College of Business Rated Highly In International Ranking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 11-24-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

In a field of 400 schools that includes Villanova, Claremont Graduate University, Loyola and Drexel University, California State University, Chico was ranked 21st among schools with excellent business programs with a strong national reputation and international links.

The ranking of best business schools in the world was done by Eduniversal, a Paris-based educational consulting organization. The initiative was led by the human resource and student orientation consultancy firm SMBG to provide parents, students and employers with information about the world’s best business programs.

Eduniversal’s selection process began with identification of the best 1,000 Business Schools in the world based on performance in other rankings, accreditations, participation in academic associations, international networks and research reputation. Each of the 1,000 schools selected were then placed in one of five “leagues” to indicate the institution’s level of international reputation. The deans of those institutions were then involved in a peer voting system that resulted in the final rank order within each league.

In the top 1,000 schools selected by Eduniversal, there are 100 schools in the ‘five palms’ league, indicating that they are ‘universal’ schools with a global reputation, 200 schools with four palms (top business schools), 400 schools with three palms (excellent), 200 schools with two palms (good) and 100 schools with one palm, indicating that they are locally important. The 1,000 business schools selected are spread over 150 countries. CSU, Chico was ranked #21 within the three palms league.

Other West Coast business schools ranked in the three palms (excellent) category included University of Oregon, Washington State, Long Beach State, San Diego State, UC Riverside and University of San Francisco.

Eduniversal announced the ranking results in Cape Town, South Africa, in late October and posted them at http://www.eduniversal.com/business-schools-ranking/select_area.

CSU, Chico College of Business Dean Willie Hopkins was pleased with Eduniversal’s acknowledgement of the college’s efforts to provide students with an exemplary global business education. “Our students have long been recognized for their strong technical abilities and team skills. We are gratified by recognition from Eduniversal that, through strong international partnerships, our students also have access to the individuals and experiences they need to develop the global perspective required of today’s successful business professionals,” said Hopkins.

Fully accredited since 1972 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the CSU, Chico College of Business has long been recognized as a leader in enterprise resource planning instruction and teaching excellence. Serving as a SAP Hosting Center, the college provides support and develops curriculum that is used by the faculty of leading universities across the globe. Partnerships with well-respected schools throughout the world provide students exceptional opportunities to develop the technical competencies and team skills necessary for success in today’s global business environment.

The college has partnered with the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in Guadalajara, Mexico; Pforzheim University, in Pforzheim, Germany; and Chukyo University, in Nagoya, Japan, to provide students with an academic and cultural experience that combines exemplary classroom instruction with opportunities to interact with business professionals and students from all over the world.

A partnership with the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communications (BIGC) and the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) allows students from China to complete the first three years of their four-year undergraduate program at their home institution and then complete their undergraduate and MBA degrees at the CSU, Chico College of Business.

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