SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
The Eccles School is synonymous with “doing.“ The Eccles experience provides a world-class business education with a unique, entrepreneurial focus on real-world scenarios where students put what they learn into practice long before graduation. Founded in 1917 and educating more than 6,000 students annually, the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah offers nine undergraduate majors, four MBAs, eight other graduate programs, a Ph.D. in seven areas, and executive education curricula. The school is also home to 12 institutes, centers, and initiatives that deliver academic research and support an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation.
The School of Business has identified the following funding priorities for the Imagine New Heights campaign:
Annual and endowed scholarships: Creating accessible pathways to higher education through robust scholarship offerings is a top priority at the David Eccles School of Business. We provide our students with an education replete with experiential learning opportunities and honors-level rigor, so they can launch careers that allow them to make a positive impact in their world. Annual and endowed scholarships remain a top priority for the school as we continue to provide support for underrepresented populations and attract the best and brightest students.
Operating support: The faculty at the Eccles School are on the leading edge of business research, transforming how business operates, offering a deeper understanding of the business world, and building students into savvy and empathetic business leaders. Faculty, staff, and students work together in the institutes, centers, and initiatives at the Eccles School, which include:
- Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Quantitative Analysis — This institute provides transformational and interdisciplinary opportunities for students in fields related to economics, including econometrics and game theory.
- Sorenson Impact Center — This center advances the understanding and application of free-enterprise principles to create scalable, sustainable social change. The center generates innovative, data-driven approaches to social and public-health challenges. It partners with the White House Social Innovation Fund to manage the nationwide Pay for Success program.
- Goff Strategic Leadership Center — This center is committed to supporting education and conducting research in strategic leadership. Goff SLC engages with the business community to provide insights useful in practice.
- Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute — This institute offers students transformative experiences, world-class programs, and a one-of-a-kind, LEED-certified facility where students live, create, and launch companies together.
- Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute — This institute provides independent economic, demographic, and public-policy data, research, and analysis to support informed decision-making throughout Utah and beyond.
Operating support is essential to further the reach of these initiatives.
Growing the Eccles School’s endowment: Growing the endowment will allow the school to hire the best faculty, continue to build new programs to ensure that our students are prepared for today’s industry demands, and fund student scholarships.
The Eccles School’s campus footprint also has expanded rapidly, most recently with the August 2018 opening of the Robert H. and Katharine B. Garff Building, providing needed classrooms for our Executive Education and MBA programs. The building is also home to the Business Career Services Center, helping all students achieve their career goals.