VSU business school wins prestigious technology award

Virginia State University’s Reginald F. Lewis School of Business (RFLSB) has been awarded the RichTech Technology Innovation Deployment Award. The award honors companies or organizations that successfully implement creative technologies to enhance processes, methodologies and/or services for their own, or others’, benefit.

The award is presented by RichTech, a Richmond VA-based company that promotes the region as a technology center and provides a vehicle for addressing the needs of Central Virginia’s dynamic technology community. Each year, the company recognizes what it calls “the best and brightest technology stars!”

The RFLSB was the only School selected as a finalist from hundreds of nominations. The school was nominated for its “Digital at the Core” initiative that developed a new, integrated business curriculum focusing heavily on technological participation and digital content.

The RFLSB made history in 2010 by becoming the first school in the country to deliver its core curriculum in a predominantly digital format. That year, the school piloted a process approach to delivering nine core courses through licensed, open-source costing $19.95 per license. The fee covers all of the digital products, including digital downloads, pdf files of each chapter, complete digital textbooks in either MOBI or ePub formats, MP3 audio chapters, MP3 study guides, study guides, quizzes and flashcards. A grant from Dominion Virginia Power gave the business school the start-up capital it needed to launch the initiative. 

The award is one of three prestigious honors recently awarded to the RFLSB.  In October, Governor Bob McDonnell awarded the RFLSB the Governor’s Technology Award for Innovation in Higher Education.  Earlier this month, the school was recognized as the “Best Business Program in the Country” among the 108 Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) by The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy. The Center for HBCU Media Advocacy annually recognizes a program which has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and community contributions in research exposition and professional development.  

“It is the faculty, staff, and our industry boards that make the dreams of achieving excellence a reality,” said RFLSB Dean, Dr. Mirta Martin. “These awards are a tribute to their commitment.”

Courtesy of VSU Public Relations

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