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BusinessWeek Again Recognizes Akron’s Undergraduate Business School as One of the Best


BusinessWeek magazine has named The University of Akron College of Business Administration (CBA) as one of the best undergraduate schools in the nation for the fifth consecutive year. The CBA is the only public university business program in Northeast Ohio recognized in BusinessWeek’s undergraduate rankings. This year, the magazine ranked only 124 programs out of more than 1,800 in the U.S.

“Consistent recognition by national ranking and accreditation organizations is one of the many indicators of our program’s strength,” says Susan Hanlon, CBA Assistant Dean, with responsibilities for undergraduate programs. “Another indication is an 87 percent employment rate at six months after graduation, when the national average across all degrees is 47 percent. These successes and others are all affirmations of what our superb faculty, excellent staff, and hard-working students do every day.”

In the magazine's 2013 annual ranking of undergraduate business programs in the United States, the CBA was ranked 108 nationally.

    Through surveys and other data collection, final rankings are composed of:
  • Student survey score (30 percent). Graduating seniors are sent a 50-question survey on topics ranging from quality of teaching to recreational facilities. The survey is intended to measure student level of satisfaction.
  • Academic quality measure (30 percent). Academic quality is calculated by considering SAT scores, student-to-faculty ratios, class size, the percentage of students with internships and the number of hours students devote to coursework.
  • Recruiter survey score (20 percent). The magazine polls corporate recruiters for companies that actively hire business majors each year.
  • Starting salaries (10 percent). This is considered a measure of post-graduation success.
  • MBA feeder school measure (10 percent). Post-graduation outcomes also are measured by the number of graduates each school sends to top MBA programs.