On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to the Richards College of Business. We believe in and live our mission every day: We are in the business of transforming lives through education, engagement, and experiences!
This is an exciting time for the College, with new programs, partners, and even greater possibilities for the future. We recently celebrated 30 years of business accreditation by AACSB International, a recognition held by fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide, and 15 years of separate AACSB accreditation for our accounting programs, held by fewer than three percent worldwide. Accreditation is not our goal – it is the result of excellence in programs, highly qualified and productive faculty, and staff that go above and beyond to make the Richards College outstanding in every way.
During 2013-14, our lecture series reached over 1,000 students and community members, we had record engagement in international programs, and we developed a distance option in the mentor program to allow for electronic mentorships. Additionally, we expanded the number of certificate programs available to our students, implemented a new faculty exchange program with France Business School, developed a new brown bag series to facilitate cross-disciplinary research among faculty, and dramatically increased our outreach to build awareness of our programs and successes.
One program we are most proud of is the Southwire Sustainable Business Honors Program. The only one of its kind in the United States, the program allows students to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four years, along with a certificate in sustainability and first-hand experience working side by side with Southwire executives. Other recent achievements include:
• The Richards College online MBA was ranked #4 in the nation by US News & World Report; as part of the Georgia WebMBA, this program is also ranked #1 in student satisfaction and #3 for public perception by GetEducated.com and has been designated a Best Buy for many years.
• Four undergraduate students participated in a competition held at the International Economics Convention in Mumbai, India. The team had a spectacular showing, winning first place in all six team categories including Best Overall, Most Innovative Solution, Best Q&A, Best Coordination Among Team Members, Best Paper, and Best Presentation. In addition to the team awards, UWG students received three individual first place awards for Best Team Speaker, Best Overall Contributor to the Conference, and Best Team Contribution.
• Economics professor Dr. Bashu Dutt created an economics study website named econmentor.com to help upper level high school students and college students who are struggling to understand economics. Econmentor.com is being referenced all over the internet by students, consultants, blogs, practitioners and teachers, it has been included in many high school courses, and it is ranked number one in Google search in more than 50 academic topics in economics.
• Richards College faculty and the SBDC Director were quoted this past year in the Wall Street Journal (front page story), US News & World Report, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Global Atlanta, and more.
We are proud to share our story with you and invite you to learn more about the Richards College of Business! Check out our website or call for more information.
Faye S. McIntyre, Ph.D.
Dean and Sewell Chair of Private Enterprise