The Positive Impact Rating Comes to Catawba College

Catawba College launched the Positive Impact Rating tool last week, giving their students the chance to evaluate Catawba on how it is solving societal and sustainable challenges.

The Positive Impact Rating (PIR) is a rating by students, for students, that can contribute as a lever of change for transformation in business schools. The results may be used as a tool to drive student-led sustainable development in cooperation with schools.

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) student organization in Catawba’s Ketner School of Business distributed the survey through email and social media. Students take responsibility for assessing the positive impact of their own schools, providing a unique opportunity for the student voice to be heard.

“As a student in the Ketner School of Business, I am excited to be part of a community where student voices and choices are driving positive change in our business school,” said Robert Anthony Johnson, Catawba’s FBLA secretary. “With a passion for innovation and improvement, I’m eager to collaborate with fellow students to make a meaningful impact. Together, we’re pushing boundaries, initiating projects, and fostering an environment that prioritizes inclusivity and forward thinking. By championing new ideas and approaches, we’re actively shaping the future of business education. As we continue to strive for excellence, I’m confident our collective efforts will leave a lasting legacy and innovation.”

The rating survey asks students 20 questions in seven relevant impact dimensions that sit within three areas: energizing, educating, and engaging. Business schools are then provided with a defined social impact and a tool they can use for change.

“On behalf of all students in our school, we are thrilled to mobilize student voices and academic choices to foster positive change together,” added Dr. Imran Chowdhury, Dean of the Ketner School of Business. “FBLA plays a pivotal role in this endeavor, serving as a platform where students can cultivate their leadership skills, engage in entrepreneurial activities, and contribute to the community. Through the involvement of FBLA, our business school is experiencing a significant positive impact, as students are empowered to initiate innovative projects, participate in competitions, and collaborate on initiatives that enhance the learning environment. Together, we are shaping a future where business education transcends traditional boundaries, paving the way for a more dynamic and inclusive learning experience.”

The overall PIR score of the business school is used to position the school on one of five levels. The different levels refer to the developmental stage of the business school, rating it by a certain level of achievement.The results of the 2024 edition of the Positive Impact Rating will be launched at an international event in the Spring of 2024.

You can learn more about the PIR on its website.

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