Freeman School Strategic Plan 2022-27

A Path for Our Future

In the last 10 years, the global business environment has changed dramatically. Technology, in the form of data science, robotics and artificial intelligence, has led to an explosion of smart automation, eliminating millions of jobs but also creating new ones with new skill sets. Climate change is propelling innovation across industries but especially in energy, where the transition to renewables is rapidly reshaping the business landscape. Geopolitical instability, in the form of international conflicts and trade wars, is another driver of change as organizations grapple with its economic and societal impacts. Lastly, the growing call for social justice is prompting fundamental changes in how organizations approach and manage fairness and equity.

It was against this backdrop of rapid economic and societal change that the Freeman School initiated a new strategic planning process, one that sought to answer a primary question: Given these driving forces rapidly reshaping the world, what must business education do to ensure that leaders have the knowledge, skills and experience to face the growing challenges?

The work of seven task forces and the strategic planning work group culminated in 36 action items designed to position Freeman as a business school of the future, providing the next generation of business leaders with the knowledge, skills and experience to manage the challenges of our time in the face of rapid change. The plan addresses five broad areas:

  • Academics. Evaluating undergraduate and graduate programs and introducing new programs to address the changing needs of business.
  • Innovation. Investing in our centers and institutes to leverage our strengths, and founding a new Center for Experiential Learning.
  • Knowledge Advancement. Growing our faculty and supporting their research, establishing Freeman's reputation as a center of research excellence.
  • Connections. Building bonds with alumni, corporations and the community to enrich experiential learning and expand opportunities for internships and employment.
  • Organizational Excellence. Investing in our faculty and staff to create a strong, healthy, supportive workplace that allows all members of the community to thrive.

You can read details about action items identified by the strategic plan in the Winter 2022 issue of Freeman Business magazine.

The stories below describe progress on the various initiatives identified in the plan. Select a story to read more about our initiatives.

Freeman launches first online MBA program

To meet the growing demand for online graduate business education, Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business announces the launch of its first fully online Master of Business Administration program.

Read about the Online MBA program.

New Full-Time MBA Curriculum

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To prepare future leaders to take on the complex challenges of today’s rapidly changing business environment, Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business has announced a new full-time MBA curriculum to begin in fall 2023.

Read about the new MBA curriculum.

New EDI dean hopes to build better, more diverse business school

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As the Freeman School’s first associate dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Erick Valentine is responsible for embedding the values of EDI throughout the business school.

Read about Associate Dean Erick Valentine