For the ninth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has rated the College of Business Administration (CBA) at The University of Akron as an outstanding business school. The education services company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, "The Best 296 Business Schools" (Random House / Princeton Review, published October 9, 2012, $22.99).
According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, "We consider the College of Business Administration at The University of Akron one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the U.S.A. and 16 are international -- based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book."
The Princeton Review's survey asked 19,000 students at the 296 schools their opinions of their school's academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys analyzed for this edition were all completed online at http://survey.review.com and conducted during the 2011-12, 2010-11, and 2009-10 academic years.
“We are delighted to be included in this prestigious list for the ninth consecutive year,” says Dr. Ravi Krovi, CBA dean and professor of management and information systems. “This recognition, along with other notable accolades from AACSB International, Bloomberg Businessweek and US News & World Report, validates our status as one of the top part-time MBA programs in the state of Ohio. The MBA at UA is a top-notch program that focuses on developing leadership skills, analytical skills and other core competencies. In addition, the program offers value-added opportunities such as executive mentorship, study abroad and action-based learning experiences.”
Krovi also notes that, “the quality of the incoming MBA student body is reflected in high GMAT scores and a diverse student group including several Fulbright scholars.”
"The Best 296 Business Schools" has two-page profiles of the schools which include write-ups on academics, career and placement, student life and environment, and admissions. The profiles also have ratings (scores from 60 to 99) for academic experience, admissions selectivity, and career services.
In the profile on UA’s CBA, the Princeton Review editors note that "through a diverse student body, “high competition” among classmates and an administration willing to “change curriculum to better serve students,” the University of Akron “really prepare[s] its students to excel in the marketplace.” "
They quote from students, many of whom are "“amazed” at the qualifications of the “fantastic” MBA professors here and are pleased to find “an outstanding staff and members of faculty that know what is best for their students to be the future cadres of the worldwide village.” Educators who “bring real world, practical knowledge that is second to none” not only help provide a “rewarding” educational experience, they also “inform you of job opportunities, workshops, internships, clinics, etc.” "
With institutes for direct marketing, entrepreneurial studies, global business, leadership advancement and professional selling, as well as close collaborations with area businesses and organizations, the CBA offers unique learning opportunities that pay many dividends for its graduates. Student learning is enhanced by state of the art technology and facilities. The CBA has UA’s largest distance learning computer lab, as well as the Corbin Finance Laboratory, the Fisher Sales Laboratory and the Suarez Applied Marketing Research Laboratories.
The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 296, 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 entirely or partly on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the schools in the book. The lists in the book are posted at www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings.aspx.
"The Best 296 Business Schools" is one of more than 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review is also known for its many categories of college rankings, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring, and its other education services. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.