Dean's Blog: School of Business Administration

From the Desk of Dean J. Barry Dickinson, PhD

Holy Family Ranked #11 in Philadelphia Region for Value

#11 in Philadelphia for Value - Business School

The Philadelphia Business Journal recently released a list of the top college values in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Region. The list was developed by a company called Niche ( It uses a variety of objective data to develop its ranking including net price, alumni earnings, graduation rates, and students debt. The data originates, primarily, from the US Department of Education. The company develops a Niche Value Grade for each institution. 

Niche ranked Holy Family University at #11 in the Philadelphia area. The ranking places HFU above all of its smaller, direct competitors. The only religious-based institutions that rank above HFU are Villanova University and Lasalle University.

We feel that this validates what we do for our students in the School of Business. We focus on ways in which students can put their degrees to work. Our emphasis on applying concepts to practice and career preparation, sets students up for successful careers. Our faculty all have professional backgrounds and they bring that background into the classrom. We think this translates into positive outcomes upon graduation.  

Importance of Professional School Accreditation

Accreditation is an important concept in higher education. Accreditation is defined as “the action or process of officially recognizing someone as havinɡ a particular status or beinɡ qualified to perform a particular activity.” For higher education institutions, the institutional accreditation process is performed by a peer review board of faculty from other institutions, who investigate the institution based on criteria that includes its requirements for admission, faculty reputation, and the quality of its educational programs, to name a few. It indicates that a college, university, or school has a system in place to measure performance, to identify areas for improvement, and to implement remediation. It is a process of continuous improvement.

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Welcome to My Blog

Dr. Barry DickinsonI am Dr. Barry Dickinson, Dean of the School of Business Administration here at Holy Family University. I started out here as a full-time faculty member in 2010 and took over as Dean in 2012. Prior to beginning my academic career at HFU, I was an entrepreneur, specializing in the mobile and wireless computer industry. I decided to start this blog to share the wonderful things that go on at HFU, as well as providing an alternative channel for me to share my thoughts about business and business research. I will be blogging about a variety of subjects here including: developments at the SBA, developments at HFU, business topics, and research that I or my colleagues have conducted. I welcome feedback to my blog entries and look forward to an open dialogue.