About Howard University School of Business

howard-university-school-of-businessHoward University has been offering management and business education since 1870, when the Board of Trustees of Howard University approved the establishment of a School of Commerce in conjunction with the Freedman’s Saving Bank and Trust Company. In 1946, the Marketing, Accounting, Real Estate and Insurance programs were added to the School’s educational curriculum.

Today’s School of Business Is One of the Best

In 1970, the present-day Howard School of Business was founded. As the School’s prominence has grown, so has its enrollment, so that it is now the second largest among the schools and colleges within Howard University.

Howard University’s School of Business has more African-American alumni employed by Wall Street firms, have become Certified Public Accountants, and are represented at top graduate schools than any other university in the country.

Coveted accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International has been consistently awarded to the Howard School of Business. In fact, it became the first in Washington, D.C. to achieve that world-recognized distinction.

While today’s students benefit from the tradition of excellence that has long set Howard University apart, they also profit from the Business School’s continuous efforts to update its programs to prepare students to meet the complex challenges of the global marketplace. Students enrolled in the School of Business will experience working with a faculty of business experts intent on preparing tomorrow’s leaders today.

Global Connections
Beyond Borders

Regardless of the size of your organization, modern technology guarantees that your goods and services now have a truly global reach. Whether you’re connecting via the Internet or physically shipping product overseas, the importance of building global connections has never been more vital to the success of your business.

The Howard Executive has access to an extensive and proud alumni network that reaches across the globe, opening doors of opportunity and connectivity to major corporations and organizations. He knows how to build and nurture personal and professional relationships and recognizes the benefits of leveraging them to enhance his business and career.

A Global Connection for:

  • The Emerging Executive
    – The people you’ve worked with throughout school and during your corporate life can become an invaluable asset to you later in your career. Building and maintaining these connections is an important part of business longevity.
  • The Entrepreneur
    – As an entrepreneur, use your network to recruit your leadership team, build your business, secure financing, and forge lasting partnerships. Your professional network can become a great resource for new business owners.
  • The Current Executive
    – As an established executive, you understand the importance of building and maintaining a network of business associates. Determining when to expand these connections, when to recruit from that circle, and how best to utilize that network can be challenging and profitable.

Ethical Balance
Develop New Standards for Success

Whether developing environmentally friendly policies or finding solutions to human issues, the forward-thinking executive understands that good corporate citizenship is essential to building a successful company and a lasting career. He believes in doing work that benefits the greater good, while being attentive and respectful of the needs the local community and of mankind in general.

The Howard Executive stands as an example of how to do business the right way. By carrying an elevated consciousness when it comes to morals and integrity, he weighs all the factors involved in the decision-making process, not just the ones that bolster the bottom line.

An Ethical Balance for:

  • The Emerging Executive
    – Developing your reputation as an ethical and open-minded member of the leadership team can build bonds with employees and the local community, create new opportunities, provide team synergy, and lead to positive public relations opportunities.
  • The Entrepreneur
    – Establishing ethical and sustainable business practices from the very beginning can help you recruit top talent, gain positive media attention, and help put your business on the map.
  • The Current Executive
    – Helping your organization adopt and implement sustainable business practices can demonstrate a continued commitment toward innovation. It can also help you establish yourself as an ethical and forward-thinking asset in the push for long-term growth.

Fresh Perspective
Doing What it Takes to Improve

At the upper echelon of business, you must continually look for opportunities to transform and improve functionality. Whether evaluating and redefining responsibilities amongst the team, reengineering processes, developing new products, or proactively engaging in R&D, the complete executive is always looking for new ways to improve personally and operationally.

The Howard Executive creates an environment that encourages innovation and supports creativity throughout the company. Stemming from a holistic view of business that considers a wide range of financial, ethical and human factors, the Howard Executive is well-trained to succeed.

A Fresh Perspective for:

  • The Emerging Executive
    – Congratulations! You’ve gained the ability to effect real change in your organization. Now it’s time to look at business with a fresh perspective, do your homework, remain open-minded and address issues where you see them.
  • The Entrepreneur
    – You have the unique ability to define and develop the processes and procedures upon which your company is founded. It’s an important time to consider other opinions, do your research and experience innovation from the inside out.
  • The Current Executive
    – Someone once said, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Whoever said that probably wasn’t an executive. Addressing the process and procedures your company runs on is an important and regular task that can often lead to innovation, or catching a problem before it starts.

Strategic Outlook
Looking Ahead Without Falling Behind

To be successful in today’s business world, you must think globally, concentrating on the larger issues that organizations must address as they function in the marketplace. With too narrow a focus, many executives can be left unprepared for the unexpected challenges that are sure to arise. By utilizing an elevated level of thinking, C-Suite executives can be less focused on day-to-day administration and focus on strategically positioning the organization for long-term, sustainable growth.

The Howard Executive is aggressive and strategically competent, utilizing an integrated approach to problem solving and decision making. This individual understands the impacts of each decision on the organization, and seeks to balance growth potential with sage risk management.

A Strategic Outlook for:

  • The Emerging Executive
    – The view changes when you enter the C-Suite. At this level, you’re responsible for the success of the business as a whole. Accurately forecasting future challenges and trends can mean the difference between profit and loss.
  • The Entrepreneur
    – When it’s your business, it’s easy to get caught up in what’s immediately in front of you. Entrepreneurs who want to build a lasting business understand that decisions made today affect the future, so it’s important to establish short and long-term goals.
  • The Current Executive
    – To achieve long-term goals, executives must employ thorough planning and foresight. Redefining the future of your business and creating positive change takes innovation and a fresh perspective.

Executive Mindset
Form and Function

As an executive, you must be prepared to confront and manage the expectations of the C-Suite with integrity and balance. The challenges organizations face in today’s global business environment are large and complex; top-level executives must thoroughly prepare for every outcome and provide the sophisticated level of thinking required to deliver solutions and positive results.

The Howard Executive has transitioned from functional specialization and middle management principles to comprehensive corporate visioning and decision making. This individual is adept at identifying and mobilizing talent across the organization, removing barriers so that talent can flourish, and maximizing opportunities for the organization to thrive.

An Executive Mindset for:

  • The Emerging Executive
    – Moving from middle management to the C-Suite means embracing a new way of thinking, focusing on the big picture, and quickly addressing unforeseen challenges with poise and intellect.
  • The Entrepreneur
    – Your business is up and running, but now you need to drive it like an experienced executive, which means delegating responsibility, building the right team, and planning for sustainable growth.
  • The Current Executive
    – Just when you get comfortable, everything changes because the state of business is constantly evolving. It’s important to take a proactive approach, develop operational innovation, and stay connected.

HUSB Continues to Embrace New Opportunities

The past academic year will be remembered as a year of achievement. As we continue to provide a stellar business education for a wide range of students, this year a major focus was successfully navigating the reaccreditation process. This again builds upon our proud legacy as the first business school in the nation’s capital to become AACSB-International accredited, which we first achieved in 1976. Accreditation also provides a stamp of approval, if you will, that our coursework and curricula meets or exceeds globally accepted standards for business education. On March 28th, the School of Business’ accreditation status was reaffirmed for another five years by the Board of AACSB-International. We are able to consistently excel because of the unwavering support of our alumni, sponsors, parents and partners. As we approach our 45th Anniversary in 2015 as a stand-alone, full-service business school, we are able to keep our systems updated and provide aid to student because of your contributions of time and financial resources.

BARRON H. HARVEY, Ph.D.
DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS