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0 November 16, 2000
Volume 31 Number 7
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CSU, Chico Becomes Competency Center

A $250,000 computer equipment grant from Hewlett Packard to California State University, Chico's College of Business enabled the university to become the first SAP University Competency Center.

Through the agreement, CSU, Chico will share its curricular materials and instructional technology with other universities throughout the United States. The goal is to train other universities to integrate the Internet-enabled enterprise software system into their business curriculums.

"The designation as a UCC by SAP America evidences the unquestioned leadership role of the CSU, Chico College of Business curriculum in the SAP University Alliance Program," said Jim Mensching, management information systems.

The University of Missouri was the first school to participate in the program, and four schools are now under contract with CSU, Chico for application services including Bentley College, DePaul University, Grand Valley State, and Auburn University.

More than five years ago, the university implemented the Business Process Curriculum Initiative (BPCI) to change the orientation of business courses from a functional perspective to one that emphasizes business processes. Traditionally, business courses are subdivided into functional categories including management information systems, marketing, accounting, and finance. The BPCI's mission is to integrate these functions and emphasize how they work together in the operation of a business.

"It's important to emphasize business processes in a business curriculum because that's the way business works," said Ray Boykin, production operations management and faculty director of SAP programs at CSU, Chico. "We'd be doing a disservice to our students if we did it any other way."

The College of Business is also participating in a cooperative inter-university business simulation with John Carroll University, the University of South Dakota, Central Michigan University, and Louisiana State University scheduled to begin fall 2001.

Through the simulation, students will gain technical expertise in configuring a SAP system and gain a better understanding of the integration of the business supply chain by actively participating in one.

-- Ann Walker


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