CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Makes Princeton Review’s ‘The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition’

Date: 10-18-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Willie Hopkins,
College of Business

For the fourth consecutive year, the College of Business at California State University, Chico has been cited by The Princeton Review for offering students an outstanding MBA program. The New York-based company features the school in their newly published “The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition” (Random House/Princeton Review).

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 300 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 18,000 students attending the 300 business schools profiled in the book were included in the surveys, which were conducted during the 2009-10, 2008-09 and 2007-08 academic years.

The review cites Chico’s “unique combination of excellent and caring professors, a well-run program, and a great environment” as one that “well serves the needs of its part-time and full-time MBA student populations.” One student told The Princeton Review, “Professors here ‘are caring and have both practical and academic knowledge’ and ‘are willing to back up students in regard to group-related problems. There is a great support system in this MBA program.’”

College of Business Dean Willie Hopkins said, “This is particularly gratifying as the list is based largely on feedback from students who are studying at the best AACSB-accredited MBA programs in the world. We’re proud of the work that we do here in Chico and of the fine character and extraordinary talents of our faculty and students.”

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 maintains an SAP University Alliance hosting center that serves business schools across the Americas 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.