Program Description

The mission of the hospitality management program is to provide students with a balanced blend of operational and administrative/management skills. The program seeks to attract and support a student population reflective of the diversity characteristic of the hospitality industry. State-of-the-art facilities, technical applications and educational materials will establish a solid foundation for success in the service industry. Interaction with industry–wise educators and community professionals will enhance knowledge and understanding of the hospitality industry as well as provide a network base for future professional pursuits. Academic and field research will be emphasized to contribute to the general hospitality knowledge base as well as to equip the student with the expertise necessary for professional research.

The goals of the Hospitality Management Program include:

  1. To provide instruction of a quality and scope that will qualify students to work as supervisors and managers in the hospitality industry.
  2. To maintain an active, qualified, and balanced faculty which meets the needs of the program and guidelines of the International Council of Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Educators (CHRIE), American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), The National Restaurant Association (NRA), the American Culinary Federation (ACF), and other recognized professional industry organizations.
  3. To provide resources, equipment, classrooms, laboratory space, and facilities for supervised practice that reflects the standards of the faculty and the program.
  4. To participate in the activities of community organizations/businesses and develop a network of professionals who act as mentors for students in their learning experiences and provide employment opportunities in the field of hospitality.
  5. To encourage students’ interest and participation in scholarly research activities through group projects, independent study, and attendance at professional meetings and seminars.
  6. To provide experiences that will enable students to meet the performance requirements for nationally recognized hospitality certifications.
  7. To promote employment of graduates as hospitality professionals locally, regionally and nationally.
  8. To promote lifelong learning and professional development education and activities, to enhance both the student experience and the welfare of local hospitality businesses.
  9. To attract, accommodate and support a diverse student population.
  10. To encourage financial support from community resources that will facilitate program objectives.