Friday, July 15, 2011

WMU's undergraduate HR Management program is one of top 15 percent of AACSB schools certified by SHRM

WMU Human Resource students participated in an internal HR Games this past spring. From left are Abbee Miller and Ashley Heckman, first place team members, Dr. Dan Farrell, HR program director, Andrea Foster, Target representative, and Ashlee Elder and Nicole Drew, second place team members.
WMU’s undergraduate Human Resource Management program has the distinction of being one of the top 15 percent of AACSB accredited programs recognized by the Society of Human Resource Management for alignment to the SHRM curriculum standards.

“We try to stay on the cutting edge of HR curriculum as we continuously work to make the HR program the “Program of Choice” in the region,” says Dr. Dan Farrell, professor of management and human resource program coordinator. “The alignment signifies that the WMU curriculum lines up with established guides relative to topics, courses, business context and delivery methods.”

“Out of 487 AACSB schools, our program is in a group of only 74 schools that have had its HR major certified by SHRM,” says Farrell, “We are one of 4 of 14 schools in the state of Michigan that are SHRM certified.” In all, there were 165 programs that have obtained the certification. 

SHRM provides colleges and universities with resources for tracking HR curricula against common skills needed by employers filling professional human resource positions. SHRM developed a curriculum template based on extensive research analysis that is designed to set the agenda on what the educational requirements for a career in HR; raise the bar for HR degree content and delivery of HR degree content, and support HR as a profession, with specific educational requirements. The review period is effective for three calendar years.

SHRM’s focus on HR education is an important and critical component to securing the future success and recognition of the profession. The SHRM HR curriculum guides are based on extensive research analysis.

SHRM is the largest human resource management association in the world, with over 250,000 members. The WMU student chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources has over 25 members and recently received a Superior Merit Award from SHRM for the fourth year in a row for an exceptional job in providing opportunities for growth and development of its student chapter members.

For more about SHRM and the HR Curriculum Guidebook visit: .