June 2018 Quarterly Update

Greetings from Dean Maxfield

Sylvia Maxfield

Just a few days after my last quarterly update, we received some welcome news – AACSB International announced re-accreditation of the Providence College School of Business, through 2022. The announcement concludes a significant process that included an accreditation team site visit in February, in addition to a careful self-review.

AACSB accreditation is the gold standard in business education, and it formalizes the PCSB’s place among the world’s top providers of business education. This is particularly gratifying because it validates the school’s success in maintaining quality and focus during a period of substantial growth. This recognition, which is critical to maintaining our momentum, is only possible because of the commitment of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and others who provide various forms of much-appreciated support. I am grateful to everybody who played a role in helping us achieve re-accreditation.

On the subject of third-party endorsements, I was delighted to note the PCSB part-time MBA program’s large jump in U.S. News & World Report’s national rankings. Our program moved from number 166 a year ago up to number 118 – placing us well within the top half of the small number of programs that meet eligibility criteria. MBA students and faculty members add a great deal to our academic community (we awarded 98 MBA degrees at May’s commencement), and I am pleased by the growing national profile.

This update is chock-full of exciting news about our faculty, our alumni, and some of the other things going on in the PCSB community. More news is posted on our School of Business blog, and on our social media channels.

Please check out our new video, Educating for a Future Based on We, now posted on the PCSB website. The video, which includes comments from a dozen people – faculty, students, and alumni – was shot in the spring, a collaboration with our colleagues in PC Marketing and Communications and Zygote Digital Films. It tells the story of the PCSB approach, which is rooted in academic rigor, teamwork, and a focus on ethical decision-making. Its public debut was on April 14 at an on-campus event for admitted business students deciding on whether to enroll at PC. I hope you will enjoy it.

I offer best wishes for an enjoyable summer, hopefully one filled with relaxing time spent with family and friends. We are excited about the coming academic year, and welcoming a most promising new group of students, members of the Class of 2022.

As always, I remain grateful for your ongoing interest and support.

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Sylvia Maxfield, Ph.D.