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AACSB International Reaffirmation of Accreditation

To: The Nicholls State University Community
From: Stephen T. Hulbert, President

At the Annual Business Administration Honor’s Banquet earlier this week, Dean Ridley Gros announced the decision of the AACSB Maintenance of Accreditation Committee, as ratified by the Association’s International Board of Directors, to reaffirm the accreditation of the College of Business Administration. I am taking this opportunity to share that announcement campus-wide and, at the same time, to offer my congratulations to Dean Gros and the faculty, staff and students who worked so hard to insure this successful outcome.

When the AACSB Peer Review Team visited Nicholls from February 27th to March 2nd of this year they concluded that the business program had achieved high quality and accordingly the Team was recommending reaffirmation of accreditation.

While we believed then that the business program had been evaluated successfully, the action of the AACSB International Board of Directors and its Maintenance of Accreditation Committee still remained as the final hurdles to be surmounted. The news that Ridley Gros received by e-mail confirming reaffirmation brought closure to a long and difficult review process.

I use this means to publicly thank Ridley Gros for his willingness to return to the University to provide leadership to this most important task. At the same time I want to congratulate Betty Kleen for her outstanding contributions in the preparation of the self-study report and support documents and to all of the faculty and staff who worked so hard to contribute to this successful outcome.

The quality that is represented in the Business Administration program results from years of effort by the faculty in building the curriculum and in evolving their own scholarship and service within the broader community. The Self-Study and Peer Review process clearly indicated that in achieving high program quality the faculty has also put into place the processes to assure the maintenance of that quality within an environment committed to continuous improvement.

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