Master of Science in Management

Learning Partnership

Mutual Obligation

Each of us influences the quality of the learning environment through daily actions, interactions, and choices. Learning is not a spectator sport; both students and faculty must commit to active participation in the process. The ability and willingness to teach and learn reside in the individual. If very high levels of knowledge transfer are to occur, it is necessary for all members of the USF community to understand and respect their mutual obligations.

Respect for a Supportive Learning Environment

The learning environment in the MS in Management is characterized by mutual respect, teamwork, ethical behavior, enthusiasm, and fun. Faculty, in their quest to continuously improve the education process, may try new approaches to teaching. Remaining open to new methods of critical and creative inquiry by students helps to maintain an intellectually challenging, yet stimulating environment.

Strong, Personal Commitment to Honesty, Excellence, and Integrity

Academic institutions thrive on personal honor and integrity. We value the contributions of each individual toward the creation of knowledge and its dissemination to students, business, the academic community, and society. Dedication to accepted standards of conduct enhances the integrity of the institution and ultimately the meaning of the MS in Management. Dishonest behavior only serves to degrade the educational experience for the entire learning community.

Respect for Individual Differences

The College of Business values the strength which results from its diverse community. Each person-faculty, staff, or student-brings a unique set of experiences and thus a unique perspective to each interaction. In searching for knowledge, there may be one clear truth; often, the answers are not so clear-cut. The quest for knowledge requires an appreciation for the risks inherent in its pursuit. Learning will flourish if all parties are open to exploring issues from a variety of perspectives, even when closely held beliefs may be challenged.

Operationalizing the Learning Partnership

Achieving the ideals outlined in the learning partnership required mutual commitment to specific behavioral principles. Below are some fundamental guidelines which help operationalize the learning partnership philosophy. Some of these elements may appear to be obvious; yet given the diversity represented (along many dimensions) in the USF community, we feel it is important for all community members to start from a common base of understanding. We believe commitment to these behavioral guidelines will add value to your educational experiences and enrich each member's personal and professional lives.

The Student's Role

The Faculty's Role