary by the Academic Department or Administration of Faulkner University. Depending upon the circumstances and if applicable, a tuition refund for that term may not be granted.


PLAGIARISM AND/OR COMPLICITY
Students participating in plagiarism will be given an "F" for the course. Students participating in "complicity" (example: two identical or substantially similar papers having similar content with the exception of manipulation of certain words or sentences via means of a word processor) may, at the recommendation of the M.S.M. Academic Committee, have their transcripts stamped with the word "complicity" when transcripts are released.

The M.S.M. Academic Review Committee is comprised of the Director of the M.S.M. department, a graduate faculty member, the Associate Dean of the College of Business, and the Dean of the College of Business & Executive Education. Please be informed that the Committee comprises the final body of academic appeal in the College of Business & Executive Education.

The chair of the Academic Review Committee rotates between the Dean, Associate Dean and the Program Director.

The primary role of the M.S.M. Academic Review Committee is to work with operational issues such as admissions matters, entrance requirements, disenrollment, probation, reenrollment, grades, conduct, comprehensive exams, special situations, and plagiarism/complicity, though it is not limited to such. The committee, at its discretion may decide to forward issues pertaining to plagiarism/complicity to the Academic Vice President.

Students participating in plagiarism may, at the advice of the Academic Vice-President, have their transcripts stamped with the word "plagiarism" when transcripts are released. While the Dean of the College of Business serves on the Academic Review Committee, the final decision of transcripts being stamped with "plagiarism" rests with the Academic Vice-President.

Disciplinary action for other forms of misconduct is at the discretion of the University administration and may include academic probation, a request to withdraw or dismissal.

 

EVALUATION AND GRADUATION

GENERAL EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR PROJECTS, CASES & ASSIGNMENTS
This is a general outline pertaining to evaluation criteria for projects, cases, papers, and other assignments. It focuses on overall performance and content submitted for a specific course.

  1. Factual Representation: Answers should address the question at hand in a reasonable and adequate manner and should vividly describe such.
  2. Depth: The answers to each question, case analysis, or exercise should be explanatory and reflect a multitude of aspects expected of graduate students.
  3. Applications: Answers should incorporate concepts and principles in the textbook or reference books and should be integrated with "real world" examples.
  4. Research Orientation: Answers should reflect various sources of relevant research and study undertaken by the student. While minimal research in most semesters is expected, adequate research often is a decisive factor in distinguishing between a good or superior "B" and excellent or outstanding "A". Periodicals such as Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Advertising, AMA journal, etc. are good sources in addition to general text and reference books.
  5. Format, Neatness, and Clarity: Answers should be numbered and attempted in sequence. The overall assignment should be neatly presented. The "paper" should be typed on a typewriter or word processor. (Neat handwriting will be accepted, however, the department prefers that assignments be typed.)
  6. Style and Professionalism: While all answers do not have to be eloquent, they should respect the executive orientation of the program and provide relevant examples. Answers are expected to reflect a certain amount of finesse in composition, grammar, punctuation, flow, and appropriate use of business vocabulary.
  7. Synergy: Answers should provide a comprehensive view of the subject matter, and whenever appropriate, be synergistic. Example: A specific answer on airline ticket pricing regarding Northwest Airlines is better answered by presenting an overall scenario about the fare structure in the airline industry.
  8. Defense: Answers can sometimes be very good or excellent by having a strong defense. Although there is no substitute for a right answer substantiated by a general body of knowledge, a strong defense is recommended. The defense may, among others, reflect conceptual, diagnostic, and technical skills as well as abilities of abstract thought.
  9. Progressive Absorption: The M.S.M. program and its semesters are designed to build on each other. Professors may expect knowledge of material covered in prior courses.
  10. Consistency: Assignments should reflect consistency, based on #1-9 mentioned above, from chapter to chapter. Peaks and valleys or strong beginnings with gradual diminishing effort are discouraged.
  11. Notation of Reference Materials: The use of proper notation and/or footnotes will be required to document appropriate sources and avoid plagiarism.

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS FOR PROJECTS, CASES, & ASSIGNMENTS
The M.S.M. and other writing assignments are an essential part of the M.S.M. program. It is designed to challenge the student's abilities of independent thought, creativity, abstract reasoning, and problem-solving.

In order to assist you in successfully participating in written projects, case studies, and other writing assignments, we make the following recommendations:

  1. Complete 2-3 chapters of the assignment each week (or as assigned in the syllabus) of the semester. The amount of work required will become overwhelming if allowed to accumulate for several weeks.
  2. Plan to attend. You will be given your project/assignment dates several months in advance. Upon exceptional circumstances for the university, adjustments in the calendar may be required by the M.S.M. department. Keep these dates in mind when scheduling work or personal activities.
  3. Please remember the M.S.M. sessions are on Fridays and Saturdays. No "make-ups", "repeats", or other alternatives are offered. If you are unable to accommodate this schedule, you should examine whether this program best fits your specific needs.
  4. Contact the Program Director or Dean of the College of Business if you have an academic question or problem regarding your assignment.
  5. Have your paper/project/case, etc., neatly typed on a typewriter, word processor, or computer.
  6. Properly staple or bind your project/case/assignment, etc.
  7. Keep a copy of your work. The professor, at his/her discretion may keep the original work submitted by the student for one month after the end of each semester.
  8. Copying or taking credit for work done by other students is plagiarism and is unacceptable at Faulkner University. Be cautious in sharing your work with other students. Work submitted must be yours and yours alone.
  9. Please be reminded that the intent of projects, cases, problems and assignments is to provide an opportunity for adults to enhance their conceptual, analytical, and diagnostic skills. The syllabus provided is mostly self explanatory and has a "guideline" to help set the pace for assignments and study.
  10. Once again, the very basis of written or problem-solving assignments is to cultivate independent thinking and have students prepared for participation in class.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
On the last Friday session of semester III, a type-written comprehensive examination must be submitted. Satisfactory completion of this exam will be required prior to graduation. The results of this exam shall be reported on a Pass or Fail basis only.

The examination shall be comprised of questions and answers from articles, cases, or problem situations which focus the students' energies on the progressive absorption features of the M.S.M. program. The department will provide you with a comprehensive case for analysis.
PLEASE PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE ACCORDINGLY.

The examination is prepared by graduate faculty members of the College of Business.

Toward the end of the third semester, students will receive the comprehensive case study for the examination.

Graduate faculty will evaluate the examination and will assign either a "Pass" or "Fail" Grade. A Pass grade is the equivalent of a numerical grade of 70 or higher on each of the six questions. A Pass grade will result in a student being certified to the M.S.M. Director as having successfully completed the comprehensive examination. A Fail grade is the equivalent to a numerical grade of 69 or below on any given section. A grade of Fail requires a retake of the examination. The Pass or Fail grade designation is not used in determining grade point averages.

A student who receives a grade of 69 or below (Fail) will be allowed two retakes of the examination. The retake examinations may have different questions from the same list of topics. A student who has repeatedly failed the comprehensive examination may apply in writing to the M.S.M. Director to be allowed to take the examination a fourth time. A final decision regarding such will be made by the M.S.M. Academic Review Committee.

If this petition is approved, the student must retake and successfully complete the comprehensive examination.

GRADING POLICY
The following symbols (grades) are used to record the achievement and quality of the work of students in each course. The scale below is intended to be followed with the final determination of the awarding of a grade ultimately resting in the professor's professional judgment.

90-100 A-, A, A+
80-89 B-, B, B+
70-79 C-, C, C+
60-69 D
59 & Below F

Please note: "Grades of A+, A-, B+, B-, C+ and C- may be given at each professor's discretion." Professors are not obligated to award grades with pluses or minuses. Professors have the authorization of the Director of the M.S.M. program and the Dean of the College of Business to make such determination at any point of time in the course as they deem appropriate.

For reference, the quality points will be as follows:

Grade
A or A+
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D
F
Quality Points/Hour
4.00
3.75
3.50
3.00
2.75
2.5
2.00
1.75
1.00
0.00


The following symbols (grades) are not used in determining grade point averages:

Grade Significance
I Incomplete
WP Withdrawn Passing
WF Withdrawn Failing
NC No Credit


Students making below a 3.0 GPA may be academically withdrawn from the M.S.M. Program. In the interest of time, the M.S.M. department would make its best effort to communicate via email, mail, or telephone regarding a decision of "academic withdrawal." The Registrar's or Graduate & Adult Enrollment offices may, at their discretion, send a letter indicating an administrative withdrawal. In any case, the communication should be considered binding.

Please note that Administrative and/or Academic withdrawal can be initiated by the M.S.M. department and the College of Business as a consequence of a multitude of issues addressed in this handbook. Examples would be lack of academic performance, low GPA, lack of GMAT scores, academic performance that does not exhibit progress toward successful continuation of Graduate study, behavioral issues, etc. The list above is not exhaustive and only intended to illustrate certain scenarios.

INCOMPLETE GRADES
The grade of "I" indicates that some requirements of the course are not yet complete. It is only given for reasons which in the judgment of the professor have been unavoidable and only given with the approval of the Dean of the College of Business.

It is the responsibility of the student to initiate steps to a permanent grade by the end of the semester following the semester in which the "I" was assigned. Failure by the student to complete the course requirement within the time allotted will automatically result in the grade of "F".

The department strongly discourages assigning of an incomplete grade.

GRADING PROCEDURES
The University encourages professors to give a brief exam at the end of most class meetings and a final exam at the last class meeting. Other examinations, homework, or outside assignments are left to the discretion of the individual professors. The professor may determine the type, length, complexity, and percentage of final grade. Grading procedures are to be defined in the syllabi and followed. Reasonable changes are expected and allowed at the professors' direction; however, substantial changes to syllabi are to have prior consent of the Program Director and Dean of the College of Business.

To allow for absences and to adhere to our make-up policy, the University encourages professors to drop the lowest homework and test grade (this does NOT include the final exam).

Make-up Final Examinations - Make-up final examinations are discouraged because of (1) logistics: professor availability, monitoring, access to labs, etc. (2) the tendency to compromise academic integrity and, (3) the tendency of recurrence and implications of fairness or lack thereof. Any rescheduling of final examinations must be administered during normal faculty and business hours between 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

GRADE REPORTS
Grade reports are normally posted within 2 weeks (10 working days). M.S.M. Project grades are posted within 3 weeks, as is the M.S.M. comprehensive examination. University policy prohibits "faxing" grades or releasing them over the telephone. Please do not call the M.S.M. staff, faculty, or the Registrar's Office for grades, as these inquiries cause a significant reduction in expeditious processing of grades for all students.

ACADEMIC APPEAL

Time frame: Any academic appeal pertaining to a course, project, or comprehensive exam must be made in writing within 30 days of the completion of the semester in question.


If a student has reason to question the decision of an instructor with regard to course content or to a grade received, there is due process which a student should follow:

  1. The appeal is first made to the instructor of the course.

  2. If the student has further concerns, he/she may appeal to the M.S.M. Academic Program Director. The M.S.M. Academic Director will investigate the student's concerns and respond.

  3. If an appeal is made, the M.S.M. Academic Program Director will forward the appeal to the Academic Review Committee and provide the student with a copy of the final decision.

The M.S.M. Academic Review Committee is comprised of the Director of the M.S.M. department, a graduate faculty member, the Associate Dean of the College of Business, and the Dean of the College of Business & Executive Education. If any of the individuals in the committee happen to be the instructor who has awarded the grade being appealed, he or she will be replaced in that committee by another credentialed faculty member while the appeal is being addressed. The chair of the admissions committee rotates between the Dean, Associate Dean and the Program Director. Please be informed that the Committee comprises the final body of academic appeal in the College of Business & Executive Education.

The primary role of the M.S.M. Academic Review Committee is to work with operational issues such as admissions matters, entrance requirements, disenrollment, probation, reenrollment, grades, conduct, comprehensive exams, special situations, and plagiarism/complicity, though it is not limited to such. The committee, at its discretion, may decide to forward issues pertaining to plagiarism/complicity to the Academic Vice President.

Students participating in plagiarism may, at the advice of the Academic Vice President, have their transcripts stamped with the word "plagiarism" when transcripts are released. While the Dean of the College of business serves on the Academic Review Committee, the final decision of transcripts being stamped with "plagiarism" rests with the Academic Vice-President.

Students not following the proper protocol of discussing matters with the Director, Dean of the College of Business and, as necessary, the Academic Vice President, will be deemed as not abiding by the guidelines of their academic program at Faulkner University. Students contacting any other external (outside of Faulkner University) person, agency, or institution will also be deemed to be in noncompliance with the guidelines of their academic program at Faulkner University. Action taken may include, but not be limited to, withdrawal from the program, dismissal, probation, suspension, or any other action as deemed necessary by the administration of Faulkner University.

 

CONSULTATION WITH ADMINISTRATION

The Dean of the College of Business is the Chief Academic Officer of the College of Business. Faulkner University is striving to make your year in the M.S.M. program productive, pleasant, and free from problems or frustrations. Occasionally, however, situations arise in which the student feels the need to have an individual consultation with the Program Director or the Dean of the College of Business. In these situations, we request that you call and schedule an appointment. An appointment ensures that you will receive personal and uninterrupted attention. Please be assured these individuals are anxious to serve you and will meet with you at the earliest possible time. However, please do not call the Administration at home as such calls constitute inappropriate behavior.

Please be informed that the Dean of the College of Business may be involved in administering or teaching during your weekend classes. Those are academically intensive weekends and will not allow sufficient time for appointments. Additionally, short corridor discussions on these days are discouraged since they require follow-up action.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To receive a diploma, students must have successfully completed the M.S.M. program with:

  1. A 3.0 or higher grade point average
  2. No more than 2 "C"s (this includes C+, C, and C-) in the entire program of study. Unacceptable examples include, but are not limited to:

    "C" and a "D"
    "C" and an "F"
    "D" and a "D"
    "D" and an "F"
    "F" and an "F"

  3. A passing grade on the comprehensive examination.
  4. No holds on any financial accounts. All financial accounts must be cleared by the Business and/or Financial Aid offices prior to receiving a diploma.

Students who are eligible for graduation will receive graduation information through the Faulkner email system. The graduation application must be completed and received by the Registrar's Office by the deadline to ensure the ordering of the diploma. Please check your Faulkner email and the Faulkner website for appropriate deadlines. It is the student's responsibility to verify receipt of the application.

The graduate department strongly encourages participation in the graduation ceremony. Personalized graduation announcements/invitations may be ordered from Jostens in the Follett Bookstore, located on the Montgomery campus. Orders must be received by the bookstore at least one month before graduation. Class rings may also be purchased through the bookstore. Students will be notified by mail regarding when and where the caps and gowns may be acquired.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

TEXTBOOKS
Textbooks are available at Follett Bookstore on the main campus in Montgomery. Charges for books, "buy-back" policies, return policies, and refunds are determined by Follett Bookstore and, while recommendations are made, pricing is not regulated by Faulkner University. No books will be mailed. Text edition changes and new book adoptions occur at various times during the academic year. Students should be prepared for such changes.

For book lists and other textbook information please check the bookstore's website (www.efollett.com).

You can also contact the bookstore for details regarding book purchases. If you request for a book to be mailed, allow 2 weeks for the book to arrive.

COMPUTER INFORMATION RESOURCE
University Policy for Student Computing Resources
All Faulkner computer users are subject to the University's Computer Policy. A Faulkner computer user account and access to the University's information technology resources is a privilege granted by Faulkner. All Faulkner students must abide by the University's Computer Policy to retain their computer privileges. Any student violating the Computer Policy will be subject to the Student Life disciplinary proceedings and, if applicable civil and/ or criminal legal proceedings.

Computer User Account
Upon enrollment, all Faulkner students are required to obtain a Faulkner University computer user account to utilize the University computer resources, the Faulkner network, or a Faulkner email account. The computer user account provides students access to computer resources, the Faulkner network, Faulkner email account, server storage space, and other technology services provided by the University on each campus and via the internet. An enrolled student can establish a computer user account by completing the online form at www/faulkner.edu/account. A valid (active) Faulkner student identification number, corresponding date of birth, and a preferred password of at least six characters are required to complete the online form. The online form requires students to read and accept the University's Computer Policy.

NETWORK PRINTERS
Faulkner students have access to network printers in computer laboratories, libraries and learning resource centers. Faulkner allows students to print 250 pages per semester. Students who exceed this will be billed ten cents ($.10) per page on their business accounts.

Letter of Recommendation Procedures
Please be informed that it is the M.S.M. Departmental policy to give the Professor, Director, or Dean an advanced notice when requesting a formal written recommendation. It is preferred and strongly recommended that the Professor, Director, or Dean have three weeks, 15 working days, to write and frame their recommendation in order to have time to reflect upon the abilities and potential of the student. The minimum prior notice that will be considered on an "emergency basis" is two weeks, or ten working days, subject to the availability of faculty or administrators. It is important to note, that during the summer semester the availability of faculty and administrators is greatly limited for various reasons. Due to the nine-month length in teaching contracts for faculty, summer vacations and leaves of absences for faculty and administrators, it is crucial for the student to appropriately plan in advance any requests for letters of recommendation. While it is desirable to have a three week advanced notice, a longer period of time may be necessary during the summer term.

Recommendations are in the best judgment and discretion of the Professor, Director, or Dean. Recommendations are at the sole discretion of the individual mentioned above; and no Professor, Director, or Dean is obligated to provide a recommendation that they are not comfortable with writing. Recommendations are not facilitated by the M.S.M. Department.

Professors, Directors, and Deans may, at their individual discretion, require the scheduling of an appointment with the student. These appointments are based upon the availability of the Professor, Director, or Dean; and the student retains the responsibility of complying with this schedule. If an appointment is requested by a Professor, Director, or Dean, please be informed that this appointment does not create any obligation, either expressed or implied, that the professor will write a recommendation. This is merely a potential step in the academic process of those contemplating as to whether they will or will not eventually write a letter of recommendation.

When a Professor, Director, or Dean agrees to write a letter of recommendation, they may look at issues including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Academic Performance
  • GPA
  • Attitude, Disposition & Demeanor
  • Interaction with Faculty, Administrators, and Staff
  • Adherence to Academic Protocol
  • Program Attendance
  • Overall Professionalism

For those seeking to further their education beyond the Master of Science in Management (M.S.M.), the Graduate Faculty, Director, or Dean will be looking closely at the student's GMAT scores. While a score of 500 or above is strongly preferred, a minimum of 450 would be necessary for a Professor, Director, or Dean to consider writing a letter of recommendation. Since GRE scores are not required by the M.S.M. department, they are not taken into account. GMAT scores refer to only those that are on file with Faulkner University. The Dean, in conjunction with the M.S.M. Director, reserves the right to alter, change, or modify this internal policy at any point for any reason.



CONTACT INFORMATION

The staff of Faulkner University is committed to serving their executive students. When you need more information, you may contact these offices directly. Faulkner University's general phone number is 1-800-879-9816 or 334-272-5820.

For questions regarding billing, tuition payment, refunds, fees, or company reimbursement arrangements, contact the Business Office (student accounts section). Contact person: Michelle Otwell, ext. 7652. Supervisor: Peggy Harris, ext. 7172.

For questions concerning student loans and loan checks, grants, VA, ANGEAP, or other military tuition assistance, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Contact person: Cassie Green, ext. 7803. Supervisor: Buddy Jackson, ext. 7293.

For questions concerning admissions, contact the Graduate Enrollment Office.
Contact person: Debbie Norris, ext. 7142. Supervisor: Mark Hunt, ext. 7144.

For questions concerning registration, contact the Registrar's Office.
Contact person: Sarah Bryan, ext. 7247. Supervisor: Don Reynolds, ext. 7242.

If you have questions concerning academic issues, or if you are uncertain who to contact, use the contact information below. (Please note: Grades may not be discussed over the phone. Regarding academic appeals, please refer to the Academic Appeal process outlined in this handbook.)

Contact person:
Jenna Pace (M.S.M. Academic Secretary), ext. 7902.
Carla Copeland (M.S.M. Program Director), ext. 7117.
Lana Amaya (Administrative Assistant to Dean), ext. 7112

The M.S.M. Academic Secretary is typically out of the office Wednesdays and Thursday mornings prior to M.S.M. weekends. Any voicemails or emails will be answered upon her return Thursday afternoon.

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