Fall 2006 Volume I Issue III
1. A Course-Embedded Approach to Assessing Student Learning for the Business Major Claude R. Superville
This article provides a theoretical framework for assessing student learning in undergraduate finance, marketing, management, and accounting programs. The assessment plan advocates a micro-approach to program evaluation by embedding the achievement of learning outcomes, performance standards and measures at the course-level as opposed to macro-based exit examinations at the end of the degree. An approach is provided to assessing learning in the business majors that should be informative to other universities pursuing assessing of there undergraduate business programs.
2. OPTIONS FOR FINANCING INFRASTRUCTURAL FACILITIES IN RURAL COUNTIES - A DISCUSSION Mona Ray, Ph.D
In general, while providing services the local authorities have to consider the issues of accountability, equity & efficiency in financing. Also, raising money involves concerns regarding the availability, cost and productivity of money. Prior to the Tax reform Act of 1986 localities relied heavily on the Federal & State governments for funds. However, over the past decade, several alternative and innovative financing options have emerged, which has reduced significantly the dependence on higher-level government aids. This paper offers the reader a general discussion on these various methods of financing techniques that the rural counties can adopt to foster economic development in their localities. A brief survey done in the year 1999 on the rural counties of eight southeastern states revealed that some of these alternative-financing techniques are becoming popular in terms of low issuance cost, low interest rates, and easy accessibility but for some others these may not yet be the most cost effective method.