The Louisiana Board of Regents approved immediate degree and department name changes for two academic programs at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO). The B.S. degree in Business Entrepreneurship changes to B.S. in Business Administration, while both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Management Information Systems change to B.S. and M.S. in Computer Information Systems, respectively.
The approval also grants departmental name changes. The Department of Business Entrepreneurship’s new official name is the Department of Business Administration, and the Department of Management Information Systems becomes the Department of Computer Information Systems.
“This approval reflects highly on SUNO’s on-going efforts to provide and enhance academic program offerings that reflect both current and future demands of the workforce community,” said Dr. Victor Ukpolo, SUNO’s chancellor. “Coupled with the College of Business and Public Administration’s program accreditation, stellar faculty, and engaging students, this accomplishment increases the level of responsibility and accountability for everyone associated with these programs. Collectively, I am confident that we will meet or exceed the strategic goals we have established in this regard.”
Dr. Igwe Udeh, dean of SUNO’s College of Business and Public Administration, believes that the name changes of the two degree programs by the Louisiana Board of Regents signal growing confidence in the University’s track record for delivering quality and affordable business education to students.
“Coming only a few short months after the most prestigious business accreditation agency in the world – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) – affirmed the quality of the SUNO College of Business by extending accreditation to all the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs, we view the renamed programs as precious dividends for our prudent investment in academic excellence over the past seven years,” said Udeh. “The valuable tools we need to leverage our current programs in business entrepreneurship, information systems management, and public administration into bigger investments have been enhanced, with the added benefit of new concentrations in such high-demand areas as information technology, operations management, sales and marketing, and accounting and finance.”
Mrs. Leslie Bouie, a retired Shell Oil Company executive and chair of the Southern University at New Orleans Business Advisory Council, believes that the degree and department name changes represent further evidence that the programs are headed in the right direction.
”I’m pleased with the change! I feel that the new titles more fully reflect the scope of the college, its programs and mission,” she said.