Dean's Message

Dr. Alicia Jackson

Welcome to the website for Albany State University’s College of Professional Studies (COPS)! We are proud of the accreditation of our undergraduate and graduate business programs by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, a testament that our programs of study meet rigorous standards to assure program excellence and continuous improvement.

The business school’s current strategic plan carries the theme “Students First: Turning Dreams into Reality.” You will find that the faculty and staff in the Business Division are truly student-focused. We work closely with students to help them identify their goals (personal and career) and then provide them with a rigorous course of study to develop the professional skill set they will need to reach those goals and objectives.

The faculty delivers content to our students face-to-face and on-line, seeking to reach students where they are and in formats that suit their needs. In addition, we seek to instill a professional attitude in students in their demeanor, appearance and relationships with others. We also understand the benefit of attaining a combination of theoretical and practical experience. Therefore, our classroom activities are complemented with lectures and activities from working professionals, class assignments and projects that involve them with area businesses, required classes in career planning and development, and internships for all our students. Gaining insights into the working world prior to receiving their degree makes our students more marketable once they graduate.

We are also pleased to have the support of our Advisory Councils to keep us abreast of the current developments and needs of the business world. Their input gives us advice that keeps our delivery to our students on the cutting edge. They are also able to provide us feedback about how well our students are performing compared to other students so we are assured our students are competitive.

We invite you to explore our webpages. Meet our faculty, staff, students and supporters. Learn more about our programs. Read about some of the exciting things we are doing and the recognition we receive from our efforts. Join us as your first school of choice, Best wishes from the Dean, Faculty and Staff.

Dr. Alicia Jackson,
Interim Dean, College of Professional Studies