The new Foresight in Business and Society course now required of all business students beginning with the Class of 2011 has taken a turn for the better since its inception last fall, students and faculty say.Mendoza College of Business Dean Carolyn Woo said the course, which encourages students to examine and evaluate major issues and trends facing society in the future, was generally not well received at first. “The fall semester feedback was not positive,” Woo said. “I would say 75 percent of students had difficulty with the course.”Woo said starting in November, Mendoza faculty took feedback from students and began redesigning the course. One big change was the addition of more sections to reduce class sizes.“I would say more students are in favor of the class than in last semester,” Woo said. “We have made improvements and are seeing higher satisfaction.”Woo said feedback is always part of the improvement process. “Innovation seldom succeeds at the first try,” she said. “In the innovation experience, it is very important to take feedback.”Woo said Mendoza faculty tend to share her sentiment about the course’s improvement. “They feel that this semester is going a lot better than last semester,” she said. Many students shared Woo’s positive outlook on the course’s improvement as well. “The course has been changed for the better since its inception last year,” said junior Henry Shine, who took the course first semester and is now a teaching assistant. “The course is adapting to fit both students’ wishes and the demands of 21st century businesspersons in a climate where today’s decisions are influencing life in tomorrow’s world.”Junior Richard Roggeveen, who began the spring class “as a skeptic,” said although he had never heard anything positive about the course from fellow students, he was pleased with the course and the material it presented. “As the professors respond to continual student feedback and continue to change course design, I believe that the course does have a place in the business school, at the very least to educate us students on larger problems and issues in the world and how business can act to help relieve them,” he said. The course, conceived three years ago, is the brainchild of Woo and professor of accountancy Thomas Frecka. “For about 30 years I have been concerned that we don’t train our students to look ahead,” said Woo, who began teaching in the business school in 1976. The course was then piloted over the course of three semesters and was offered to self-selected classes of about 10 students. Implementation from pilot to requirement was not easy, but it was necessary, Woo said.“The types of skills acquired in the class are necessary,” she said. “We also didn’t want to create two tiers of students [within the business school] … those who have taken the course and those who clearly haven’t.”Woo said the course, which is concluded with a large-group research project comprising 40 percent of the student’s grade, aims to achieve four important goals. “It helps students understand future trends and then understand the implications of trends among social, political and economic factions,” she said. “[It also teaches students] the methodology people use for generating future trends and assess in greater depth the issues related to these trends.”The course, Woo said, is distinct to Notre Dame. “The course is very unique because it is not offered at other schools,” Woo said. “This is one of the boldest things we’ve ever done.”Woo said the business faculty will continue to take feedback and retool the course this summer.
Advertisement Arsenal and Manchester United have both registered an interest in Armando Izzo (Picture: Getty)Armando Izzo has insisted he’s ‘happy’ at Torino amid interest from Premier League clubs Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton.The 27-year-old centre-back had an impressive opening season with Torino after joining from Genoa, making 37 appearances as Walter Mazzarri’s side finished seventh in Serie A.Recent rumours claimed that Izzo’s representative, Paolo Palermo, was in London to meet Arsenal about a possible deal, with Everton and United also believed to be keen on the Italy international.Unai Emery, who has around £40million to spend on new recruits this summer, has reportedly identified Izzo as a top target as he looks to bolster his options in central defence.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, Izzo has ruled out a move to the Premier League while stressing that he remains fully committed to Torino for the time being.Asked about rumours linking him with Arsenal, United and Everton, Izzo told Gazzetta dello Sport: ‘For now I’m happy. Everyone likes to be courted.‘I have four years left on my contract at Torino, and I want to show my worth: I don’t like just being called a good player. I’m worth more.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Jun 2019 3:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link977Shares Izzo made his Italy debut earlier this year (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘Among Italian defenders, other than [Giorgio] Chiellini, I don’t see others stronger or more determined than I am.‘I’m honoured to wear Torino’s shirt and I will spill blood until the last day I wear it.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesIzzo has set his sights representing Italy at Euro 2020 after making his international debut in a 6-0 thumping of Liechtenstein in March.‘It’s my one big objective: I’d like to be a leading light in it after having had another great season,’ he said.‘The European Championship would be the culmination of a dream.’MORE: Manchester United reject Paris Saint-Germain’s offer to swap Neymar for Paul Pogba Comment Advertisement Armando Izzo responds to Arsenal and Manchester United transfer speculation