Washington State University

Public UNIVERSITY IN THE West
Todd Hall 321, PO Box 644736
Pullman, WA 99164

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NANCY SWANGER

PROGRAM CONTACT

509-335-2443

swanger@wsu.edu

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Solving real problems in real communities for real residents, and those who serve them, in real time. The Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living (GCISL) is housed in the School of Hospitality Business Management (SHBM) in the Carson College of Business at Washington State University. Educating the next generation of seniors housing leaders, conducting relevant data-driven research, and collaborating with industry partners, trade associations, and vendors to better serve an aging population, the GCISL was the first program of its kind. Due to its social and care model, senior living is a natural extension of the hospitality industry with many parallels and transferable skills. Founding industry partners placed high value on the program being in a business school. Students take all the core business requirements (accounting, finance, information systems, management, marketing, decision sciences), several hospitality requirements, three courses specific to senior living, and choices in the general university core to round out knowledge relevant to aging. Experiential learning and required industry experience prepare students for positions in community operations. An online, on demand, seven-module, non-credit professional development certificate program is also available: https://business.wsu.edu/departments/hospitality/institute-for-senior-living/certificate-program/. Most modules were developed by industry experts and the content aligns with the Argentum CDAL credentialing exam.

POGRAM TYPE

ACCREDITATION

AACSB

TOTAL STUDENTS

12

STUDENT-TO-FACULTY RATIO

25 to 1

Percentage of Graduates in Leadership Positions

100%

INTERNSHIP

1000 hours for major / 400 hours for minor, Paid, monitored by SHBM staff

Partnerships

Donors funded the naming gift for the GCISL, On-going development activities (scholarships, professorships, experiential learning activities, pilot study grants, naming opportunities) Steering Committee (25 members) – industry partners, trade associations, vendors, Faculty Fellows/Affiliate Faculty (20+ members). The University also has an affiliation with the National Investment Center Future Leaders Academic Outreach Committee which focuses on finance and real estate development in senior living programs.