Jan. 27, 2020,

WKU HR announced that 2020 Spring Semester would be postponed until Feb. 22, 2020 because of 2019 Nobel Coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan, China. 

 

Feb, 02, 2020

WKU HR announced that "Please DO NOT return to Wenzhou before March 01, 2020" because of the incremental situation of the Coronavirus in Wenzhou, Zhejiang area. 

 

Updated Academic Calendar of WKU 2020 Spring  (retrieved in Feb,, 11, 2020:  http://www.wku.edu.cn/en/academics/academic-calendar/)

 

Feb. 04, 2020

In responding to the situation, Kean USA and WKU setup several principles. (Feb. 04, 2020: Brief from WKU CBPM Dean Dr. Cao Jiang) 

1. Student and faculty health and security come first. Currently, we have a government mandate not to start the spring semester by 3/1. The actual start will be determined by Kean USA pending the virus situation.

2. At the meantime we must serve our students, particularly graduating seniors who need to start to work or attend graduate school in June. 

3. As such we must prepare to start online delivery on Feb 24, and ready to deliver 5 weeks' worth of content (Mar. 27, 2020) in the next three weeks, and hope the epidemic is under control so we can resume in-classroom teaching at the earliest possible time. Otherwise, we have to be ready for full-semester online delivery.

4. Many business courses already have Blackboard (BB) online modules ready to go, while others need to be developed as we go. All faculty will receive extensive BB training. 

5. At the meantime, please do NOT send students traditional syllabi until future communications from Eric, because of their difference with online version syllabi. 

 

Feb. 10, 2020

Kean Online Team organized the "Kick-off meeting" Monday, Feb. 10th @ 8AM (EST) to help Online course developers to initiate online course development to ensure world-class education in the epidemic situation in WKU. 

 

Online Course Developer's Guide Orientation (course)

https://blackboard.kean.edu/courses/1/2020SU_ODC_WKU16/content/_1227133_1/index_lms_html5.html

 

Course Structure of Kean Online Course

 

Unit 1: Design (Sample of Learning Activities) 

Please complete the "Online Course Developer" Guide Orientation Online course! 

 

Go to Developer Resources: You can get almost all necessary templates and resources to develop an online course. 

You may complete five documents and Upload them to the relevant Blackboard folders: 

1. Course Map (Feb. 10)

2. Unit 1 Map (Feb. 12)

3. Unit 2-8 Map (Feb. 14)

4. Unit 9-16 Map (Feb. 16)

3. Syllabus (Feb. 16)

 


 

Templates are here: 

Course Map Sample_2020_WKU16.docx
0.21MB
Syllabus Part A Sample_2020_WKU16.docx
0.07MB
Unit Map 1 Sample_2020_WKU16(1).docx
0.05MB

 

 

 

Feb. 11, 2020 (Course Map Development)

Course Map Completion: All course developers of WKU CBPM worked on providing the course map of each course by Feb. 10, 2020 (EST)

Sample: MGS3032: Organizational Behavior Course Map. 

20200210_MGS3032_Course Map_2020_WKU16_Choi_Ver2_Black.docx
0.21MB

 

At WeChat (Chinese Social Media) Group, all WKU CBPM faculty members (except Dr. Sven Dahms for the technical problem) were working together to build online courses. 

 

Feb. 12, 2020 (Unit 1 Development)

Unit 1 sample. 

 

Feb. 14, 2020 (Unit 2-8 Development)

 

21 WKU CBPM Faculty Members, Dean of WKU CBPM, and a Staff (Ms. Wang Yang) are organized as a Group at WeChat (Chinese Social Network Service) for collaboration of Online course development. 

 

Feb. 16, 2020 (Unit 2-8 Development)

Uni 9-16 

Sample of Dr. Rob Majerison (MGS4010, Operations Management)

MGS4010_U1-16_OpsMgt.pdf
0.78MB

 

Feb. 16, 2020 (Online Course Syllabus Development)

Online Course Syllabus Development

 

Please be sure that all grades are marked in a proper way. 

 

Feb. 17, 2020: Online Training Starts (for Instructors)

In Feb. 17 (Monday, 12:01AM, Eastern Time), All faculty members who are engaging in Online course teaching start the Three Online Courses. 

1. WKU Online Faculty Training (Spring 2020)

2. WKU Online Student Orientation

3. KOFT_WKU_ITS

 

To complete these three online courses, 

First, Go to www.kean.edu 

Second, Scroll over QUICKLINKS

Third, Click Blackboard

Fourth, Login with your kean.edu ID/Password (not wku ID/pwd)

 

Once online course instructors login to the Kean Blackboard, You can see Blackboard dashboard. 

Click course, and they can find out three assigned Online Training course 

Completion of three online courses are necessary for all WKU Online course instructors and teachers between Feb. 17 ~ 19, 2020. (by Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 11:59PM US EST). 

Feb. 19-20, 2020: Online Training (for Instructors)

1. Online Developer Course

 

2. Online Faculty Training

 

3. Online Student Training

 

4. KOFT Online Faculty Training

 

Mutual Understanding of "Two Certificates of Kean Online Course Development & Training" between WKU CBPM and Kean Online Team. 

Example of Kean Online Faculty Training

 

Feb. 23, 2020: All online courses were reconstructed for a technical reason.

 Technical Format! 

 

Feb. 24, 2020: A compromise of course teaching at Online ( CJ and Jerry).

Agreement of Understanding (No structural change).

But, individual instructors have contents change and grading authority with appropriate evidences (inside / outside of Blackboard).  

Feb. 24, 2020: The First Online Teaching day (WKU)

Blackboard Live Session Works fine. 

Once recorded, instructors can share the recorded video like this. 

 

Feb. 24, 2020: Live Session Scheduling by Repeat Function

Blackboard Live Session Scheduling

 

Feb. 25, 2020: Grading Policy Chaos

Blackboard Live Session Scheduling

Responding to the Email from WKU Online Tech (WKU Online Faculty Training Spring 2020: Updates from the Leadership Team; WKU Online Tech - wkuonlinetech@kean.edu <do-not-reply@blackboard.com>; 12:17 AM),

These questions were raised (by Dr. Jerry Choi)

1. Instructors do not have any Grading authority at all? Why not?

2. I still do not understand why students and instructors must suffer from totally complicated DQ writing and grading. Can instructors have the full authority of grading? 

3. Unavailable students must be contacted by instructor, Not administrators? Why? 

4. Should we make two (2 hours) Live session per Unit? What is that mean? 

5. Instructors have or do not have the Class pace (speed) management or not? 

Should we complete each Units according to Kean Online Team? 

Then, what is the schedule of Unit completion?

 

 

Feb. 28, 2020: WKU Online Academic Leadership Team addressed several issues

From WKU Online Academic Leadership Team

From: WKU Online Tech - wkuonlinetech@kean.edu <do-not-reply@blackboard.com>
Date: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 7:41 AM
Subject: WKU Online Faculty Training Spring 2020: Copy of email sent to students - February 25th
To: 

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For your information this email was just sent to all WKU students.  It is important that you understand how student concerns are being addressed.

____________________________________________________________________

Dear WKU Students,

We wanted to clarify some concerns that some of you have expressed.  They are valid concerns and we are glad for the opportunity to address them. 

Time Zone

All graded activities including discussions and assignments will go by US EST as this is how Blackboard is configured. This means that an assignment that is due Sunday at 11:59pm US EST this would equate to Monday at 12:59pm Beijing Time.  If your first post to the unit’s discussion question is due by Tuesday at 11:59pm US EST this equates to Wednesday 12:59pm.  There is a 13 hour difference.

Discussion Boards and Rubric

Discussions are very important learning activities in an online course.  They represent conversations that would happen in a typical face to face course.  In order to make the conversations as beneficial as possible so that everyone can learn from each other there are several important guidelines.  To earn full credit for work inside of the discussions in each unit the following elements are considered:

  1. Did the student post his/her initial response to the discussion question (DQ) by the second day of the unit which for Unit 1 is Tuesday at 11:59pm US EST.  The discussions are not tied to the live sessions.  You can start your responses before the live session happens. Please consult the Course Dates document in Course Information which lets you know what is due on every day of the semester for exact dates. (Timeliness)
  2. Was the student response to the initial question posted by the faculty member a good response?  Did it answer the questions? Did the student support their arguments with facts found in the readings or elsewhere? This shows the faculty member that you have been really thinking about the topics.  Please note that in most cases there is no right or wrong.  This is more about effort.  (Quality) 
  3. Did the student participate fully in the conversations?  Conversations are meant to happen throughout the entire duration of the unit.  For Unit 1 this is seven days from Monday to Sunday.  It is up the student to decide which days he/she will participate on as long as the first post is done by the second day of the unit.   For example a student can post on Tuesday (the initial response) and Wednesday and Friday.  Another example is a student posts the initial response on Monday but interacts with others on Saturday and Sunday.    Students have flexibility on what days they post.  (Frequency)
  4. Did the student respond to five peers/the instructors during the unit? Discussions are meant to be highly interactive.  This is where you can show what you know and learn from each other including the faculty.  You are required to respond to five peers throughout the unit.  Remember these are conversations similar to what you would have as if you were in person.  You are simply talking (writing) to each other.  (Interactivity)


Each discussion question is worth 15 points per week and you will be evaluated based upon the factors noted above.  You should work with your faculty member to make sure that you are on track with meeting these requirements.  The rubric (assessment criteria) that is being used is attached. 

Assignments

In each online course you will find at least one assignment per unit.  You should begin working on your assignment(s) as soon as the units open.  Your assignments are not connected to when the Live Sessions happen.  Communicate with your individual course faculty member regarding assignment requirements and grading related issues.

Workload

Online courses are built to be equivalent to face to face courses in terms of workload.  They have the same learning objectives and required number of hours associated them.  Your faculty built your courses taking these factors into consideration.

For a three credit course, there are three hours of work within Blackboard per unit.  This is equivalent to the three hours that you spend inside of a classroom.  How this equates in Blackboard is 1 hour for the Live Session, 1.5 hours for discussions (DQs) and .5 hours for navigation (moving around the unit). 

In a typical face to face students are recommended to spend 2-3 hours for every credit taken doing things like homework and readings.  For a three credit course this means 6-9 hours of work outside of the classroom.  In our online courses we expect the same. 

So when you take into account what happens inside of Blackboard and outside of Blackboard this means 9-12 hours per unit of work is to be completed.  For some students it could be less and for some it could mean more.  This is a range. 

Time Management

Based upon the amount of hours you need to spend in your courses and the work you have to complete Time Management is super important for your success.  There is no room for waiting until the last minute to complete any of the planned activities.   It is important for you to stay ahead of your work and if you need assistance from your faculty member ask for it right away.  Your faculty member might not know you are struggling until you tell them.  Don’t wait until the last minute in a unit to express your concerns.  Make sure to begin your work in a unit as soon as it starts.

Contacting Faculty

Your faculty understand the importance of communicating with you.  In each course there are several ways for you to reach them including “Ask the Instructor” for general questions, “Messages” for private questions and “Live Sessions”.  Faculty members have been asked to respond to your concerns within 24 hours.  They need to be your first point of contact on anything related to your coursework.

If you feel that you are not getting the responses you need to continue your work and meet your deadlines then you should reach out to your Dean.   Below is a listing of those Deans who have been given access to your courses, for monitoring and assessment, for you to contact if this happens:

Dean Cao Jiang, College of Business and Public Management

Dean Raquel Stuart, College of Liberal Arts

Dean Larry Brown, College Science and Technology

Dean David Mohney, Michael Graves College, Architecture

Associate Dean Rose Gonnella, Michael Graves College, Design

Live Sessions/Connectivity

In each unit of the course your faculty member will be providing a 1 hour live session.  While attending the live session is suggested it is not required because it is recorded.  We recognize that many students are taking multiples courses and this could create conflicts.  It is up the student which live session he/she will/can attend.  Attendance during these live session is not taken and it does not factor in the grades.  If you have connectivity issues during the session you rest easy knowing that your session has been recorded.  Your faculty member will provide for you in the announcements a link to the sessions as they have been recorded. 

Grading

Grading will not happen until the unit it over.  The first unit ends on Sunday March 1st so do not expect grades right away. Grading for each unit needs to be completed by the faculty five days after the unit has ended.  Keep in touch with your faculty member via Messages regarding any grading issues you have about your grades.

 

We realize that online learning in such a structured environment is new to many of you.   We encourage you to work with your faculty to help you progress through your courses.  In the meantime we will continue to listen to your concerns and provide any explanations necessary so that you can be successful.  Your faculty will also be provided with a copy of this letter so that they are aware of what you have been told. 

We wish you a great semester!

WKU Online Academic Leadership Team

 

This is an example of a Guide for Discussion questions (DQ) and Assignment for simple and efficient completion of course tasks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In Kean USA and Kean Wenzhou, there is Academic Early Alert (previously known as Midterm Progress Reports) which needs to be performed by instructors of every course in a regular semester(s). 

The purpose of this practice is to help students getting the necessary supports to complete the course successfully.  

Every instructor needs to carefully report and suggest necessary interventions to help students. 

Here are processes that how an instructor can report the Academic Early Alerts. 

1. Please go to KeanWise system (www.kean.edu) and log-in with Faculty ID/PWD

2. Go to Academic Early Alerts 

 

3. Choose the course term and campus

4. Provide appropriate grade, action or suggestion for every student.  

5. Report it, and that is it. 

6. Continually give students your attention to make them completing your course successfully. 

 

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2019. 10. 17, Document created. 

 

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Welcome to Wenzhou-Kean University, College of Business & Public Management

 

WKU CBPM's mission is to provide a high quality, practically-oriented education for demographically, economically, and culturally-diverse student in a nurturing atmosphere. 

 

The WKU CBPM's vision is to prepare CBPM graduates for rewarding careers in variety of managerial and leadership capacities in the private, non-profit, and public sectors in global settings. 

 

 

WKU CBPM is structured with three college majors (Accounting, Finance, and Management/MKT/GBUS). 

 

 

Our mission and vision are achieved by faculty, staff, and students' full engagement in education, scholarship, and outreach. We, WKU CBPM membres, are proactively involving in five venues with inter- and intra-domains. 

 

CBPM Faculty members are expected to perform excellent teaching, College and community services, and Compliances to school policy and practice. 

 


CBPM Location: 

 

Address:

 

CBPM Building, Wenzhou-Kean University, 88 Daxue Rd, Ouhai, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China 325060

中国浙江省温州市瓯海区大学路88号 CBPM B209, 邮政编码:325060

 

 

Urgent Contact

 

One-Stop Service:

Tel:  + 86 0577 5587 0707

Email:  facultyhelpdesk@wku.edu.cn

 

CBPM Office: 

 

WKU HR Staff: 

 

Hiring Process: Rainie, Huang Jiarui (huangjiarui@wku.edu.cn, Training Building A217)

 

Flight, Transportation, Salary: Emerald, Yu Miaomiao (yumiaomiao@wku.edu.cn,  Training Building, A217) 

 

Faculty Housing: Chelsea, Hu Chunchun (huchunchun@wku.edu.cn, Training Building A217)

 

 


Relocation Guide

 

1. Acceptance Letter, Visa Update, and HR issue: Please contact WKU HR Staff members. 

 

2. Faculty housing: There are three faculty housing options (XTY, Chashan, and Campus housing):  CBPM would like to recommend Campus housing as the best option because of tough CBPM teaching schedules. And Chashan can be another option. XTY is not recommendable for long commuting. 

 

3. Mobile Phone and WeChat: No mobile phone / WeChat means not life in China. Please immediately get a Mobile phone simcard at WKU HR (One-stop service or Rainie) can help you.  Please remember China has many restrictions in using Google, Facebook, and many outside IT services. 

 

4. Bank Account: Please open a Chinse Bank Account (ICBC Bank) as soon as possible to deposit transition expense and to get or transfer your salary. (One-stop service can help you. You may need to bring Passport, Visa, Work permit documents to open a bank account. 

 

5. IT Services: You will get a laptop from IT department when you come to campus. Please contact IT Guy in CBPM Building (5th floor in CBPM). You must get an Email (xxxx@kean.edu & xxxx@wku.edu.cn). Definitely, you must have kean.edu Email to use Blackboard (Learning Management System) for teaching and communication. (One-stop service and IT guy will help you.) 

 

6. TaoBao for Shopping: As soon as you get a mobile and Bank account, please install TaoBao (Alibaba) or Jingdong (JD.com) services for shopping. One-stop service can help you. 

 

7. Mentor: If you need any other practical support, please define a mentor out of a CBPM faculty to get practical help. 

 


 

 

2019. 08. 05: Initially documented by Dr. Jeonghwan Jerry Choi

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How to Apply Large Lecture Rooms for Common Exam or Activity?


Official Guide is here: 


How to book a video classroom for video recording


https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzU2Njg0NDM5Nw==&mid=100000073&idx=1&sn=b8508e9ed045b98b446f20050e562a76&chksm=7ca70fcb4bd086dd50a52616122a0a79230becc1a541e3090d8dc80b82dec4b0f20bd91ec4f1#rd




For Whole Instruction: 


Rescource Booking Manual.docx.pdf






Go to www.wku.edu.cn


And Login with WKU ID/PWD. 



Go to Office Automation




Check the Workflow Apply 




Then, you can find the Lecture Hall under General. 


Choose Lecture Hall





Input Title / Lecture Hall Number / Purpose / Date / Time etc. 





After checking the Lecture Hall, Go to Calendar

 







Calendar Check Method: 


Go to WKU email at the System Center



Click Calendar





Search and Add Lecture Halls you want to apply 















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Guide for Advisement for Course Registration. 



Step1: Based on the Registration Office's information (commonly via from CBPM office), I summarize courses my advisee students should take in the next semester in the PPT. 

Step 2: I list up all my advisee students in Excel file (Sign Sheet: List, Email, Name & Sign space)

Step 3: Send Email student when they should come to my office to sign and get advisement

Step 4: When students come, I provide the prepared PPT file and let them sign on the sheet, commonly their English name). 



Step 5: Once I got all signs, I release their first hold before registration starts


Step 6: After the registration period over, and if a student has no problem, I release the second hold before the end of a semester.


**REMARKS: Since 2019 Fall, WKU releases the 1st and 2nd hold at the same time. 




Step 5, 6 Detail: Guide for Release Academic Hold




Document HIstory.

2019. Nov. 12: Remarks: Release two hold at the same time in WKU. 

2018. Nov. 26 First Release after confirming the fact from CBPM office. 




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Kean Business Plan Competition 


First Round (Executive Summary Competition)

01.Outline of Executive Summary.docx


Kean LIve Kean BPC Broadcasting: 

https://www.youtube.com/user/KeanLive



Kean BPC 2020


First Round (Executive Summary Competition)

Accepting two-pages Executive Summary (Mar. 02, 2020) 






EXAMPLES OF KEAN BPC 

Kean BPC 2019


First Round (Executive Summary Competition)

Total 12 teams participated in the 2019 competition. 

Second Round (Full Business Plan) 

Second round evaluation: Three out of nine teams were chosen as finalists


AvatarCare Team Full Business Plan: 

Avatarcare Business Plan.pdf


Pro Pet Sitter Team Full Business Plan: 

pro pet.pdf


Black Wings Team Full Business Plan: 

Black Wings_2019Full Business Plan.pdf


Final Presentation (April 11, 2019)

AvatarCare Team Final Presentation:


Pro Pet Sitter Team Final Presentation:

 


BlackWings Team Final Presentation: 



Awarding Ceremony (TBA)





2019

1st Round (Executive Summary)


Semi-Finalists (Mar. 09, 2019) 

Avatarcare 

WKU_Avatarcare.docx


Black Wings

WKU_Black Wings.pdf


CreatiOn Child Care Center

WKU_CreatiOn Child Care Center.docx


Express Master


Pets Onsite Service

WKU_Pets Onsite Service.docx


Travel Together


Lyrebird Company


CBSB


Kean BPC 2018


First Round (Executive Summary Competition)

Executive Summary (1-2 pages single-spaced)


Sample Executive Summary Template is here! 

example executive summary.docx


1. Company Name & Contact Information

Company name and location:

Your contact information (names, email addresses and phone numbers): 


2. Opportunity/Problem

Briefly describe the key problem or unmet need that you will address for your customers. 


3. Solution

What products or services will you offer to address the problem above to meet your customers’ need(s)?


4. Competition and Competitive Advantage 

What other options do your customers currently have to address their needs, and what makes your solution better for them?

What is your “crystal clear” competitive advantage?  What are you most counting on to encourage potential customers to buy from you?

If you have a common business, explain why customers need your particular business. Do you offer lower prices? More convenient hours? A better location or distribution method? A specialty that is not otherwise available in your area?  Do you have a different way of promoting your business?

If your company is doing something new and different, explain why the world needs your product or service innovation. What is it about existing businesses or situations that are subpar? Are you improving on a mediocre product or service category? 

5. Target Market

Who is your primary target market?

What is the size of that market?

What are the key trends affecting your industry that will make it an attractive market (e.g. competitive, economic, cultural, demographic, lifestyle, technological, political/legal, environmental sustainability, etc.)?


6. Why Us?

What is it about your company — your skills, experience, subject-matter expertise, business acumen, team, innovations, industry connections, key advisors, and so on — that makes you (or your team)the right one(s) to take advantage of this market opportunity?


7. Forecast

Summarize your financial goals. How much revenue do you expect to make in the first year of your business? What kind of revenue growth do you expect in the following years? When do you expect your business to be profitable, or do you have a strategic reason for running at a loss instead? 


8. Financing Needed

How much money will you need to raise and what will it be used for? 

  How do you plan to fund your business?    Will you need to seek outside financing or invest your own money to get it started?


The Submitted Business Plan will be evaluated in accordance with this evaluation rubic measurement. Please keep in mind this measuring factors when you write up the executive summary.



Definitions of Rubic

Business Opportunity

Presented the business opportunity and how the company will take advantage of that opportunity


Distinctive Product or Service

A unique/well-thought-out product and/or service that gives the company a competitive advantage


Target Market 

Explained the target market, its need, its size and the customer usage trends


Management Capability

Discussed how the founder and his/her team will develop this company and handle the associated risks


Financial Understanding

Displayed a good understanding of the financial requirements and projections for the business


Investment Potential 

Clear and compelling business idea, obvious investment potential


Quality of presentation

Presented business idea in a logical, persuasive manner, and answered questions convincingly. Visual materials effectively supported and enhanced the oral presentation.

All ratings are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being poor and 10 being excellent.


Example of Business Plan Evaluation



Samples of 1st Round Winners' Business Plan Idea


HealthyBlender

zzzHealthyblender.pdf


MasterPiece

zzzMasterPiece.docx


Green Community Farming


Intellectual Exchange community

zzzIntellectual exchange community.docx


Smart Mirror

zzzSmart Mirror.docx


Cougar's Food Truck

ZZZCougar's Food Truck.docx



Second Round (Full Business Plan) 

Semi-Finalists are expected to develop a full business plan that describes each following items in detail.   

1.Company Name & Contact Information

2.Opportunity/Problem

3.Solution

4.Competition and Competitive Advantage 

5.Target Market

6.Why Us?

7.Forecast

8. Financing Needed


Please Complete a full business plan, and submit it to bizplan@kean.edu until the due date.


Here are several samples of Full Business Plans that won prizes in previous Kean BPC. 

Full Business Plan Example: 2017 Kean BPC Prize Winners

- Fly Solo: 

Fly solo full business plan .pdf


- Home Style Furniture: 

Homestyle Furniture-Full business Plan.pdf


- Leisure & Love Coffee Shop

WKU Leisure & Love Coffee Shop.pdf


You can also refer to the following website: 

Guide to developing a full business plan: 

https://articles.bplans.com/a-standard-business-plan-outline/




Finalist Notification 

Three finalist teams were chosen

Green Community Farming: 
Community or Urban farming is a popular social enterprise model in the US and Western Europe. The plan identified a unique niche for the target customer. However, the business model seems like a B2C, which may limit the growth of the social value from the business. Social enterprise model can be sustained and flourish if the model is deeply embedded on a specific community and local environment. The plan does not tap the aspect yet. If the plan can show the potential of B2B or B2Community, it will be more fantastic. 


HealthyBlender: 

The plan addresses a unique target market : Vegetarians; Muslim; Females; Healthy food consumers based on their marketing research and market analysis. And the plan proposed using S-ERP system for controlling function at the start-up. A smart idea! And the plan proposed a realistic financing and net income statement. The experienced team composition is a big potential for investment. 

Impressively, the team already established a Website and ready to operate. The plan follows the all necessary business strategy formulation processes. Financing strategies are reasonable. However, the target market and the need assessment are still ambiguous. For example, how large the potential market is not well identified for the customized design service from ‘novice’ designers. Targeting the whole campus of China is too ambitious to achieve a meaningful success at the first stage of a new business.   

Final Event (Business Plan Presentation, April 12, 2018)



HealthyBlender Team: PT Slide

https://www.slideshare.net/jeonghwan.choi/healthy-blender-team


Green Community Farming: PT Slide

https://www.slideshare.net/jeonghwan.choi/green-community-farm1



2018 Kean Business Plan Competition Winners

Green Community Team ($900)

李馥宇 (Fuyu Li, Fiona);  毛湘宁 (Xiangning Mao, Olivia); 陈应方平(Yingfangping Chen, Sylvia);


Healthy Blender Team ($900)

Qi Zhang (Verna); Anqi Zheng (Carina); Jiayi Wu (Ashley)


MasterPiece Team ($150)

Jinxin Xu 徐金鑫 (Allen); Lantian Jia 贾蓝天(Sapphire)




2018 Kean Business Plan Competition Award Ceremony (May 11, 2018, Hall of Fame Event @ CBPM Building )

Introduction of Kean BPC & Winner of 2018



Kean BPC Winners of 2018




Kean Business Plan Competition QR Code





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Institutional Review Board (IRB) Application Process at Management & Marketing, College of Business, Kean University (Wenzhou) 




I would like to share this information about "Institutional Review Board (IRB) Application Process at Management & Marketing Department at College of Business and Public Management (CBPM) at Kean University (Wenzhou campus). 


Different from another major, We, management and marketing faculty members and students, conduct field research to mine data from people. In this case, we need to comply "Human Subject Protection" rule because Kean University (Wenzhou) is subjected to the American education policy. 


In order to apply and get an IRB approval, You can take these processes. 




1. Please read and understand the IRB policy of Kean University


Kean IRB & Research Compliance


http://www.kean.edu/offices/research-and-sponsored-programs/irb-research-compliance



Shortly speaking, you need to prepare "Required IRB Application Documents"


*Signed Paper Copy of the application (PI, CO PI and Faculty Advisor, if a student is the PI)

*CITI Certificate (PI, CO-PI and Faculty Advisor)

*Consent Form

*Debriefing Form


If applicable, these items must also be submitted with the application for it to be complete:


Assent Form (For participants under 18)

Site Permission

*Copies of all survey instruments, including interview questions

*Copies of recruitment letters, emails, flyers or advertisements



2. You need to take an online course and you must get a Certificate of Tutorial Completion at here. 


Overview of Training: 

http://www.kean.edu/offices/research-and-sponsored-programs/irb-research-compliance/submission-information/training


CITI Training: https://about.citiprogram.org/en/homepage/


WKU IRB applicants are required to completing the Human Subject Research HSR) Series: Social, Behavioral, Educational Module. 


Even though you already have a certificate from another institution, you are required to complete and show the certificate again for Kean University. It takes around 4~5 hours to complete the tutorial. You may prepare it in your free time before applying IRB. 


3. Prepare the IRB application form. 

By using an official application form, you can complete your IRB application form.


You can download the IRB application forms in here. 

https://keanirb.wixsite.com/keanirb/application-forms


The IRB application level is totally dependent on your "subject". And please consult with me (Dr. Jerry Choi  jechoi@kean.edu,  IRB coordinator at WKU) to declare your level of IRB application. If your IRB level is "Exempt" with minimal risk, it is automatically defined as an expedited application. And it will be much easier and faster. :) 


4. Apply for IRB to Kean ORSP (Office of Research & Sponsored Program). 


Once you complete 1) IRB application form and 2) Online course certificate, you can apply your IRB to  irb@kean.edu . 


IRB COORDINATOR: 

REENAT HASAN

Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Townsend Hall, 130

T: 908.737.3461

F: 908.737.3369

irb@kean.edu


You can communicate with IRB office manager at Kean is Susan Gannon (sgannon@kean.edu) or Person in Charge (Reenat Hasan, hasanr@kean.edu). 



5. Then, Be patient. 


Unfortunately, WKU cannot control the IRB process at Union campus. WKU is trying to take over the authority of "Exemption" level of IRB, but it is not positive because IRB authority cannot be delegated outside of the US territory. Anyway, I personally made a basic "understanding" with the IRB Office at Kean last winter. So, WKU management faculty will get a special support from the office. 


You can refer the IRB Application Deadlines at Kean Union in here. 

https://keanirb.wixsite.com/keanirb





Commonly, the IRB process requires "2 ~ 3 months" in general when it is "Exempt" level study because the IRB board meeting opens monthly for the 'Exempt" level. However, if you apply for level 1 or higher, it takes 4~6 months for review. But the time can vary depends on your research subject. 



These are the rough guideline for your IRB application in WKU CBPM. 




Jeonghwan (Jerry) Choi, PhD, MBA, ME 



IRB Coordinator at Management & Marketing, CBPM, Kean University (Wenzhou campus)



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Nov. 28, 2017: Updated according to Reenat Hasan's suggestion of http://www.kean.edu/offices/research-and-sponsored-programs/irb-research-compliance


Nov. 27, 2017: Published



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Guiding to Career Development for the Millenial. 


In this workshop, I am talking about the changing of career development paradigm from linear to protean (non-linear) career development in recent years. In addition, I am introducing the purpose-driven career development for the Millenial. 



Wenzhou-Kean University 

(Sat. 2:30PM ~ 4:30PM @ Dining Hall 2)


Sponsored by:   WKU Career Center, Career Development Student Organization







Traditionally, the vocational career follows a linear way of change. But recent career development is highly dynamic and non-linear. We call this recent career change as "Protean career development". 




Especially, the Millenial has a unique desire for career development. The Millenials are looking for 'contingent but equifinal purpose' achievement through their professional career. 



The Young expect that they will have multiple jobs (in average > 7 jobs) throughout life-span. However, the profession does not necessarily change over vocation. For example, a business major student can define their profession as "a business problem solver who addresses managing money (Capital) and managing people (Labor)". Defining a profession, rather than a job, thus, important for the young to develop their own protean career. 


I personally propose the young to think about "What actions are you taking now to achieve the purpose?" because only the current actions build the future career. 


To manage the current action, I suggest the young to use the "Energy planner" that may help organize and align their current actions to achieve the purpose (mission). 


File Download: 

EnergyPlanner_A5_Workshop.pptx




Speakers:  

Dr. Jeonghwan (Jerry) Choi  

Assistant Professor, College of Business and Public Management, Kean University (Wenzhou)


PhDUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MBA, HHL-Leipzig Graduate School of Management

ME, INHA Graduate College of Engineering 




Photos of the Workshop


 


 






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Guiding to Graduate Schools Workshop 

The Purpose: 

The purpose of sharing this information is to enhance the understanding about Graduate studies in foreign countries. Four international faculty members at College of Business and Public Management (CBPM), Kean University (Wenzhou campus) share their experiences of Graduate school application, admission, and completion. 


Speakers: 

Dr. Jahidur Rahman (PhD, City University of Hong-Kong)

Dr. Candy Lim Chiu (PhD, Kyoto University, Japan)

Dr. Mohammad Mousavi  (PhD, University of Edinburgh, UK)

Dr. Jeonghwan (Jerry) Choi (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)



Organizers:  From Left to Right

Helen (Hou Yiwen), Zagan (Chen Juefan), Afra (Man Quitong), Ariana (Xu Yunxin), Fredericka (Ge Yunuo). 




Workshop Materials: 


PPT file for the workshop: 

Speakers details: 

Dr. Jahidur Rahman (PhD, City University of Hong-Kong) talks about the importance of "Evaluation Metrics liks standard scores, GPA, and experiences from extracurricular activities". 

Dr. Rahman's Video: 


(In China, Bilibili Video) 


Dr. Candy Lim Chiu  (PhD, Kyoto University, Japan) talks about "Prepare a complete application package including SOP, required qualifications, portfoloio". 

Dr. Chiu's Video: 


(In China, Bilibili Video) 


Dr. Mohammad Mousavi  (PhD, University of Edinburgh, UK) talks about the unique characteristics of UK graduate programs and importance of "purpose of graduate study". 

Dr. Mousavi's Video: 


(In China, Bilibili Video) 


Dr. Jeonghwan (Jerry) Choi (PhDUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) talks about American graduate programs and suggests a "Template" that can help applicants organizing and preparing graduate school applications.". 


Dr. Choi's Video: 


(In China, Bilibili Video) 


Question & Answers:  


(In China, Bilibili Video)



Workshop Pictures:  

   

      




What Graduate Schools You can choose?  

1. Ranking Approach

50-50 Initiative (More than 50% graduates; Go to top 50 Graduate Schools) 


For Business Students, 

Best Business Schools (Bloomberg Ranking)

https://www.bloomberg.com/business-schools/2018/


2. Purpose Based Approach

According to the purpose of your study, you can choose the "Most Appropriate Graduate Program". 

  • Area or Region? (UK, USA, NYC?)

  • Field of study? (Data Analytics, HR Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Technology Management)

  • Network? (Your personal network in a specific field or region)

  • Terminal Career Goal? (PhD, Hotel Manager, Social Entrepreneur?)



How to get a strong recommendation letter for Graduate school application? 

please refer to http://leadershipcenter.tistory.com/444

Recommendation Request Form

Download:

Request for Recommendation Form_General.pptx




A Samples Recommendation Letter Instruction (Evaluation letter for an applicant)

Please evaluate the candidate and comment on the following:

1. What do you consider to be the applicant's primary talents or strengths?

2. Discuss the applicant's weaknesses and the efforts, if any, the applicant has made to improve in these areas.

3. Comment on the applicant's ability and willingness to work in a team environment.

4. Describe your observations concerning the applicant's leadership.

5. How will a graduate business degree contribute to new employment, or the candidate's managerial advancement in his/her current organization?

6. Provide any further comments that you believe would aid the committee in the evaluation of the applicant.


A Samples Recommendation Letter



A Samples Statement of Purpose (SOP) 

Source: https://www.mbaadmissiongurus.com/sample-mba-sop/finance




A Samples Statement of Purpose (SOP): Wenzhou Kean Student (500 words)

I, _______ , am writing this essay to apply for the MS in Finance program at the University of _____________.  

First and foremost, my main purpose of applying for the program is to grow myself as a global financial problem-solver in the field of social entrepreneurial finance, particularly in community economy development through building innovation cluster in developing countries like China, Vietnam, and Sub-Saharan Africa in the global economy. 

From my previous research of the Development Trend of Industrial Cluster in Wenzhou, the economy in China now developed in an imbalanced way. That is a few leading cities are economically growing quickly while many underdeveloped cities are declining because of unequal financial resource distribution issue. The problem of unequal financing for community economy development is one of the most critical problems that need to be addressed in development country’s economy. I want to learn about advanced knowledge about the financial problem-solving skills from your institution – the best graduate program for social entrepreneurial finance to address the issue in developing countries.

Second and specifically, I want to learn from the case of St. Louis city’s transition to Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) friendly local community economy development model in the perspective of entrepreneurial financing. I was acknowledged that St. Louis was an example of declining community economy, which is similar to Wenzhou – a second tier industrial city in China. From my personal communication with Dr. Choi – a founder of UC Smiles (a local currency social enterprise) at Urbana-Champaign, IL, I get to know that WUSTL have been successfully addressing the community economy problem in terms of Entrepreneurial Finance. I get a keen interest in the St. Louis community economy development model speculated in developing SMEs through entrepreneurial financing strategies and policies. 

At the Wenzhou community economy development project, I observed that financing to a few number of Championing companies did not work well in developing the community economy. For example, those leading companies, who took most entrepreneurial financial resources from central and local government, encountered economic crisis when their big global customers (e.g. Samsung) faced a problem in 2016 (Galaxy Note 7 – burning battery issue). Consequently, many SMEs at Wenzhou bankrupted and the local economy quickly declined. I would like to learn what will be better entrepreneurial financing strategies and policies in developing SME friendly local community economy from the living case of _____ city. 

Third and finally, I would like to elaborate my inquiry of social entrepreneurial financing as a global initiative at _______. I know that _________ has a strong tradition of multidisciplinary and diversified global initiatives for public value creation. I want to be a part of it and I am eager to contributing the legacy. I strongly believe that my inquiry of social entrepreneurial financing for developing countries is well aligned with the mission of the __________ graduate program.  

Shortly, I will be growing as a financial problem-solver who would address the financing issues in developing innovative local community economy at developing countries. 



 

TOEFL Waiver Example 

As a four-year fully English speaking American college, WKU students can get TOEFL waiver from many English speaking graduate schools. 

This is an example of applying for the TOEFL waiver. WKU student can get this certificate from the "Registration Office" and provide it with the application package. Please check out the availability of the TOEFL waiver at target graduate programs. 




About this document: 

June 11, 2019: Add "How to choose graduate program"

Oct. 01, 2018: Added TOEFL waiver example

Nov. 27, 2017: Added Sample 2 SOP

Nov. 02, 2017: Added Youtube Videos. 

Nov. 01, 2017: Added Bilibili QR Code

Oct. 24, 2017: Sample SOP was uploaded

Oct. 22, 2017: Sample recommendation letter was uploaded

Oct. 19, 2017: Presentation materials and photos were uploaded

Oct. 18, 2017: Workshop completed

Oct. 11, 2017: Originally written by Dr. Jeonghwan Choi 


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How to get a strong recommendation letter for Graduate school application? 


Faculty members want to give a more practical guide and support for graduate school applicants

Photo: Kean University (Wenzhou campus) Faculty members at 2017 Graduation Ceremony. 


However, faculty members have difficulties in writing a strong recommendation letter for two reasons: 1) Lack of applicant's information and 2) Time pressure. 


Solution 1: Use the Recommendation Letter Request Form

A faculty recommender needs necessary information and sufficient communication with an applicant to write a strong recommendation letter. The necessary information are 1) Personal information, 2) Purpose and Goal for graduate study, and 3) Capabilities and Characters of graduate study.   

The best way to provide recommender an applicant information is making sufficient and continual interactions. If an applicant works for a recommender and makes continual communications, there will be no problem for a recommender to know about an applicant to write a reference letter. 

But this case is not many in reality.  So, proving a recommender the sufficient information is highly desirable. 

The following template helps an applicant providing necessary information to a faculty recommender. 

Download file. 

Request for Recommendation Form_General2.pptx

(Rev. Oct. 10, 2017)


QR Code



The template is composed with 1) Applicant's personal information 2) Relationship with a recommender, 3) Necessary documents, 4) Applying schools, 5) Recommendation form, 6) Purpose of graduate study, 7) supportive capability, skills, and knowledge, and 8) Decision.  

It is noteworthy that an applicant can use the "Reference-letter.com" to fill in the "Any sample sentences do you want to include in the recommendation letter". 

Recommenders want to provide specific sentences that can highlight an applicant's strength and capability. And, an applicant can help the recommender to paraphrase the sample sentences.  

Click here to go to www.reference-letter.com


Solution 2: Make a Continual Communication

If an applicant completes the Recommendation Request Form, the individual should try making continual communications. Face-to-face interaction is the best form of making communication with a recommender. However, if it does not work, please never hesitate to make a phone call, Email, or message to refresh an applicant's request. 

Unfortunately, recommenders have limited time resource to write recommendation letters. For example, if a faculty get 10 requests for recommendation letter writing, the faculty may write more than 100 letters because an applicant commonly applied more than 10 different graduate schools. 


Frequently, a recommender misses or forgets to submit a recommendation letter for an applicant because of the reason. 

So, please do not assume that you will be a strong recommendation letter from a recommender simply because you 'requested'. But, please try to make a continual communication with the recommender. 


In short, use the recommendation letter request form for graduate school application and make a continual communication by using the form. It will help an applicant getting a strong recommendation letter. 


For more information, refer to this article. 

How to get into Graduate program? 

http://www.howtogetintograduateschool.com/graduate-applications/grad-school-beginners-guide/



This article is written by Jeonghwan (Jerry) Choi, PhD, MBA, ME


PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
MBA, HHL-Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Germany)
MBA, KDI School of Public Policy and Management (Korea)
ME, INHA Graduate School of Engineering (Korea)


Remarks: 

This article was formulated at the Professional Developments Days in 2017 at Kean University (Wenzhou) with collaborating from Dr. Mouhammad Mousavi and Dr. Gaurav Gupta 


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To my lovely graduating seniors (from Dr. Choi)


Congratulations on your graduation! You have achieved the certificate with your hard working. And you've totally deserved it. Now, you're going to start a new journey, and I would like to let you have my final advice. 



1. Just go to unknown. 

The World is totally unknown. And I know you are afraid of going to unknown. But the original meaning of "Romance / Romantic"  is "Going to Unknown". Don't be afraid of becoming Romantic, my beloved student! 


2. Do not expect high but humbly do what you believe it is right. 

The magic portion of happiness is "Expect Less, Act More". You may expect many things, and it is totally OK. However, unrealistic optimism is the main source of depression. Be positive, Yes definitely you need this. And please act more with little expectation. Here is my chant for you "Carpe Diem; Carpe Diem; Carpe Diem". You live now, not in the past nor in the future.


3. Learn from everyone, everywhere, and every moment to build your good character. 

Learning is the terminal goal of life according to the Epistemological perspective.  Studying is not learning, please know the difference. You will gain a bunch of new knowledge from textbook, teacher, friends, or google. But that is not learning. You can achieve learning with your heart. Listen to your inner voice when you meet somebody; when you are situated in a place or moment. Your heart and spirit can help you formulate a good habit, and the habit will build your good characters. I wish you can be a gentle, nice, listening, healing and kind individual who serves for the others. 


4. Search for the challenge, not the comfort, as an educated person.

No learning occurs when you stay in your comfort zone. But I know you maybe scared of breaking and going out your comfort zone. Yes, it is not easy. You may know this word "Pecking at the same time from inside and outside (啐啄同時, 줄탁동시)". When an egg is broken outside, it becomes an egg fry. But when an egg is broken from inside, it becomes a chick. A new life can start with breaking your limits though it will be discomforting. 


5. Life is full of blessings, and you will realize it from broken heart, sorrowful tears, and hurting senses.

You may not accept that the world is full of 'Paradox'. But you will get to know there is no bright without shade; no darkness without a hope. I wish you do not fall down for your contingent hard times. It comes and it goes like Yin and Yang. Please be wise enough to see a bright side in the darkness, and please be knowledgeable to know there is a shade on the bright side. However, please be hopeful because you will know your life is full of blessings.  


6. You will rise and shine, I am confident in it. !! "

If there is only one mission for one's life, it is simply "One should unleash full potential that is given by the initial cause". You're smart and you're hard working. And I am totally confident that you will rise and shine as you are becoming. 

My lovely advisee, please go out and learn many things. Then, I will listen to your stories carefully.  


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