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School of Business Maintains Prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation
Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The North Carolina Central University School of Business has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

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/.

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