CBA Listed in The Princeton Review’s ‘Best 296 Business Schools’Published: November 3, 2008
Based on its MBA program offerings, the College of Business Administration at CSULB has been named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review and is featured in its just-published 2009 edition of its Best 296 Business Schools.
The Princeton Review is known for its college rankings based on how students rate their schools. This year, the publisher compiled the lists based on its surveys of some 19,000 students attending the 296 business schools and on school-reported data.
“We are very pleased that the quality of our MBA programs is recognized again by the prestigious Princeton Review,” said Michael Solt, dean for the CSULB College of Business Administration (CBA). “We firmly believe that we offer our graduate students an outstanding educational value and an excellent degree, so the acknowledgement of the Princeton Review, as well as our accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), validates our belief and reinforces our efforts.”
He added, “But the global business environment is fluid and dynamic, so we have organized a faculty task force that is currently looking at graduate business education through a broad lens to see how we might update, refresh, and revise our MBA programs to assure the quality, value, and excellence of the educational experience that we offer our MBAs.”
The CSULB College of Business Administration was recognized for its offering of three different MBA programs – the Fully Employed MBA, a 23-month sequence of four 10-week sessions per year that are scheduled on Saturdays for the convenience of full-time workers; the Self-Paced Evening MBA, a self-paced program that can be pursued either full- or part-time; and the one-year, Accelerated MBA, a full-time program for students anxious to jump start their business careers.
“Catering to working adults in the Southern California region, these ‘focused, fast-paced, and competitive’ programs are specially designed to help students balance professional and personal commitments while pursuing their educations,” the book reads. “To that end, the programs are highly successful, offering a convenient and user-friendly educational experience.”
Best 296 Business Schools 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.
“The Princeton Review ranking is significant because it is based on the experiences and opinions of students who have been or are currently enrolled at Cal State Long Beach,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “The faculty and staff in the College of Business Administration have done an excellent job of creating MBA programs that appeal to students, fit their schedules and help them meet their educational and career goals.”
Those 19,000 students answered an 80-question survey (primarily online), which asked them about themselves, their career plans and their school’s academics, students body and campus life. The surveys were completed by students during the last three academic years – 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08.
“We compile our ranking lists in multiple categories based on what students report to us about their schools to help applicants decide which of these academically outstanding schools is best for them,” said Robert Franek, vice president/publisher of The Princeton Review.
The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from one to 290 or name one business school best overall. Best 296 Business Schools also has advice on applying to schools and funding the degrees.