posted on: Thursday April 15, 2010
Jordan Frias ’11 / Asst. News Editor
Congress was visited by Dr. Sue Lehrman, dean of the School of Business, on Tuesday, April 13. She explained the main initiative that the School of Business hopes to achieve in the next two years: accreditation. The process for accreditation takes approximately eight years, and Providence College has been working towards it for the past six years. The School of Business has been making strides towards this initiative by hiring 15 new faculty members in the last few years to improve the quality of faculty in that department. “This accreditation is recognized by top businesses worldwide,” Lehrman said. This AACSB accreditation could increase potential recruitment for Providence College students in years to come. The School of Business must meet 21 standards that have their own subcomponents. Some of these standards include research facilities and curricular development. Lehrman told Congress that the School of Business received a $2 million endowment from a generous donor which they will use to hire a highly qualified faculty chair for their department sometime this summer.Two pieces of proposed legislation that were presented after Lehrman’s departure dealt with the International Student Organization (ISO) and Future Friar Executives.”We have successfully been able to have weekly meetings,” said Tinacho Chitongo ’10, president of ISO.He explained how the constitution for his club does not state that they will be officially a part of BMSA. This is something he would like his group to do after a year of experience as an official club. Congress will vote on the club’s request to become officially recognized as a proposed club at next week’s meeting.Kevin Higgins ’10, president of FFE, proposed to amend the club’s constitution to allow freshman and sophomores to run for an executive board position. Higgins explained how at this moment three out of four interested members cannot run because of this clause.Lastly, Congress passed the allocation proposal suggested by Nick Mikula ’11 was passed by a 36 to 3 vote while Andraya Pulaski’s ’10 bulletin board access for Congress proposal was passed as well unanimously.