Details for Virginia Wesleyan University

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Liberal Arts College

Type of Education



Norfolk, VA, United States


Sign Up Date to PRME

25 Feb 2009

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

10 Aug 2016

Sharing Information on Progress (2016)

Virginia Wesleyan PRME SIP Report - View Report

Period Covered: Aug 2014 to Aug 2016

This 2016 SIP Report indicates that Virginia Wesleyan College continues to undertake activities and initiatives in support of the Principles for Responsible Management Education. The proposed MBA program, once approved, will deepen the college’s commitment to PRME while the college will continue to be a leader in higher education in promoting sustainability both in its administration and in its teaching and learning enterprise.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Our Liberal Arts Management Program is an Interdisciplinary major which integrates the liberal arts with management education. Included in our major curriculum is a required Senior Seminar in Managerial Ethics (MBE 400) as well as a required allied course in Environmental Literacy. Included in our students' general education graduation requirements is a course on Ethical Values and Faith Perspectives as well as a course on Institutional and Cultural Systems. The faculty is currently discussing a proposal to move to a four course-four credit system which will allow us to integrate more service learning and business outreach into our courses. Our full-time senior internship program exposes many of our students to the rigors and challenges of the workplace prior to graduation.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

As a primarily teaching college, Virginia Wesleyan College faculty historically have not been required to undertake significant research on top of our considerable teaching load. However, recent revisions to our promotion and tenure policies have begun to increase the expected degree of research as our teaching load has been reduced. Our faculty have undertaken research on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, diversity programs in major US companies, and a handful of other related topics. Increasingly, our research efforts will be expanded to include our students and will gravitate toward sustainability and other issues as addressed in the UN Global Compact. We are also in the early stages of an outreach program with local business leaders in on-campus panel discussions such as our upcoming "Ethical Management in an Economic Recession" in April.

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