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HT’s Business Students Win BEEP Case Competition

(AUSTIN, Texas) 6.14.13 — A team of Huston-Tillotson University students took first place in the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) Case Competition that was hosted by the National Urban League recently at the organization’s leadership conference in Orlando, Florida.   The team of Yohannis Job, Oscar Rodriguez (right), and Chad Williams (left), attending the Student Leadership Institute, competed in the national competition for the first time.

The three students, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing, were coached by Dr. Kathryn Davis, HT marketing faculty and case competition advisor, who guided the team to victory with a stimulating and relevant case delivery.

 “We spent many hours conducting research to put our best effort into this challenging business case, and it paid off,” said Job who developed the business plan. Rodriguez and Williams focused on the financial analysis as well as the overall presentation.

The competition required the students to analyze a complex business case for Sodexo Campus Services and develop a strategy to improve problems or issues. The trio created a health and wellness plan for Sodexo that included nutritional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, social, safety, and environmental elements for the win that included laptop computers as the prize.

 Created in 1969, BEEP is the longest-running program in Urban League history and has reached more than 900,000 students.  Founded in 1910, the National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities.

Huston-Tillotson University is a historically black institution located in Austin, Texas, offering Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 19 areas of study.


Department of Business Administration Earns Accreditation Title

(AUSTIN, Texas) 5.10.13 — Huston-Tillotson University President Larry L. Earvin, Ph.D., announced today that the Department of Business Administration within the School of Business and Technology (SBT) earned the prestigious “accreditation” title from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). “This departmental accreditation status from an international organization communicates the impressive ranking of HT and the programs offered,” Earvin said.

The ACBSP, one of two international undergraduate business school accrediting bodies, offers the voluntary evaluation process for colleges and universities seeking the highest level of recognition for their programs. The thorough three-day evaluation was followed by a five-year long process with a focus on six quality standards related to communication between faculty and students, educational and business process management, as well as a commitment to continuous program improvements. “This confirms that the HT SBT has reached its goal of providing its students with an education of excellence and is preparing them to succeed in the corporate world,” said Steven Edmond, D.B.A., Dean of the School of Business and Technology.

Huston-Tillotson University is a private, historically black, liberal arts institution, offering Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 14 areas of study.  Business Administration with concentrations in accounting, management, and marketing is the most popular major. Huston-Tillotson University with its 138-year history is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Huston-Tillotson University.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. ACBSP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn. ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching. Institutions are strongly encouraged to pursue a reasonable mutually beneficial balance between teaching and research. And further, ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.