Our Common Purpose
Affinity groups, led by EAB members in cooperation with the faculty of SBGE, are an important part of the Executive Advisory Board process, allowing members and other community leaders to focus their attention on a single area of the school and participate in a deeper relationship within a defined discipline.
Currently, the Executive Advisory Board supports three affinity groups -- Accounting, Global Development, Graduate Programs.
The Accounting Program is designed to prepare students for a wide range of professional challenges, and provides the tools necessary to succeed in any number of key positions. The Accounting major offered at SPU offers an added dimension of integrity and ethics built on the Christian foundation, setting SPU graduates apart. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take both the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examinations. The work of the affinity group is to enhance these goals and objectives and provide additional pathways to learning and employment.
The Global Development Program challenges students to look at development through a liberal arts knowledge base, with studies in economics (development and microeconomics), theology (urban ministry, Christianity and society), and global health. All Global Development Studies majors complete a hands-on internship focused on nonprofit or social venture work. The affinity group provides counsel and participates with hands-on involvement.
The Graduate Programs develop leaders with management, technology, and problem-solving skills. Areas of emphasis include Business Intelligence & Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, Human Resources, and Faith in Business. Members of the affinity group are involved with the development of students analytic expertise, value-based leadership and management strategies emphasizing stewardship and sustainability through classroom presentations, panel discussion, student mentoring and building bridges for students to complete required projects and internships.