MBA Program Among Princeton Review’s 2014 ‘Best 295 Business Schools’

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct.9, 2013 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools, according to the education services company, The Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com).

The Company features the program in the new 2014 edition of its book, “The Best 295 Business Schools” (Random House/Princeton Review) published this week.

“For the 11th consecutive year, the Harrison College of Business is thrilled to be included among the nation’s premier MBA programs,” said Dr. Charles McAllister, interim dean of Southeast’s Donald L. Harrison College of Business. “This recognition from The Princeton Review reflects the professional, innovative and engaging environment created by the faculty. Since these same faculty members teach both graduate and undergraduate business courses, all students are assured of receiving a high-quality business education at an affordable price.”

Dr. Ken Heischmidt, director of Southeast’s graduate business programs, said, “The MBA program at Southeast Missouri State University is constantly looking at ways to provide continuous improvement to the program to deliver increasing quality and value to our students. In the last couple of years, we have increased the admissions requirements for the program and revised student learning outcomes for all courses.”

Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, added, “We recommend Southeast’s MBA Program as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn a business school degree. We chose the schools we profile in this book 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 which rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for the book.” The Princeton Review’s survey asks business school students about their school’s academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans.

“The Best 295 Business Schools: 2014 Edition” has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions. In the profile on Southeast’s MBA Program, the Princeton Review editors describe the school as providing a “top-notch education at an affordable price.” Editors describe Southeast as providing “an excellent bang for your buck” while not skimping on a quality education. Editors also commend the program for its entirely online MBA program, for-credit internships and short-term overseas programs.

The profile quotes from students who say, “The class environment is unique, in that it is very professional, as if you were going to work.” Likewise, they said, “The teachers expect all students to come prepared and (they) develop helpful but strenuous assignments.” Yet another said, “The professors at Southeast are wonderful. Not only are they experienced in their field, but their teaching styles are excellent.” According to another student, “class sizes are small, so professors get to know you pretty well.” The small size also facilitates networking among students, they say, adding “having a smaller campus helps you connect with a wide variety of people in a variety of fields,” which makes “classroom discussions very interesting and relevant to the real world.”

The school profiles in “The Best 295 Business Schools” have rating scores in five categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2012-2013 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. Rating categories are: academic experience, admissions selectivity, career, interesting and accessible professors.

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 295, or name one business school best overall. However, in the “Survey Says …” sidebar of Southeast’s profile in the book, the editors list topics about which students surveyed had the highest consensus. Among them are friendly students and solid preparation in general management, communication/interpersonal, presentation and computer skills.

The MBA Program of Harrison College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an honor held by only 20 percent of colleges in the country and fewer than 400 MBA programs worldwide. Students may choose from nine degree options: general management (only option offered both online and face-to-face), international business, accounting, finance, environmental management, industrial management, health administration, entrepreneurship and sport management.