The College of Business Earns Reaccreditation
Published date: March 17, 2017
The Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University has been awarded reaffirmation of accreditation by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), International. Following an in-depth review of the College’s programs and personnel, AACSB granted a five year extension of reaccreditation to the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business for demonstrating continuous improvement and for its exemplary work in engagement, innovation and societal impact.
AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than 5% of all business schools in the world. Dr. Emmanuel Omojokun (Dean of the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business) praised the College’s students, alumni, faculty, and staff for all of their hard work. Said Omojokun who has been in the College for nearly thirty years, “This reaffirmation could not have been possible without tremendous work by a lot of people including faculty, staff, students, alumni advisory board and industry advisory council. It was teamwork and it began with a commitment by President Makola Abdullah. AACSB accreditation is not easy but President Abdullah supported the College every step of the way.” The accrediting body also praised the College for “the strong leadership of Dean Omojokun as an effective and respected leader who is transforming the College.”
Dr. Makola Abdullah (President of Virginia State University) added, “I commend the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business on being granted a five year reaffirmation of accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Virginia State University is proud of our College of Business and all of their accomplishments. Every week I am provided a list of student accomplishments in the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business so I know what terrific work is being done there. It is rewarding to know that AACSB when provided the opportunity to see what I get to see affirmed the College’s excellent work.” Accreditation signals to alumni, students, prospective students, faculty and staff, and our friends in industry and government that Virginia State University is a place where a young person can go to achieve their dreams. At VSU, we are proudly committed to: providing a transformative experience for our students, strategically investing in our academic programs, embracing our position as a top Land Grant University, embracing our role as Virginia’s Opportunity University, and partnering together as a University to tell our story.”
Dr. Donald Palm (Provost at Virginia State University) said, “We are fortunate to have a terrific team in the College of Business. Our faculty put in a lot of hard work to ensure that they retained accreditation. It should be noted that AACSB accreditation is a faculty driven process. Despite their many responsibilities, the College’s faculty gave of themselves to make this happen.”
AACSB was particularly impressed with what the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business characterizes as providing students premium access to industry. Acknowledged for being a leader in providing internships, shadowing, networking, and several other opportunities; the College’s students weighed in on what reaffirmation of accreditation means for them. Said Korie Collins (Senior Accounting Major), “Resources are readily available to include employers considering students for career opportunities”. Jhadee Gordon added, “It is a high standard and for AACSB to recognize our student accomplishments and what Jonathan Young in his capacity as Director of Corporate Relations is doing is meaningful” and Aiyana Glover (Marketing major) shared “I am setting myself apart from other students as the opportunities that I have been provided are superior and some of these opportunities are once in a life time occasions.”
AACSB also noted faculty research, a top-notch advising center, contributions in the community, and a commitment to continuous improvement. The mantra for AACSB, Dr. Omojokun said, “We are always improving and looking for ways to get better.”
The Reginald F. Lewis College of Business is comprised of 600 undergraduate students at Virginia State University earning degrees in Accounting, Management, Marketing and Management Information Systems. The College’s namesake and most famous alum hailed from East Baltimore; Reginald F. Lewis was one the most successful businessmen in the 1980s. Lewis purchased Beatrice Foods, an international food supplier and turned the company into a $1.5 billion dollar organization. This success led him to become the first African American billionaire in the United States.
As the longest serving global association dedicated to advancing management education worldwide, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredits 780 of the world’s best business schools across 53 countries and territories.