MBA Research
With a focus on high school and post-secondary educators and administrators
Not-for-profit, research-based support for all Business Administration educators: entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing.


Special Project: Course guides and professional development for Maryland educators

In 2017, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) identified a growing need to prepare students for careers in business and finance as a means to support state economic development priorities. Soon after, MSDE invited nonprofit organizations, workforce intermediaries, professional associations, colleges, and universities to submit proposals to become a CTE Program Affiliate for the state’s Business, Management, and Finance (BMF) programs of study.

MBA Research was chosen as Maryland’s BMF Program Affiliate in Spring 2018, and immediately thereafter began work on industry-relevant curricula and instructional tools for Maryland’s teachers and students, along with professional development offerings and statewide communication efforts.

In this role, MBA Research has developed three Maryland-specific course guides: Principles of Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Principles of Accounting and Finance, and Introduction to Marketing. Each of the three courses is based on the National Standards for Business Administration and contains a variety of resources for instructors. While some of these resources, such as pacing guides, student activities, and recommended textbooks and online sources, can be found in all MBA Research course guides, other resources are unique to the Maryland course guides. Materials that have been developed expressly for Maryland include unit projects and multiple-choice exams, student lessons/readings, discussion guides, and PowerPoint presentations.

MBA Research has also assisted MSDE in developing and delivering professional development for Maryland BMF teachers. The multi-day summer conference and the fall conference that MBA Research provided have facilitated implementation of the new course guides, as well as offered opportunities for teachers to take A*S*K certification exams and attend presentations by local business professionals.