Gina DeFano

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Li, Lan

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Adminstration


The title of my project is Problems and Variations in Hospitality Administration Programs Across Illinois. The purpose of this study is to determine the strengths and weaknesses of Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) Hospitality Administration program in comparison to the other hospitality programs in Illinois. The goal of this study is to find out what is missing from our program. What do stronger programs have that we don’t? Why is our enrollment not as high as we would like it to be? Are other programs offering more beneficial courses? To answer these questions, I researched the 40 hospitality programs in Illinois. This project includes the differences in college affiliation and program concentration between two and four year schools and private and public universities in Illinois. Next, the paper gives an overview of NIU’s program requirements and course offerings. In addition, it takes a more detailed look at NIU’s biggest competitors in the state and includes recommendations to make the program stronger for the future. If NIU is able to grow and adapt new practices in the classroom, the Hospitality Administration program will become more competitive in terms of enrollment and aid in the success of the students beyond graduation.


Includes bibliographical references.


57 pages




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