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Sydney Lewis School of Business

From the desk of Dr. Delta R. Bowers, Interim Dean, Virginia Union University Sydney Lewis School of Business:

I am honored to have been chosen to become Interim Dean of the Virginia Union University Sydney Lewis School of Business (VUU SLSB).   My vision for the VUU SLSB is for the School to become one of the premier Business Schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the country. Through our aggressive recruiting of premier faculty, retaining of existing faculty, establishing premier programs, raising funds to sustain our premier programs, developing internal stakeholder relationships with the President, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Deans, Alumni, community relationships, and training the future business leaders of tomorrow to become 21st Century knowledge workers, the VUU SLSB is poised to be one of the most fascinating and cutting edge Business Schools in the country.  Additionally, the VUU SLSB is positioned to offer a premier education to our students due in large part to the extensive knowledge of the faculty with over 200 years of collective experience, in which some faculty are published, cutting edge majors, small classroom sizes, and access to a world class library.

As a newly appointed Interim Dean, I have chosen to adopt the model posited by Deloitte University, “The four faces of a Business School Dean” to aid in my vision and success.

The first face is a Strategist.  As a strategist, I will focus on positioning the VUU SLSB for the future, ensuring adequate resources are available for faculty and students, which includes money, technological improvements, and ultimately a standalone Business School.  Business schools are challenged with meeting the demands of a global marketplace and competition from not only the traditional brick and mortar institutions, but the digitalization of education. Hence, it is incumbent upon the Dean to develop an academic experience that is valuable and relevant for our student body to be competitively positioned for the 21st Century workforce.

The second face is a Catalyst: As a catalyst, I will be open to the changing economic, demographic, political, and business climate that impacts institutions of higher education and Business Schools.  I recognize and understand the competitive landscape in higher education and relative Business Schools. Thus, I have to position the VUU SLSB faculty and staff to be open to change and prepare the VUU SLSB faculty and staff through 21st Century training and development initiatives.  In order to be competitive and prepare our students to be competitive in the 21st Century workforce, we must become agents of educational change in which we offer the curricula that aligns with the 21st Century workforce.

The third face is Steward: As the Dean, it is my job to be a good steward in which I will protect VUU SLSB’s core assets, which includes the credibility and reputation of the VUU SLSB, intellectual property, financial assets, accreditation, established standards for the students, and the reputation of VUU on the whole.  Additionally, I will ensure that the VUU SLSB is in compliance with regulations and accreditation organizations in which the VUU SLSB and VUU are members.

The fourth face is Operator: In the role as an operator, I am responsible for the operational activities that drive the efficient and effective delivery of a quality education for our students. These activities include retaining and recruiting world class faculty, in conjunction with the Chair, administering their assignments, developing the faculty, scheduling faculty classes, and ensuring that the classes are delivered through multiple channels using the latest technological educational tools, software and hardware.  Also, along with the Chair, we will create an effective marketing effort to attract new students, retain existing students, develop relationships with organizations to provide internships to our existing students and job opportunities to our graduating students, and create pipelines to other universities for our graduating students to pursue graduate degrees.

I recognize that I have set the bar high for the VUU SLSB, but it is a must to ensure that our students are distinctively prepared to become a significant contributor and receiver of the economic fabric of this country. I embrace the challenge!

Contact Dr. Bowers

Email: drbowers@vuu.edu

Phone: 804-257-5801

Mission

The Sydney Lewis School of Business (SLSB) seeks to prepare students for 1) leadership positions in business and government organizations in a competitive global economy or 2) to pursue graduate studies. The program promotes intellectual, technical, professional and ethical development so students can be competitive in the global economy.

Accreditation

ACBSP is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education that supports, celebrates, and rewards teaching excellence. The association embraces teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn. ACBSP also acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching.

Accreditation by the ACBSP affirms our commitment to continuous academic quality improvement through its rigorous affirmation process. Among other qualities, ACBSP accreditation means that our faculty come to the classroom with real-world experience, programs reflect current realities and skills required in the business world, and student support services reflect the latest support strategies to ensure success in these programs:

Master of Business Administration

Bachelor of Science in Management

Bachelor of Science in Strategic Management of Information Systems

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

Student Achievement

2018 SLSB Graduates by Accredited Degree Program

There are approximately 2,900 institutions of higher education that have business administration, finance, management, and marketing. Many institutions also have specialized areas of study such as human resource management, management information systems, and public administration that are part of a business academic unit and considered to be business-related curricula. Click here learn more about the ACBSP

Student Learning Outcome Assessment Results - Fall 2016 - Spring 2018

Program Results for Business Students - Fall 2016 - Spring 2018

Events

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Departments

The Sydney Lewis School of Business has two departments: Accounting and Management

Degrees

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is offered for the majors in the Sydney Lewis School of Business

**The SLSB program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is one of the most recognized names in business higher education worldwide, known for having the highest standards of excellence in accreditation.

SLSB Quality Assurance Report 2011-2013

SLSB Quality Assurance Report 2014-2016

Scholarships

  • Dr. Ruth C. Harris Endowed Scholarship
  • Mrs. Yvonne M. and Dr. S. Dallas Simmons Endowed Scholarship
  • Mrs. Theresa Walden Endowed Scholarship
  • Nationwide Insurance Company Endowed Scholarship
  • Retail Merchant Association Endowed Scholarship
  • M. M. Gordon Endowed Scholarship

Note: These scholarships are available to all students pursuing majors in the SLSB.

Majors & Minors

Certificate Programs

MAJORS

MINORS

Students who are not SLSB majors may choose from three minors:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Marketing

Accounting Minor (20 credit hours)

  • The minor requires 20 hours after three prerequisites are met.

Prerequisites that may be taken to satisfy general education requirements:

  • ECO 231 Principles of Economics
  • MAT 160 Pre-Calculus
  • CIS 162 Business Computer Application or

Minor Courses:

  • MGT 199 Professional and Ethical Development
  • ACC 201 Financial Accounting
  • ACC 202 Managerial Accounting
  • ACC 303 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 305 Federal Personal Taxes AND
  • FNB 300 Principles of Finance OR
  • ACC 301 Intermediate Accounting I

Note: Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses taken for the minor in Business program.

Business Minor (19 credit hours)

Required:

  • ACC 201 Financial Accounting
  • MKT 300 Principles of Marketing
  • FNB 300 Principles of Finance (Prerequisite ACC 201)

AND

Three other specified courses chosen in consultation with the Chair of the SLSB and approved by the Dean of the SLSB.

Note:  Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses taken for the minor in Business program.

Marketing Minor (12 credit hours)

Required:

  • MKT 300 (Prerequisite ECO 231; which may be used as a general education requirement) AND

Choose three additional courses from the following:

  • (MKT 300 is the prerequisite for all of the following courses)
  • MKT 370 Buyer Behavior
  • MKT 371 Retailing
  • MKT 376 Small Enterprise Marketing
  • MKT 379 Promotional Strategy
  • MKT 383 Salesmanship
  • MKT 473 Organization to Organization Marketing
  • MKT 474 Global Marketing (additional prerequisite of MGT 316 or permission of instructor)
  • MKT 479 Marketing Research (additional prerequisite of a basic statistics class such as MAT 201, CCJ 335, PSY 203 or SOC 319)
  • MKT 490 Special Topics (as appropriate with permission of instructor)

Note: Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses taken for the minor in Business program.

Ruth Coles Harris Leadership Institute

Certificate Programs

Outlined Program of Study

Requirements (B. S. Degree, 120 hours)
(A minimum grade of C is required in all English, Mathematics, Economics and Business Courses)

The SLSB core, required of all business students, uses a holistic approach to learning and understanding how functional areas in business and management are intertwined and applicable to a broad range of organizational issues and problems.

General Education 52 hours
SLSB Core Courses 38 hours

  • ACC 201 Financial Accounting 4
  • ACC 202 Managerial Accounting 4
  • ECO 232 Micro-Economics 3
  • FNB 300 Principles of Finance 3
  • MGT 199 Professional and Ethical Development 3
  • MGT 200 Intro to Legal Environments 3
  • MGT 213 Managerial Communications 3
  • MGT 313 Operations Management 3
  • MGT 314 Management and Organizational Behavior 3
  • MGT 316 Global Business 3
  • MKT 300 Principles of Marketing 3
  • MGT 413 Strategic Management in a Global Environment 3

Other Departmental Requirements 6 hours

  • MAT 201 Statistics 3
  • MAT 210 Business Calculus 3


Courses Required in Major 18 - 23 hours

  • Restricted Electives 1 - 6 hours

Total Hours Required for Degree 120 hours.