CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico College of Business Included in ‘Best Business Schools’ Publication

Date: 10-15-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s College of Business is among the best business schools in the country, according to The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company that included CSU, Chico in the just-published 2008 edition of “Best 290 Business Schools.”

To compile the list, Princeton Review surveys students on college campuses about themselves and their career plans, as well as their schools’ academics, student body and campus life. According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s 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.”

Schools are not ranked within the list of 290. “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 Franek.

“Being named to Princeton Review’s Best 290 B-Schools list is gratifying and provides a wonderful illustration of the incredible momentum that we are currently experiencing,” said Willie Hopkins, dean of the CSU, Chico business school. “This most recent tribute verifies that our students are pleased with the education they are receiving here at Chico. It also validates what we are hearing from others.

“We are currently receiving a great many requests from corporations who want to recruit our graduates,” said Hopkins. “Applications for enrollment are up as parents and students learn about our tremendous strengths in the areas of IT, entrepreneurship and sustainability. Emerging programs in ethical leadership and globalization are also strong. Energized by our success, generous alumni are providing the resources we need to build even stronger programs. It’s a very exciting time,” he said.

“This important recognition of the quality of our College of Business underscores what effective leadership and dedicated faculty and staff can accomplish,” said CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg. “The great satisfaction of our students and alumni and their employers in how this college is preparing them for successful careers and purposeful lives affirms the solid values upon which a business education at Chico State is based.”

The College of Business has been fully accredited since 1972 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The college provides exemplary instructional programs that are characterized by technological innovation and experiential learning, producing graduates who understand how to integrate business processes and think strategically. CSU, Chico manages a mega-hosting center for SAP, the world’s largest enterprise software company, and develops curriculum that is used by IT professors throughout the world. Programs in entrepreneurship, values-based leadership and sustainability have received national attention.