CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Featured in Princeton Review’s ‘The Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition’

Date: 10-07-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Dee Hoffman Wills
College of Business

The College of Business at California State University, Chico is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review, a New York-based company known for college and career guidebooks and test-prep courses. The education services company features the school in the new 2010 edition of its book, “The Best 301 Business Schools” (Random House/Princeton Review). This is the third consecutive year that CSU, Chico has been cited by The Princeton Review for offering students an outstanding MBA program.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president, publishing, “We are pleased to recommend Chico State to readers of our book and users of our site as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 301 business schools in this book based on our opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools.”

The review conducted a three-year survey of students at the best Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-accredited MBA programs in the world and gathered statistical information on many more. Approximately 19,000 students attending the 301 business schools profiled in the book were included in the surveys, which were conducted during the 2008-09, 2007-08 and 2006-07 academic years.

CSU, Chico students surveyed for the book cited the school’s convenient location, strong regional reputation and affordable tuition as their reasons for choosing the school. One student told The Princeton Review, ““Nearly every class has teamwork. This truly prepares you for the real working world” and helps students develop “people and presentation skills and good verbal and written communication skills.” Students also approve of the curriculum’s focus on “developing practical skills that make graduates effective,” calling the Chico MBA “a great hands-on education system.”

Said College of Business Dean Willie Hopkins, “I am most gratified by our students’ high level of satisfaction with our program. Their comments validate the work of our caring and talented faculty, our emphasis on practical application and teamwork, and the currency and relevancy of our curriculum.”

Located in northern California, the CSU, Chico College of Business has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 1972 and has long been known for cutting-edge enterprise resource planning instruction. The school 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 contribute to the college’s distinction.