To help your academic success, the business tutoring lab is available and free for students. Every piece of software you need for class is installed including Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, QuickBooks, and SAP. The business tutoring lab is open daily Monday through Friday and limited evening hours.
Tutors work one-on-one, in small groups, or in larger study groups. Professors also often hold tutoring/study sessions.
The business tutoring lab is in room 219 of the Wathen Business Building. Here you will find:
- 40 computers
- a staff of peer tutors,
- and full-time lab coordinator and tutor.
Tutoring is a possible employment opportunity for you if you are proficient in your business studies and approved by the professor of the related courses you will tutor.
One of the luxuries in life is the sweet smell and taste of coffee. Although some don’t drink coffee, most enjoy the smell. Coffee has become a staple in the American experience. One cannot go anywhere without smelling or tasting the “Nectar of the Gods”.
Because coffee is an everyday experience, all students can understand the concepts of a “cup of coffee”. Therefore, a virtual coffee shop is being used to teach students the strategies of managerial decision making.
Interpertive Simulation, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, created a virtual coffee shop entitled BizCafe. Students become managers of their own coffee café. Students are required to create a name and logo, hire servers and managers, determine inventory and coffee usage as well as solve special “incidents” that occur throughout the simulation. Students learn that all ® decisions affect the bottom line of the café.
Students find the simulation difficult at first but, as “periods” go by they begin to understand the concepts of running a café and the importance of all decisions. Near the end, most students enjoy the experience even though some did not make a profit.
As with any business, a small business owner must wear many hats. Students are exposed to areas in marketing, operations, human resource and accounting. Each period the financial statements are updated, an analysis of cups sold, coffee usage and expenses and cash flow is reported. Students take this information and use it to help them decide what decisions to make in the next period. Of course, the goal is to make a profit. But with BizCafe the main goal is to teach in a fun way. The simulation can be set-up so that each student can compete against the program, or their classmates or just by themselves. When students competed against each other, certain metrics are averaged or benchmarked informing the students of their standing among their peers. This brings an air of competition into the classroom.
Finally when all is said and done and the simulation is over, students report via presentation their experience in BizCafe. While some frustrations are expressed most comments are positive as many realize for the first time what it takes to run a business. They all agree that it takes dedication, critical thinking and a winning attitude to bring about the “Sweet Smell of Coffee”.
Available on the Vincennes and Jasper campuses
Why Major in Management?
No matter what company or business students might pursue, the theories and concepts of management are the same. Managers coordinate limited resources to work efficiently and effectively to accomplish the goals of the organization. Students learn the basics of management and are equipped to lead teams, projects or departments in many organizations and industries.
The Vincennes Business Management Department will educate you in:
- Theories of Management
- Principles of Marketing
- Basics of Accounting
- Understanding of Small Business
- Concepts of Salesmanship
- Knowledge of Business Finance
- Role of Computers in Business
Why study at VU?
- Vincennes University is a proud member of the Accredited Council or Business Schools and Programs.
- This two-year occupational program offers you specialized training in fundamental business concepts and theories as well as other areas of business study.
- Because of the small class sizes, you will have easy access to the professors and they will get to know you by name.
- The VU advisory board, which consists of managers, accountants, and other business professionals from the surrounding communities, meet with faculty to ensure the curriculum offers you the education you will need in the workplace.
- VU also provides a free tutoring lab to help you become a successful student and earn your degree.
Resume building opportunities include:
- Projects with local businesses
- Job shadowing
The VU advantage
- Quality education with current issues and concerns to business and consumers
- Faculty dedicated to offer you the best opportunity to succeed
- Experience faculty to deliver a quality education
- Simulations in various classes to help you understand concepts being taught
- Small classes and easy to follow assignment schedules
- All business management classes located in the business building
Learn more about the Business Management Program by contacting:
Professor Michael Coyne, MSA, BSA Assistant Professor
Coaching, Creativity and Passion – OH MY!
It is often said that the majority of people don’t quit their job, they quit their boss. The Huffington Post recently ran an article titled “9 Things That Make Good Employees Quit” (Bradberry, 2016). This article discusses the top things that managers do that make good employees want to leave a place of employment:
- Managers overwork people
- They don’t recognize and reward good employees for all that they contribute to the team
- They don’t know how to show that they care about their people – balancing being professional and showing genuine concern for people
- They don’t honor their promises/commitments
- Hiring and promoting the wrong people
- They don’t allow their employees to pursue their passions within the work environment
- They fail to develop employees’ skills
- They fail to engage employees and empower them to use their creativity
- They fail to intellectually challenge their employees
In Vincennes University’s Business Management and Business Administration programs, students have the opportunity to develop valuable management skills that will make them top rate business leaders. Management students are able to develop coaching skills by tapping into team members’ talents and providing one another with valuable performance feedback in exercises such as the “Penny Bounce”, as shown below.
In this exercise students rotate through a variety of managerial roles. While one learner ( the employee) bounces pennies across the table, other learners serve in the roles of:
- The Coach who provides guidance and collaborates with the employee to find best solutions. The coach also provides performance recognition to the employee.
- The Quality Assurance Technician measures the distance of the penny in comparison to the intended goal
- The Time Keeper assures that the project stays on target
- The Production Manager records the data that pertains to the distance of the penny and the time that it takes for the employee to bounce 10 pennies. The PM tracks data about productivity to measure organizational performance.
Bradberry, T. (2016). 9 things that make good employees quit. Retrieved from