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Lutgert College of Business in the News

This is a summary of a presentation made by Dr. Shelton Weeks at a meeting of the Real Estate Investment Society on January 11, 2011.

The Real Estate Investment Society serves the real estate investment profession in Southwest Florida. Dr. Shelton Weeks is the Lucas Professor of Real Estate on the LCOB faculty and has served on the REIS Board of Governors.

Dr. Weeks made a presentation at the REIS January luncheon meeting. He began by telling the group that the development of real estate programs had been in the works since FGCU was founded and that Dean Pegnetter had laid the groundwork for this to happen.

He gave an overview of the College, then discussed the Real Estate minor currently offered, and the plans to develop a Real Estate major for the fall of 2012, including some of the potential courses that could be included in the major. He outlined the process for collecting input from the business community (including an online survey) and asked the membership to participate.

He explained that research of this subject, begun in 2002 with Dr. Howard Finch and later published, looked at real estate programs at AACSB accredited institutions and examined the structure of their programs. This research, and input from local stakeholders, will shape the program.

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