From a press release this week down at UAB:
"On July 21, 2009, the Undergraduate Human Resource Management (HR) Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham was recognized as a program that is in alignment with the Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) curriculum guidelines. SHRM is the nation’s premier professional organization for human resource management. This recognition is a result of a strong curriculum, faculty coverage of the appropriate body of knowledge for the profession, and the support of university administrators who are attuned to changes in the business environment.
According to Professor Jack Howard, “This is a reflection that the HR Program in the School of Business is a high quality program that prepares its graduates for success in the profession. While this is a statement of the quality of the program in the School of Business, it also communicates to businesses and organizations that they can hire our graduates with confidence that they are equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to contribute to their organizations from the day that they begin their employment, whether as an intern or a permanent employee”.
What's it mean? In simpler terms related to the connection with SHRM, Howard indicated in an email exchange that the recognition means the material in the undergrad is consistent with the material presented in the PHR exam, as well as what HR professionals are expected to perform once they enter the profession.