The Society for Human Resource Management has endorsed SUNY Oswego's bachelor's degree program in human resource management.
The society is the professional organization for those employed in the human resources field, and its mission includes advancing the profession. In 2006, it launched an education initiative to advise colleges on a model curriculum to prepare students for careers in human resources.
"It's an external validation," said Barry Friedman, an associate professor in Oswego's program. The results of the society's assessment show that "we conform to a model that's well researched and that's deemed to serve HR students best."
The society worked with Oswego's faculty in the human resource major to assess the topics, courses, business context and delivery methods of the program and confirmed that it follows the society's recommended guidelines for human resource education, according to Debra J. Cohen, the organization's chief knowledge officer.
"We have this stamp of approval now," Friedman said.
Oswego's Society for Human Resource Management student chapter also earned the Superior Merit Award for an exceptional job of providing opportunities for growth and development to its members.
There are 450 society-affiliated student chapters nationwide. For the 2008-09 merit award year, 96 chapters received a Superior Merit Award designation, and 24 achieved Merit Award status.
Friedman said this is the fifth consecutive year that Oswego's chapter has received recognition. It's the chapter's second "superior" designation.
A total of 123 student chapters participated in this year's award program. Chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle.
-- Julie Harrison Blissert
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