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Integrated Supply Management Education at Haworth College of Business

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Founded in 1903, Western Michigan University is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of 25,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its growing graduate division and fostering significant research activities.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching places WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activity. U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of American colleges and universities includes WMU as one of the nation’s top-100 public universities.

The Haworth College of Business, one of the largest schools of business in the United States, is the academic home to nearly 4, 000 undergraduate students majoring in 15 specialized areas of business. An additional 500 graduate students study business administration (MBA) and accountancy (MSA). The College is housed in Schneider Hall on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo. The facility, named for founding dean Dr. Arnold Schneider, is adjacent to the John E. Fetzer Center, forming a unique and outstanding business education complex. Haworth College of Business ranks among the top 10 percent as one of the largest undergraduate business programs in the United States.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Program

  • BBA in Integrated Supply Management (ISM): The ISM program is more than just a curriculum--it is a complete educational experience. Students have a variety of opportunities to develop their professional skills, from participation in professional organizations to special topic courses and workshops. Applying process management concepts in a real-world setting requires students with knowledge and preparation. In the course Improving Supply Systems students work in teams with local companies applying supply chain concepts to real industry problems.


WMU is Michigan’s fourth largest higher education institution, attracting a diverse and culturally rich student body from across the United States and some 90 other countries. Its nearly 900 full-time faculty members have been trained at some of the world’s finest institutions and they bring to the University a global perspective that enhances the learning environment.

  • Campus: WMU’s campuses encompass more than 1,200 acres and 151 buildings, and feature some of the finest facilities in the Midwest. The main campus, located close to downtown Kalamazoo, is able to house nearly 5,500 students.
  • Accreditation: WMU is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA). The Haworth College of Business is among an elite group of fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB International).
  • Extended University Programs: Extended University Programs offers WMU’s quality academic programs close to home through its online and lifelong education units, as well as six sites around the state. Regional sites focus primarily on graduate and professional education, and are located in Battle Creek, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Muskegon and Traverse City.
  • Graduate Education: WMU offers nationally and internationally recognized graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines, from physics and speech pathology and audiology to creative writing and medieval studies. More than 5,000 graduate students study and conduct research at the University. They are welcomed into faculty labs and studios, and participate in groundbreaking work being done in partnership with business, industry and government across Michigan and around the world.
  • International Education: WMU offers students study abroad programs in some two dozen countries, and access to foreign study opportunities in almost every country in the world through linkages with other universities and organizations.
  • Student Affairs: The student affairs division engages students in learning and personal development. All of the division’s programs and services are specifically designed to support the academic mission of the University; create and sustain optimal learning environments both in and outside of the classroom; and provide appropriate challenge and support for students. A vital component of WMU, student affairs helps to guide development of students into responsible citizens and future leaders.
  • Arts and Culture: Each year, WMU offers scores of cultural events as well as more than 1,200 plays, concerts and exhibitions that feature the work of student, faculty and guest artists. In addition, the campus is home to Miller Auditorium, the third largest theatre in Michigan. Miller features Broadway hits, comedy shows, and internationally acclaimed performances of ballet, opera, music and dance.
  • Rankings & Honors: In its annual ranking of the nation’s 4,000 colleges and universities, US News & World Report consistently lists WMU as one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. Of the nation’s 1,700 public colleges and universities, WMU is one of only 100 to be granted its own chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.
  • Lee Honors College: WMU’s Lee Honors College, one of the nation’s first honors colleges, serves as the scholarly home to nearly 1,000 academically talented students. It has graduated winners of the most prestigious academic awards, including Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Fulbright and Gates Cambridge scholarships.
  • Medallion Scholarship Program: The University’s Medallion Scholarship program is one of the largest merit-based programs in the nation. Each spring, some 600 to 800 of the nation’s top high school seniors travel to WMU’s campus to compete for one of its ,000 awards.