Dean's Update, Winter 2015

Dean’s message


As 2015 draws to a close, reflections on the past year come naturally. After graduating roughly 1,100 students in May, CBA welcomed 540 new students in August. We also welcomed five new tenure-track faculty members and 12 new lecturers this fall, and entered the initial cohorts for our new Master of Science programs in Accountancy and Supply Chain Management. The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership marked its 10th Anniversary with a dinner celebration held at CSULB President Jane Close Conoley’s home.

CBA faculty have been busy with teaching (increasingly using online tools and techniques) and research activities that promote our students’ academic success. The Student Center for Professional Development continues to be a bridge between the classroom and careers. The college received excellent recognition in 2015 by being included in Princeton Review’s list of Best Business Schools for 2016 and by being ranked the 12th on the list of 100 Best U.S. Colleges for Business Majors by NerdWallet; four of the top 10 were University of California business schools, so CBA is in great company here. NerdWallet is a venture-back San Francisco company that ranked business schools on SAT scores, tuition (lower is better), financial aid, student debt (lower is better), and median salary after 10 years. This ranking confirms what those of us who are familiar with CBA already know: CBA offers an incredibly valuable education to our students.

Everything that is listed is a result of the efforts and commitment of the CBA team: faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. The core values of CBA are engage, execute, and excel, and every day I see members of the CBA team engaging in programs, activities and events and executing in ways that the bring meaningful results like those listed above. The result is that can all be proud of this excellent college. I am very proud to lead CBA because of what it has achieved, but the credit goes to all those people who continue to engage, execute, and excel. My sincere thanks to each and every person who has contributed to our shared success.

Warm regards,

Michael E. Solt Signature
Michael E. Solt
Dean, College of Business Administration
Director, Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership