Teaching Strategy

Our Modern Teaching Approach - Experiential Learning Promotion under AACSB Mission from 2017

The theoretical model of experiential learning is grounded in the humanistic and constructionist perspective, proposing that we are naturally capable to learn, and that experience plays a critical role in knowledge construction and acquisition. In other words, learning occurs when someone creates knowledge through experiential transformations (Kolb, 1984).

According to Kolb’s model of experiential learning, effective learning occurs in four stages: 

  1. Concrete experience: The learner encounters a new experience or engages in a reinterpretation process of an existing
  2. Reflective observation: The learner reviews and reflects on the new experience and identifies any inconsistencies between experience and understanding. 
  3. Abstract conceptualization: Through the reflective process, the learner creates a new idea/concept or modifies an existing abstract concept – analyzing the concepts and forming conclusions and generalizations. 
  4. Active experimentation: The learner plans and tries out what was learned and is able to apply the new knowledge to other situations – conclusions and generalizations are used to tests hypothesis and thus the learner engages in new experiences. 

It is possible for the learner to enter at any of these four stages and follow them through their sequence to acquire new knowledge. For effective learning to occur, the learner should complete all four stages of the model and no one stage can stand alone as a learning procedure (Kolb, 1984).

Our accounting program enables students to sit for professional examinations such as:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA),
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)


When you choose TSU College of Business, you benefit from our small class sizes and the practical experience of our notable faculty. All full-time permanent faculty in the College of Business hold doctoral degrees and follow our guiding principles and core values:

  • Accountability
  • Diversity
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Community Engagement
  • Ethical Conduct
  • Global Perspective
  • Scholarship
  • Teamwork and Collegiality
  • Mutual Respect