The SUNY Oswego School of Business recently made the Princeton Review’s annual guide to the nation’s top schools of business for the eighth consecutive year.
The guide consistently includes SUNY Oswego on its list of leading MBA-granting schools based on small class sizes, professor-student interaction, team activities, knowledgeable faculty and engaged alumni, among other measures. The 2012 edition profiles the “Best 294 Business Schools.”
“Recognition by the Princeton Review is an affirmation of a quality business program, an AACSB-certified one,” School of Business Dean Richard Skolnik said, referring to AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. “It also indicates the dedication of its faculty and their student-centeredness.”
Skolnik pointed to several recent initiatives that have kept the school moving forward:
* A rigorous online MBA program that started in January, serving busy professionals, people in the military, alumni and more.
* New internship and full-time cooperative education placements.
“Tammie Sullivan (director of MBA programs) continues to work hard to establish co-op agreements with companies,” Skolnik said. “The key is finding placements that will add value both for the company and the student.”
* Graduate students assisting faculty member Donald Cram in the Summer Scholars research program. Cram and his research assistants worked on developing a model of financial risk for companies exposed to pension liabilities.
* Active and high-achieving chapters of student organizations such as Students in Free Enterprise and Beta Alpha Psi. SIFE students have won regional business-projects competitions the past three years, and Beta Alpha Psi recently received one of four $5,000 ethics awards among the accounting and finance honor society’s 300 chapters.
“The student organizations are very engaged,” Skolnik said. “That, I think, is a real distinction and strength the School of Business has.”
The Princeton Review, an education services company, surveys only AACSB-certified schools of business. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business challenges its accredited institutions to maintain high standards and to continuously improve.
PHOTO CAPTION: Alumni link—A strong, active alumni base has factored into the SUNY Oswego School of Business’ selection the past eight years for Princeton Review’s guide to top MBA-granting schools nationally. Here, Jeff Gibbs, class of 1980 and a vice president of Biogen Idec, speaks with students Oct. 6 in Larry Maher’s “Business Organization” class as part of the school’s annual Alumni Symposium. His Boston-based pharmaceutical company has hired Oswego interns the past several years and employs a co-op student full time this fall.
(Posted: Oct 27, 2011)