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Institute for Professional Excellence

The Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx) is an integral part of Davenport University’s Vision 2015. The University, through the Institute, is committed to the vision of providing customized training to help both the for profit and not-for-profit community prepare and adapt to the business challenges facing organizations today. The Institute for Professional Excellence was developed to specialize in providing individual and corporate training, professional development and certification programs that emphasize the practical skills facing tomorrow’s economic challenges.

Responding to the state growth forecast for new employment opportunities in the insurance sector and in concert with key insurance companies and Olivet College, the only other provider of undergraduate insurance education in the state, Davenport is working to establish an insurance specialty within the Bachelor of Business Administration BBA program. Students will gain skills in business fundamentals and insurance specific management discipline in a learning environment that combines best practice resources with real world management application. Graduates of the program will be in high demand for expanded career opportunities with a number of Michigan based insurance companies and agencies.

Davenport University has productive collaborations already established with Insurance associations and firms, and a track record of university course credit articulation programs demonstrated through work with Foremost/Farmers Insurance in Caledonia, Michigan. Building upon previous work and delivery of professional and executive development through the Institute for Professional Excellence, IPEx, the University now seeks to incorporate insurance specific content, case studies and curriculum, embedding a degree program track that enables students to envision and prepare for careers in insurance organizations.

In consultation with Olivet College, the Michigan Association of Insurance Agencies and the Mi Future Foundation, a joint need to expand education and degree attainment options was identified. Davenport University was asked to extend and expand professional development and degree programs leading to a significant increase in students pursuing careers in the insurance industry.

Recognizing that the key attribute of successful new program launch is a faculty champion, Davenport seeks a high profile insurance industry practitioner to take on the role of Adjunct Insurance Scholar. The Scholar will teach one course per term over an academic year, and will work to forge ongoing relationships and career mentoring opportunities between students and a range of insurance organizations.

Learn more about the The Institute for Professional Excellence.