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CCRI Business professor earns International Teaching Excellence Award

MORINJuly 12, 2021

Community College of Rhode Island Business and Professional Studies professor Cecile Roberti of North Kingstown won this year’s Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) International Teaching Excellence Award at the annual ACBSP Conference in Miami. 

Roberti, a licensed CPA and former department chair, earned top honors in the Northeastern Council (Region 1) – which includes ACBSP member institutions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico – in addition to the International Teaching Excellence Award for the entire ACBSP, which covers 11 regions worldwide.

“I could not have achieved this honor without the support and encouragement of my fellow department faculty members,” Roberti said. “When interacting with others at this conference, I am constantly reminded of how much our department does to ensure we are providing the best programs possible. This award is really a tribute to the entire department.”

“Professor Roberti embodies the characteristics that I believe make up an excellent teacher: subject-matter expertise, a strong work ethic with high expectations, and a willingness to involve and help students in active learning,” said Maria Coclin, CPA, CCRI’s Department of Business and Professional Studies Chair.

Two International Teaching Excellence Award recipients were selected from the group of regional winners – one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institution and one from an associate degree-granting institution. Roberti received the International Award representing associate degree institutions.

Founded in 1988, the ACBSP is a global business education accrediting body and the first organization to offer accreditation to all levels of collegiate business educational degree programs from associate to doctoral. ACBSP member institutions are divided into 11 regions – including South Asia, Latin America, Canadian and International councils – and an International Teaching Excellence award winner is chosen annually from each one.

Roberti also won a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award in 2015 and also a member of the Rhode Island Association of Accounting Professors (RIAAP) and Teachers of Accounting at Two Year Colleges (TACTYC). She has worked as an Associate Professor of Accounting and Taxation at CCRI since 2008 and in 2016 helped launch the college’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, which helps small business owners grow and create jobs by providing them with practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management. 

Since earning her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University and her Master of Science in Taxation from Bentley College, Roberti has worked as a self-employed CPA, providing full accounting and tax services to small businesses in North Kingstown. She is also involved in curriculum development, learning outcome and assessment, accreditation, and strategic planning at CCRI.

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