Hospitality and tourism is the world's largest industry. Over 10 million workers, or one in 12, are employed by the industry in the United States. Women and minority workers contribute heavily to the employment base. Hospitality/tourism employs more workers than the agriculture sector and the automotive, electronic, steel and textiles industries combined. The employment outlook is exceptional for graduates of hospitality/tourism programs; the need for people with skills to administer/manage all aspects of the industry continues.
The R.O.A.D. Map (Real Opportunities to Attain Degree) was designed to assist students throughout their educational career to ensure they are on a path to success.
Why Hospitality at SFA?
SFA is nestled among the piney woods of East Texas in Nacogdoches, the oldest city in Texas. The university is student-oriented and offers excellence in both academic and student-life programs in a residential setting. SFA is a comprehensive, state-supported regional university. SFA takes great pride in being able to provide small classes and an opportunity for individual attention.
The hospitality administration program at SFA is poised to attract students, to enhance university visibility, and to prepare students to compete in the 21st century. Specific objectives of the Hospitality Administration major are to:
- prepare individuals for entry-level employment in the vast hospitality industry
- deliver an academic program that attracts non-traditional, male and minority students as well as traditional students seeking an education at SFA
- meet needs of students desiring an academic area that prepares for multiple types of employment, flexible scheduling and mobility, and to
- provide industry with well-prepared, qualified personnel.
Long Range Goals 2014-2015
- Facility Enhancement/Program Development
- a. Enhance Education Annex (EDAN) facilities to meet student instructional needs related to hospitality
- Seek American Culinary Federation accreditation
- Seek ACPHA accreditation
- Add 50% more majors in 5 years
- Hire an industry/intern coordinator
- Track new alumni employment
- Curriculum Program Review
- Align PLOs with AAFCS accreditation standards
- Develop 7 new articulation agreements in 5 years
- Develop a culinary certificate program