Southeast’s Harrison College of Business Featured in Princeton Review’s ‘Best 237 Business Schools’- 2006 Edition



Oct. 7, 2005 – For the second year in a row, the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University has been recognized as one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review.  The New York-based education services company profiles the school in the new 2006 edition of its “Best 237 Business Schools.”   This follows similar recognition in the 2005 listing of Best Business Programs by the Princeton Review.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president of publishing, “Every school we profile in this book offers a terrific MBA education, yet each one is distinctive in its academic programs, school offerings and campus culture. We don’t nameᾰand don’t think it’s useful to nameᾰone best business school overall.  The key question for applicants is ‘What is the best b-school for me?’   To help them decide this, we survey students attending the schools and report what they say about their experiences at them.   Our profiles and ranking lists of top schools in various categories are based on straight-from-the-campus data we collected from school administrators and students at the schools.” 

The two-page profiles in “Best 237 Business Schools” have sections on the school’s academics, student life, admissions and career/placement programs.  The profiles also have ratings on the school’s academics, admissions selectivity and career programs.  In the profile on Southeast, the book’s editors describe Southeast’s MBA Program as providing students “plenty of ‘bang for their buck.’” Students also noted the Harrison College of Business for its “smart classrooms.” They quote from students attending Southeast who say, “I was an MBA at another university for a semester and transferred because the education there was not up to par with the tuition charged. SEMO, which charges much less, has provided a much better value.” Students surveyed also reported that Southeast’s business programs provided “solid preparation in teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills, presentation and computer skills.”   The book’s rankings are based on institutional data from the schools and on surveys of 16,000 students attending the 237 schools profiled in the book.  The survey asked students over 50 questions about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life.  Conducted during the 2004-2005 and 2003-2004 academic years, the surveys were done primarily online.   A complete list of rankings is posted at

“Best 237 Business Schools” is one of over 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House.  The line includes “Best 159 Law Schools” (for which The Princeton Review surveyed 15,000 students attending the schools in the book), “Best 162 Medical Schools,” and “Complete Book of Graduate Programs in the Arts and Sciences.” The Princeton Review is known for its grad school and college admission services, test-prep courses, books and education services.  It is not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.

“We very much appreciate the external recognition of our business program by the Princeton Review” says Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business.  “This validation of the high quality of our business program would not be possible without the hard work of an excellent faculty that is committed to student learning, and the efforts of an administrative staff focused on exceptional support services that promote success. The Harrison College of Business provides a learning environment that is personal, professional and practical and, in large part, this explains the excellence identified by the Princeton Review.”

Dr. Ken Heischmidt, director of graduate business programs at Southeast, added, “Included with offering a quality program, is the MBA programs efforts to meet the educational needs of this region of Missouri.  Recently we have started offering a new Health Administration option as well as offering our MBA program on the Web as a complete online MBA program.”