Saint Mary's School of Economics and Business Administration is proud to announce the that academic paper "Does Adding Intermediate Algebra as a Prerequisite for Economics Principle Course Improve Student Success?" written by SEBA professors Dr. Steven J. Balassi, Bill Lee and Richard Courtney, has been accepted into the Asian Forum on Business Education Journal for publication in June 2012. The paper, which addresses the importance of mathematical ability in relation to economic success, was constructed in reply to the recent addition of intermediate algebra as a prerequisite for principles of micro/macroeconomics.

"[Bill, Richard and myself] wanted to find out if adding [intermediate algebra] helped students succeed [in their economics classes]," says Balassi, an adjunct professor of Economics for the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary’s. He believes the introduction of a mathematics prerequisite to the Economics program will have a positive benefit on the SEBA program. "Based on results of this study, implementation of an intermediate algebra prerequisite appears to have considerable merit both for students and institutions."

The Asian Forum on Business Education Journal, which is featured in Cabell's Business Directories, encourages and supports interaction between international business education and international business practice in order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of both. The journal, focusing on the Asian region, reviews and analyzes developing business trends in order to meet the changing requirements of countries within the region to promote educated and competent human resources.

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