Durham, N. C. - North Carolina Central University School of Business accreditation was reaffirmed by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) on April 7th, 2013.
AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programs. Today, there are 672 business schools in 50 countries and territories that maintain AACSB Accreditation. Similarly, 178 institutions maintain an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs.
NCCU School of Business Dean D. Keith Pigues expressed immense gratitude for the contributions of faculty, staff, university administration and the School of Business’ Board of Visitors. “This accreditation is the result of a committed effort and collaborative process for the past year and a half,” said Pigues during a reception to celebrate the accreditation reaffirmation on Thursday, March 28. “It is proof that the NCCU School of Business is an elite business school.”
The School of Business originally received accreditation in 2006. Under the direction of Dean Pigues, the mission, vision and direction of the School of Business has been repositioned to meet the needs of ever-changing industries and student populations.
Included in the strategic repositioning efforts was the introduction of a Dean’s Global Series which featured some of industry’s leading experts in topics ranging from marketing to public relations to healthcare. Bringing application to the School of Business adage, “Real Learning for the Real World”--workshops, seminars and discussion groups were developed to establish real world opportunities for complete student exposure. A directed approach that focuses on a 50/50 learning model, incorporating state of the art academic preparation and experiential learning was initiated along with a student success model that includes focuses on technology, leadership, globalization, integrated management, and entrepreneurship. The School of Business has also been recognized for its community outreach, which has been extended to high school students through the Summer Youth Business and Entrepreneurship Academy. Participants attend lectures taught by host NCCU professors and local business leaders, attend corporate visits to gain exposure to the application of business principles in the real world and facilitate business plan development and team competitions with participants to derive a business plan for a new idea. Lastly, The Venture Challenge was designed and introduced to School of Business students last year to encourage entrepreneurial and consultative enterprises. Students develop both the plan and implementation of strategic insights for new business ventures from submissions made by their peers.
“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB Accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty, and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”
Dr. Bernice Johnson, associate provost, relayed congratulatory remarks to the entire School of Business staff and faculty, particularly the recently appointed Dean D. Keith Pigues for his leadership and active participation in all phases of the process in accomplishing the goal of AACSB accreditation.
To learn more about North Carolina Central University visit www.nccu.edu/business. Or to learn more about AACSB International accreditation, visit the accreditation section of the AACSB International Web site at: http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/
Statement from the School of Business
July 1, 2014
Effective, July 1, 2014, the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Business voluntarily withdrew from membership in the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This decision was made with the full approval and support of the Interim Dean, Dr. Wanda F. Lester, the business school faculty and staff, the Chancellor, the Provost, and the Director of University Accreditation.
For the past seven years, the NCCU School of Business has maintained two specialized accreditations:
AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
ACBSP – Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
The recognitions, benefits and opportunities afforded by membership in two specialized accrediting agencies have been numerous and fruitful, however after many discussions and careful consideration of several key factors, it was determined that the long-term interests of the School of Business would be best served by focusing all resources on one specialized accreditation.
North Carolina Central University’s long affiliation with ACBSP has provided many beneficial opportunities and resources for our faculty, students, staff and all key stakeholders since 1994. We are extremely grateful for their continued support over the years.
The university, including the School of Business, is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), “the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.”
The School of Business affirms its commitment to student success. The quality of program and services will in no way be affected by the decision to depart from this accrediting body.
The AACSB International accreditation is the seal of excellence for the School of Business and this continued association will guarantee students the ability to remain progressive, competitive and successful.
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