College of Business included among Princeton Review's '296 Best'
10/7/2008 -

Princeton Review Best Business School graphicA book published this week by The Princeton Review ranks Western Carolina University’s College of Business among the nation’s best schools at which to earn a master’s degree in business administration, with WCU’s program earning a top-four spot among schools offering the greatest opportunity for women and receiving high marks for small class sizes.

The New York-based education services company features WCU in the 2009 edition of its “Best 296 Business Schools” publication, which is based on surveys of 19,000 students attending the business schools profiled in the book.

“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,” said Robert Franek, vice president of publishing for Princeton Review. “We are pleased to recommend Western Carolina University to readers of our book and users of our Web site as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.”

WCU students told the editors that they especially liked the small size of classes offered by the College of Business, which allows professors to employ a wide range of teaching techniques, including team projects, case studies and in-class discussion in addition to traditional lecture. “Administration and professors are always available and easy to talk to,” one respondent told the Princeton Review.

Western’s fourth-place ranking among the schools offering the greatest opportunities for women is based on the percentage of students who are female (51 percent); the percentage of faculty who are female (31 percent); and student assessment of resources for female students, how supportive the culture is of female students, whether the business school offers course work for women entrepreneurs, and whether case study materials for classes proportionately reflect women in business.

The national recognition of WCU’s MBA program comes a year after the university’s Master of Entrepreneurship Program was recognized as one of the five best online entrepreneurship programs in the nation by Fortune Small Business magazine.

“We are proud to be included among the best business schools as determined by the Princeton Review,” said Ronald A. Johnson, dean of the College of Business. “Inclusion in this list is the latest indicator of the quality of our academic programs in business, and it speaks highly of the efforts of our faculty who are striving to produce graduates who are ‘business ready.’”

For more information about the MBA program at WCU, contact Steve Henson, director of WCU graduate programs in business, at (828) 227-3227, via e-mail at or visit the Web site Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program.

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