Providence College Set to Open New Business School

Providence College, a NEC member, is set to open a new business school building this coming January.

The new four-story building that will house the Providence College School of Business (PCSB) is designed to foster a more collaborative teaching environment. Instead of traditional lecture halls, classrooms will have no designated front for the professor to stand, but rather will have flexible seating and break out rooms to encourage group work and discussion.

The college has been trying to expand into data-intensive learning, which is why the new building will have two computer labs that will be able to facilitate big-data classes.

“It’s not a command and control style of work anymore, the way it was say in the ’50s or the ’60s. Whenever you go into a professional setting, you have to work with a team, you have to get things done through other people,” Sylvia Maxfield, dean of PCSB said. “The building is designed to house these two extremes: quantitative, data-driven work and interactive team-driven work, which are sort of the pillars of business education these days.”

The New England Council looks forward to Providence College’s new business school and all the advances it will bring.

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