For the eighth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has rated the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron an outstanding business school. The education services company features the school in the new 2012 edition of its book, “The Best 294 Business Schools” (Random House / Princeton Review, on sale date October 11, 2011, $22.99).
According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, “We recommend the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron to readers of our book and users of our site, www.PrincetonReview.com, as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 294 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. 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 the eight consecutive year,” says Dr. Ravi Krovi, dean and professor of management and information systems. “The average GMAT score of our students and the number of Fulbright scholars in the program, both of which are among the highest in Ohio, reflect a program that is very highly regarded. The faculty have made cutting edge changes to the MBA program that now includes a focus on leadership development and action learning. The Saturday MBA program also features an executive round table discussion which allows our students to interact with CEO’s and other successful business and community leaders."
Krovi notes that, in addition to quality instruction and reputation, the CBA’s MBA program is also convenient. “Between our evening program and the two-year Saturday MBA, we offer students plenty of flexibility in completing the program around their personal and professional schedules.”
“The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 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 students report a “substantial focus on international business environments and global operations" throughout the curriculum and also single out the "information and technology focus.” The editors also 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,” “strong curriculum,” and “low cost” of attending.
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 294, 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 294 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 2010-11, 2009-10, and 2008-09 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 www.PrincetonReview.com