For alumni, students and faculty with a human resource management concentration, the value of the ISU brand has achieved a new level of distinction. ISU was recently recognized as one of just 37 traditional undergraduate programs across the world to meet the demanding curriculum and educational standards set forth by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, SHRM is the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management.

“Certification by SHRM is a significant accomplishment for our HR program and for the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods,” said Professor and MQM Chairperson, Jim Jawahar. “Being among a select group of schools recognized for effectively covering the HR body of knowledge reinforces the value of our program in a powerful way. “

Jawahar credits the achievement to the dedication of the HR faculty members, former MQM Chair John Lust, and particularly, to the efforts of Dr. Joseph Goodman, Assistant Professor of Management, for leading this important initiative.

In 2006 SHRM’s Academic Initiative was created to clarify and define HR education standards within university business schools. The standards serve as a means to assist program development and more importantly, to clarify an agreed upon set of general competencies HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels should master.

For more information about Illinois State University’s human resource management program, contact
Professor Jim Jawahar, Chair of the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods or visit the department’s website at

A current list of schools recognized by SHRM can be viewed at

One thought on “COB HR Program Meets World Standard for Society of HR Management

  1. Justin Wiegand says:

    Seeing Prof. Goodman’s name with this does not surprise one bit. Great work everyone!