SMWC - leading college in human resource management

May 20th, 2014 | Betsy Wells

Preparing students for careers where they can make an immediate impact is the priority at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC). The College recently announced that the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that its Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management program has renewal of alignment with SHRM’s “HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.” SMWC is one of only two Indiana colleges to meet the SHRM guidelines.

“This alignment with SHRM’s HR curriculum guidelines is very important to employers,” states Frank Whittle, assistant professor of business. “It communicates to the employer that a student graduating from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in human resource management will have the knowledge, skills and abilities to not only do every day human resource functions, but to think strategically as the organization moves forward.”

SHRM is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. It is the leading provider of resources to serve the need of HR professionals and to advance the professional practice of human resource management.

The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelines -- created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013 -- are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and to help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

SMWC offers a degree in human resource management on campus and online.

“It is important to our students and employers to know the coursework is in alignment with these guidelines,” states Whittle. “There are different certifications human resource professionals can achieve through a testing process. If they want to pursue certification distinction, then they will be will prepared through this program at SMWC.”

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