School of Business Administration

School of Business Administration

August 27, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


(energetic music) – The Business Association
is an organization whose goal is to bring
students and the faculty and the staff and then
the education community around Victoria together
just to create a network of people to interact
and see where we can find common grounds and help
each other in influence in a positive way. I was born and raised in Victoria, Texas. I went to Victoria Memorial High School. And I always looked forward to going to the University of Houston Victoria because my mother went here in 1995. And getting to see her get her degree was a highlight for me. (energetic music) – A lot of my students
actually are working right now. The majority of them
are working and I guess most of them are working full time. And the way the online courses helps them is by providing them
the convenience of time and location to learn in
their homes after work and don’t waste time commuting
from work to school to home. Last summer I received the
junior faculty summer session grant, which is awarded to junior faculty based on a proposal. It gives me more time to analyze the data and to write up the paper and publish it. We received accreditation
from AACSB in April. The ACSB accreditation is the highest level of
standards for business education. And it’s only given to a very small portion of
business schools worldwide. And it helps the students
choose the schools that have the highest
quality of education. (angelic music) (audience applauding) – Well, good evening. It is my honor to represent
the business school tonight. We have a lot to celebrate
in the business school for the last academic year. The one thing that I
want to highlight first in terms of accomplishments is our AACSB accreditation. AACSB I the benchmark for
quality in business schools. It’s known worldwide for really putting a stamp of approval on
the best business schools in the world. Currently only 5% of business schools have that accreditation. And so we were really
excited to be re accredited this past academic year. Along with this accreditation our peer review team, who came and visited, they reviewed a lot of internal documents. They met with our students, with our faculty, with
community stakeholders. And through that review process they also found several accommodations
for us that they consider best practices. I believe those were shared
with President Morgan and Dr. Cass. And we’re very proud of the
things that they said about us. I think they reflect truly who we are. And those are the kind of best practices that they will share with
other business schools to help other business schools approve. So, we’re really proud
of that accomplishment. A second accomplishment
that I’d like to highlight are some statistics. Last year our BBA enrollment surpasses 1100 for the first time. So we’re super excited
about the enrollment of our BBA program. Additionally our online
BBA program received a ranking of number one out of 50 for value colleges for the online program. (audience applauding) Our online accounting program
also received a ranking for 15 out of 100 from
accountingdegrees.net. So we are very excited
about the BBA rankings. In terms of our graduate programs, the Houston Business Journal
honored our business program by recognizing that we were
the largest MBA program in the Houston area. Our MBA program have also
been recognized by the Princeton Business Review
as a best business school. We also received a ranking of 17 for our online offerings in business. So, we’re really happy to see our, both our BBA programs
and our graduate programs receive some recognition
from these outside agencies. Now, a program that I
haven’t talked about yet, but that I also want to highlight is the master of science and economic development
and entrepreneurship. Now this is a program that
is extremely specialized. In this program we marry economic development
with entrepreneurship. And if you think about it it’s a logical kind of combination. And as part of this program
the students in this completely online program they’re required to complete a project. And this project is something
that they have to create as part of the program that’s gonna have a significant impact on
their local communities. But here’s the cool part, local community for an online program is kind of widespread. It’s a local community in this region. Its a local community in this state. It’s a local community in this country. It’s a local community in another country. For example, one of our recent
graduates from fall 2014 her name is Jazmine Ajani
created an organization through her MSED program called the Junior Entrepreneurship Program in Karachi Pakistan. As a part of this foundation she developed 111 women in Pakistan from low to middle income families have received training on how to create a viable business plan. They have received training
on how to secure investments to not only develop their businesses, but help sustain their businesses. And these are the kind of accomplishments that we really value
in the business school, the kind of accomplishments
that not only significantly impact us as a business
school and represent us in what we’re trying to do, but significantly impact
pieces of the world that some of us may never see. And that’s something that
we’re truly proud of Jazmine for what she’s done. In terms of some graduate programs we’re also increasing our concentrations. We want our concentrations
to be marketable, to be competitive. And so we’ve recently
added a concentration in human resources management at both the undergraduate and graduate level. And we’ll continue to do
that to help attract students and meet market demands. So far I’ve kind of focused
on kind of macro things, and so I do wanna highlight a couple of individual faculty members for some of their accomplishments. We have two faculty who have received a Bloomberg Business Week teaching award. That would be Dr. Xavier Garza Gomez and Dr. Roo Pacminor. A faculty member has received a Bloomberg Business Week Research Award, and that is Dr. Barjinder Singh. We’ve also honored our individual faculty for partnership professorships. And this is for their
significant contributions in teaching research and service. And those faculty are Dr. Ziad Swaidan, Dr. Jeffry Wong, and Dr. Watana Kalakaar. So we’re extremely proud of our faculty from their individual achievements. We want you to know that the faculty in the business school are
really doing incredible research that’s impacting their field. That impacts their education
that they’re delivering in their classroom, which also impacts the
recognition that UHV receives. And so we’re really proud of that. The last thing that I want to close with is that we are truly emphasizing in the business school
community engagement. Through this we have students
like Catherine Newell. Catherine, who you saw in
the video is our president for our Business Student Association. We’re working with students like Catherine to help her engage more
in the business community, to engage more with faculty. We’re bringing in recruiter to our events. We want to encourage any
of you who want to recruit our graduates to come to
our event to contact us. We have the Singer’s Lecture
Series that we recently brought to Victoria as well. We’ll be bringing more
of those to Victoria. So we want to see more and
more partnerships with you, the Victoria community. And we encourage you to reach out to us if you see any opportunities. You can contact me directly. Feel free to talk to be tonight. Send me an email. I’m more than happy to talk to
you about how we can partner, how we can create
internships, mentorships, and other opportunities for our students and for us to interact together. And thank you for your support
and for being here tonight. (audience applauding)