Dean's Blog: School of Business Administration

From the Desk of Dean J. Barry Dickinson, PhD

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.