BGSU MBA program on Princeton Review ‘best’ list

BOWLING GREEN, O.—For the fifth time, Bowling Green State University’s College of Business Administration has been named an outstanding business college by the Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features the University in the just-published 2009 edition of its “Best 296 Business Schools.” Bowling Green also maintained its reputation for being especially strong in the opportunities it provides for minority students, the review said.

According to the review, “For those hoping to fast-track their business careers, the MBA program at the College of Business Administration at Bowling Green State University provides an excellent (and speedy) opportunity for students, even if they didn’t get their undergraduate degree in business.”

The MBA program was noted in the “greatest opportunity for minority students” category “based on the percent of students from minorities, the percent of faculty from minorities, and student assessment of: resources for minority students, how supportive the culture is of minority students, and whether fellow students are ethnically and racially diverse,” according to the review’s description of its criteria. BGSU is sixth on the list of 10 headed by Howard University and including such schools as Texas A&M University.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president for publishing, "We select schools for this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and offerings, institutional data we collect from the schools, and the candid opinions of students attending them who rate and report on their campus experiences at the schools.”

Students at BGSU agree that the student body is a “very diverse group from almost every continent” that consists of “very intelligent, committed, and dedicated” individuals. Statistics state that for the school at large, while “90 percent of students are from Ohio, a whopping 55 countries are represented on campus. Additionally, about one-third of the MBAs are international students.”

"We are pleased to be recognized as the leading business college in our region and one of the best in the nation. Great business programs are created because of the hard work of students, faculty and staff. External recognition of our programs from sources such as the Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report validates the great work of these individuals," said Dr. Rodney Rogers, dean of the business college.

The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list or name one business school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 lists ranking the top 10 business schools in various categories. Ten lists are based on the review's surveys over the past three years of 19,000 students attending the 296 business schools profiled in the book. One list, “Toughest to Get Into,” is based solely on institutional data.

The BGSU College of Business Administration first earned accreditation from AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—in 1954. Bowling Green is one of only 171 colleges worldwide to have earned AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.

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(Posted October 27, 2008 )