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Pierce College Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Business Management (BAS-ABM)

Program Outcomes

A. 21st Century Competencies: Mastery on the four Cs*

  1. Communication: Effectively communicate within groups, across organizational levels, and with diverse stakeholders. Actively listen and apply appropriate inter- and intrapersonal skills to effectively interact across perspectives and contexts.
  2. Collaboration and Teamwork: Work responsibly, respectfully, and inclusively within and across diverse groups/teams to achieve common goals.
  3. Critical Thinking: Use systems theory to understand and analyze trends and organizational problems as well as to construct and evaluate evidence-based solution options.
  4. Creativity and Innovation: Maintain an open, adaptive, and innovative mindset to analyze and evaluate merits of ideas, learn from mistakes, and continuously create value.

B. Core Business Competencies: Economics, operations, marketing, accounting/finance, ethics/legal

  1. Strategic Thinking: Use quantitative and qualitative business principles to analyze and solve business problems in order to meet organizational goals.
  2. Legal and Ethical Practice: Use ethical and legal practices in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizational processes and products.
  3. Digital and Information Competency: Use relevant technology and analytical tools to understand and solve problems; create and evaluate ideas; and find and assess quality information for responsible applications.

C. Business Model Orientation: Sustainability, entrepreneurship

  1. Sustainable Business Model: Use systems theory, business principles, and an adaptive mindset to analyze and make short- and long-term business decisions in context of the greater environment and society.

D. Self-Management and Professional Development: General management, professionalism

  1. Apply effective time management, delegation, and organization principles to meet personal and organizational goals.
  2. Apply inclusive problem-solving, decision-making, and negotiation practices to promote professional and organizational success in diverse settings.
  3. Apply high professionalism standards to demonstrate integrity, responsibility, and continuous growth.


*The Four Cs described in this BAS-ABM program proposal are adapted from the Four C’s as discussed in the Partnership of 21st Century Skills – a coalition of business, education, and policy leaders with the aim to prepare students with essential skills for success across content areas and disciplines in and out of the classroom.