During the 2010-2011 academic year, Mount Union began renovation of an existing campus building that had been mothballed, converting it for use by the University’s Department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration (EABA) and the then-forming Department of Engineering. The renovation was a springboard that has propelled the development of both academic programs. Today, 250 of Mount Union’s roughly 2,000 undergraduate students are majoring in EABA programs, and 200 are pursuing minors in business, accounting, or economics. The engineering program has grown rapidly in the past seven years, now serving 170 students and preparing for further growth.
The physical proximity of the University’s business and engineering programs in the EBB is not an accident. The University has actively worked to foster connections between the two programs. A focus on “making” is a lynchpin of that connection. Students in the University’s robust entrepreneurship program partner with engineering students to develop prototypes of new products, learning in the process the practicalities of creating new products. Engineers, in turn, develop a sense of the real world constraints that exist in the world of business; an engineering solution isn’t a business solution until it successfully addresses constraints of budget, timeline, and deliverables.
Today, growth in these two areas continues.
Within the Department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration, plans are moving forward for the launch of a new program in risk management and insurance studies. The program will respond to a national shortage of college graduates who are trained for careers in the insurance industry, an industry with a significant employer presence in Ohio. To accommodate this expected growth, and to provide an outstanding environment for teaching and learning, a large business classroom/maker space suite, additional seminar rooms, faculty offices, and auxiliary areas are needed.
On the engineering front, the University has launched three new engineering majors – electrical engineering, computer engineering, and biomedical engineering – which join the institution’s already-successful and ABET-accredited programs in civil engineering and mechanical engineering. To accommodate expected growth in its engineering program, the University must create classroom, lab, and office space for additional faculty and for almost 200 new undergraduate engineers.
To properly accommodate and maintain adjacency and synergies between its programs in business and engineering, Mount Union has developed a two-fold plan.
Technology-Enriched Classroom Suite in the Engineering and Business Building Addition
- Flexible “maker space”
- Flexible classroom space for instruction and group projects
- Digital hub for online business instruction
Renovations in the Engineering and Business Building and Tolerton-Hood Hall
- Engineering labs
- Seminar rooms
- Faculty offices
- Auxiliary and support spaces