The College of Business Administration at The University of Akron is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2011 edition of its book, "The Best 300 Business Schools" (Random House / Princeton Review, on sale date October 12, 2010, $22.99).
According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publishing, "We are pleased to recommend the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron to readers of our book and users of our site, http://www.princetonreview.com, as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.”
“We chose the 300 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools,” Franek noted. “ We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our survey for the book."
“We are delighted to be included in this prestigious list for a seventh consecutive year,” says Dr. Ravi Krovi, interim dean and professor of management and information systems. “This recognition reflects the dedication of our faculty and their commitment to a cutting edge and quality curriculum. Our program is also flexible and has been designed to meet the needs of the evening student.”
Krovi notes that, in addition to quality instruction and flexibility, the CBA’s MBA program also offers students the opportunity to interact with the best and brightest.
“The average GMAT score of students in our part-time program is one of the highest in Ohio. Our MBA program continues to have a high reputation – our graduates are highly sought after and are well placed in organizations across the country.”
"The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition" has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life, and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity, and career placement services.
In the profile on the CBA, the Princeton Review editors note that “the flexibility of its programs - a crucial element for the school’s many part-time students - is another frequently cited asset at this impressive public university.”
They quote from students attending the CBA who praise the College for its "great academic environment,” outstanding faculty,” “strong curriculum,” and “low cost” of attending.
In a "Survey Says . . . " sidebar in the profile, The Princeton Review lists topics that CBA students it surveyed were in most agreement about. The list includes: "cutting-edge classes" and “solid preparation in finance, accounting, general management, operations, communication/interpersonal skills, presentation skills, quantitative skills, entrepreneurial studies, and doing business in a global economy.”
The Princeton Review's 80-question survey for the book asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life.
The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 300, or name one business school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 business schools in various categories. Ten lists are based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 19,000 students attending the 300 business schools profiled in the book. (Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for these lists.)
Conducted during the 2009-10, 2008-09, and 2007-08 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online. One list, "Toughest to Get Into," is based solely on institutional data. (All schools in the book were eligible for consideration for this list.) The lists are posted at http://www.princetonreview.com.