Mihaylo College will be offering BUAD 300-Professional and Career Development for the first time this fall, a course to assist transfer students in their transition to university life. Mihaylo Management Associate Professor David Obstfeld, who helped design the course, and Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Success Jenny Zhang discusses the course and what students can gain from it.
For both freshman and transfer students, transitioning to a university-level business education can be rewarding, yet challenging. This fall, the college is offering BUAD 300-Professional and Career Development to assist students in their transition, while providing a solid foundation for future academic and professional success.
“The creation of BUAD 300 was the result of assembling student and faculty talent, supplemented with some of the most effective managers and executives in Orange County and the country,” says Mihaylo Management Associate Professor David Obstfeld, who helped design the course. “We recognize that there are some stumbling blocks that prevent undergraduates from crystallizing their professional vision, developing the knowledge and social skills to progress rapidly through their years at Mihaylo, and graduating with good jobs.”
While most university retention efforts are focused on freshmen, transfer students can also benefit from such programs. “Transfer students can be both ahead and behind newly incoming freshmen,” says Mihaylo Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Success Jenny Zhang. “They are ahead, in that they have more life experience, academic success in their previous school prior to CSUF admission and likely two or more years of work experience. On the other hand, the university environment, especially at a large public institution such as CSUF, is quite different from community college. It often requires a student to take more initiative. The expectations and rigor of the classes at Mihaylo differs from what transfer students have experienced in the past. Transfer students who are used to a community college environment may be caught by surprise.”