The education services company has profiled the program in the new 2016 edition of its annual book, “The Best 295 Business Schools” (Penguin Random House/Princeton Review Books) published this week and available on its site at www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings/best-business-schools.
According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, “We recommend Southeast Missouri State University as one of the best to earn an MBA. We chose the 295 schools in this book based on our high regard for their academics and our assessment of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of 22,000 students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey for the book.”
The Princeton Review’s survey asked students at the 295 b-schools about their school’s academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys that were used for this edition were completed online at http://survey.review.com and conducted in the 2014-2015, 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.
“It is exceedingly gratifying to be rated as a top MBA program by Princeton Review,” said Dr. Gary Johnson, interim dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast. “Quality is not something we take for granted; faculty and staff work very hard to assure that each MBA student receives the best in programming and instruction. In this fast paced, electronic world students have many choices for their MBA. The fact that many perceive the quality of education we provide in our MBA speaks to the relentless efforts of Dr. Ken Heischmidt, director of Graduate Business Studies, and his team to assure currency and relevant options. Princeton Review’s rating confirms that those efforts are being rewarded.”
The book’s two-page school profiles have sections on academics, student life, admissions information and graduates’ employment data. In the profile on Southeast’s MBA Program, the Princeton Review editors describe the school as a “top-notch education at an affordable price.” The profile continues, “An inexpensive public school, ‘the university provides an excellent bang for your buck,’ yet doesn’t skimp on a quality education.”
The profile also quotes students who say, “Their international programs were the best experience of my life!” Another said, “The class environment is unique, in that it is very professional, as if you were going to work.” Yet another student is quoted as saying, “The professors at Southeast are wonderful. Not only are they experienced in their field, but their teaching styles are excellent.”
Students also said, “Class sizes are small, so professors get to know you pretty well.” Small class sizes also facilitate networking between students, they say. “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.”
Students surveyed also boasted about the program’s career services. One said, “The MBA office does a great job of making MBA students aware of job opportunities that come to its attention.” Another said, “The school puts a great deal of effort (into helping) students get jobs after graduation and organizes various networking events throughout the semester.”
Students also said MBA program participants are more diverse and that the atmosphere is more collaborative that competitive.
The school profiles in “The Best 295 Business Schools” have five categories of ratings that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2014-2015 academic year. Among them are “Academic Experience,” “Admissions Selectivity” and “Career” data.
The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book hierarchically or name one business school best overall. Instead, it publishes rankings in several categories along with detailed profiles of the schools.
The MBA Program in Southeast’s 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 (offered both online and face-to-face), international business, accounting, finance, environmental management, industrial management, health administration, entrepreneurship and sport management (offered online).