Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Strategic plan

To ensure that the Gabelli School of Business constantly builds on its strong foundation, Dean Donna Rapaccioli oversees the implementation of a strategic plan and updates its major goals and initiatives each year.

Presently, the plan concentrates on the continual enhancement of four areas:

  • Academic curriculum
  • Globalization
  • Student personal and professional development
  • Pedagogical excellence and innovation

A brief snapshot of these four areas follows. Please note that the programs and plans described below are nowhere near exhaustive; they are meant to offer a general sense of the school's strategic direction.


Academic curriculum

Recent milestones:

  • Developed a Bachelor of Science in Global Business program for the Lincoln Center campus, beginning fall 2014
  • Completed implementation of the integrated business core
  • Fully developed The Ground Floor course and sophomore integrated projects
  • Increased participation in undergraduate research
  • Added eight new entrepreneurship courses
  • Opened a small-business incubator near campus for student and alumni ventures
  • Created a minor in sustainable business
  • Launched secondary concentrations in alternative investments, sports business and value investing

Future plans:

  • Continue to make the business program more writing-intensive
  • Provide greater leadership assessment services for students
  • Continue to increase quantitative rigor in all courses, especially market analytics, management, business policy and portfolio management



Recent milestones:

  • Increased the proportion of international students in the freshman class to more than 11 percent, up from as low as 3 percent several years ago
  • Doubled participation in the fall semester of the London study-abroad program and raised spring semester enrollment by 50% in a single year
  • Raised overall involvement in international study: More than 250 Gabelli students study abroad each year
  • Made our international business program more rigorous and gave it full status as a secondary concentration that students can earn on their degrees
  • Tied our one- and two-week study tours more strongly to course content
  • Worked to solidify new relationships with universities abroad, focusing our efforts on Turkey and India and looking toward South Africa and Ireland next

Future plans

  • Expand partnerships with additional Jesuit institutions abroad
  • Identify specific study-abroad opportunities for each major
  • Design more fair trade/microfinance classes in additional countries to augment our current offerings


Student personal and professional development

Recent milestones:

  • Expanded our network of recruiters
  • Created a certificate program in compliance and risk management to help young alumni in finance train for available jobs
  • Bolstered our pre-law advising for students considering the LSAT and law school
  • Supplemented our existing career development program with new workshops, online résumé reviews, online guides for juniors and school-wide events such as Access Your Future Week
  • Fostered online networking services for Gabelli alumni

Future plans:

  • Expand our Jesuit-run program of discernment exercises for self-discovery and personal development
  • Offer more seminars that prepare students to articulate their expertise and value
  • Further expand our internship database
  • Enhance our hiring pipeline through relationships with new companies, especially small and mid-size firms that have growth potential


Pedagogical excellence and innovation

Recent milestones:

  • Refined our balanced pursuit of theoretical and practical approaches
  • Encouraged faculty to incorporate more team-based projects and collaborative learning into their classes
  • Improved our system for determining whether professors' methods are successfully conveying material to students
  • Continued to foster the use of cutting-edge technology in the classroom

Future plans:

  • Provide teaching workshops on new topics suited to faculty needs and interests
  • Encourage wider participation in our program in which faculty members gain new ideas for their own lessons by observing colleagues' classes


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