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School of Business Administration records

Identifier: UA-005

Scope and Content

This collection documents the activities of the School of Business Administration, its individual departments, and various partnered organizations and centers. The majority of the files are from 1970 to 2000, and they include office files, publications, research and project papers, correspondence, and major events and programs.

Series I, Administration, contains records pertaining to the administrative function of the School of Business Administration. It includes student rosters, histories, correspondence, Master of Business Administration information, dean’s office files, title VI grant financials, restricted self-surveys and accreditation reports, specific School of Business Administration committees, dean’s law school files, and miscellaneous materials. The dean’s office files pertain mostly to the building, decorating, and maintenance of Miriam Hall. The specific School of Business Administration committees include Academic Affairs Committee, Graduate Committee, the Business Advisory Council, Instructional Cost Committee, and Curriculum Committee. The dean’s law school files are from when Dean Hoben was the chairman of the Law School Committee, which was responsible for re-opening the law school. Miscellaneous material includes pamphlets, brochures, and various other material related to the School of Business Administration.

Series II, Individual departments, contains records from the departments of Accounting, Marketing, Economics and Finance, Business Management, Retailing, and Executive Secretarial Studies within the School of Business Administration. This is not an exhaustive list, as there are not records from all departments. Records for most of the departments include basic annual reports, department profiles, and department meeting minutes. Two now-defunct departments, Executive Secretarial Studies and Retailing, are documented in more detail, because their office files are included.

Series III, Organizations and centers, the largest part of this collection, contains records of organizations and centers within or related to the School of Business Administration. Subseries I, the Office of Business and Economic Research (OBER), includes office files and various research projects. Two significant OBER studies were done in conjunction with Collegiate Associates for Market Measurement (CAMM) regarding the sales of women’s clothes. Another significant OBER study was done for Son Development Company regarding land usage and housing developments. OBER worked with many other businesses on small studies. Subseries II, the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), includes a small portion of basic information on CBER. The majority of this subseries is working papers, completed by students and faculty sometimes in conjunction with other professionals. Subseries III, Dayton Alliance for Minority Enterprise (DAME), includes administrative records for DAME, materials related to DAME, details of the University of Dayton class ADM 450, and information on DAME clients and cases. Administrative records for DAME primarily include meeting minutes and correspondence. Materials related to DAME primarily include organizations and activities related to DAME. The University of Dayton class ADM 450 was titled Minority Business Counseling. In this course, UD students worked with DAME to help a DAME client improve their business. Information on DAME clients and cases include 88 confirmed clients and 36 applicants or proposed clients. Subseries IV, Other organizations, contains various centers and organizations within or related to the School of Business Administration.

Series IV, Seminars, workshops, and events, contains records from various seminars, workshops, and other events. One notable workshop is the Annual Business Systems and Data Processing Workshop. Another notable event is the Redefining Investment Strategy Education (RISE) Symposium.

Series V, Publications, contains five School of Business Administration publications: Dayton Business Leader, Consensus, Innovator, School of Business/Alpha Kappa Psi Newsletter, and Practical Wisdom. Dayton Business Leader and Consensus both document the School of Business Administration and its leadership. Innovator focuses on business issues, many of them local. School of Business/Alpha Kappa Psi Newsletter is an informative publication for students, produced and distributed by the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. Practical Wisdom showcases business research and scholarship.


  • 1930-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 2000


Access to Materials

The materials in this collection are open and accessible to the public for use in the University Archives and Special Collections reading room. However, access to the records of the Academic Affairs committee requires written permisson from the dean of the School of Business Administration.

Copyright Notice

Copyright to the official records of the University belongs to the University of Dayton. Non-official records in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

History of the School of Business Administration

The Business Department was established in 1907, though it did not offer collegiate degrees in business until 1921. In 1921, shortly after St. Mary’s Institute became the University of Dayton, the Business Department was renamed the College of Commerce and Finance. It permitted students to achieve the collegiate degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Finance. In 1924, accounting and business management were developed as separate business programs.

In 1928, the College of Commerce and Finance became the Department of Commerce and Finance. In 1937, the Department of Commerce and Finance was placed within the College of Arts and Sciences and its name was changed to the Division of Business Administration. However, the division’s growing faculty and student presence on campus throughout the mid-twentieth century eventually called for it to become its own academic unit, separate from the College of Arts and Sciences.

In August of 1961, the School of Business Administration was established as a self-contained entity with Hilary R. Beth, the former associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, as its first dean. Its original majors included accounting, general business management, marketing, industrial management, personnel management, retailing, and economics. Today, the School of Business Administration offers undergraduate students a selection of nine majors, including: accounting, business economics, finance, international business, entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, management information systems, and operations & supply management. The School offers eleven minors, including accounting, business economics, finance, international business, entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, decision sciences, management information systems, operations & supply management, and business intelligence. The SBA’s entrepreneurship program has been recognized as one of the top ten in the nation by both Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.

The School of Business Administration also offers graduate classes, with the opportunity to achieve a Master’s in Business Administration. Since 2007, the MBA program has been listed yearly in The Best 300 Business Schools, published by Random House and The Princeton Review. In the fall of 2011, the first major revision of the MBA curriculum was made in response to changing student and employer needs.

Other key events

The first business-related student organization was formed: The Commercial Club.
First collegiate business school graduates at the University of Dayton receive their degree.
Name changed from Department of Commerce and Finance to Department of Business, Economics, and Public Finance
The SBA increases graduation requirements, requiring 134-136 credit hours, and a grade of at least “C” in the business policies and management course.
The first year the SBA employs a dean.
The MBA program is established under Dean Hoben.
SBA administrative offices are relocated to the newly-built Miriam Hall.
The SBA applies for AACSB accreditation.
The University of Dayton School is officially accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business for the baccalaureate programs of the School of Business Administration.
The first year of the annual R.I.S.E. (Redefining Investment Strategy Education) Forum.
Flyer Enterprises is established with the merging of the two student-run businesses on campus: Rudy’s Fly Buy and The Blend.
Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, is a keynote speaker at R.I.S.E. V.
The first year that the SBA’s entrepreneurship program is named one of the top fifteen undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation.
The Flyer FOREX Fund is founded as the only student-run algorithmic currency fund in the United States.
The School of Business Administration’s MBA program is updated for the first time in fifteen years to meet changing student and employer needs.


17.5 Linear Feet (24 boxes)

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Related Materials

The following collections are located in the University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.

Missing Title

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  2. University video collection

Separated Materials

School of Business Administration materials requiring specialized storage have been separated from the collection and added to University format collections for photographic, audiovisual, and memorabilia materials. These materials retain the classification for the School of Business Administration and may be easily accessed.

Guide to the School of Business Administration records, 1958-2011
In Progress
Sarah Staples
September 2012
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Repository Details

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