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CBA Featured in The Princeton Review’s ‘The Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition’

Published: October 15, 2009

For placing such high standards on program development, the College of Business Administration (CBA) at CSULB has been named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review and is featured in its recently released guidebook The Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition.

The Princeton Review is known for its college rankings based on how students rate their schools. This year, the publisher compiled the lists based on its surveys of some 19,000 students attending the 301 business schools and on school-reported data.

“To be recognized as a top business school by the Princeton Review is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff,” said Michael Solt, dean for the CBA. “Having just received re-accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International means that we meet the highest standards of faculty qualifications and assurance of student learning. So, the Princeton Review recognition really affirms that we are doing our work well.”

The CBA was recognized for its offering of three different MBA programs – the Fully Employed MBA, a 23-month sequence of four 10-week sessions per year that are scheduled on Saturdays for the convenience of full-time workers; the Self-Paced Evening MBA, a program that can be pursued either full- or part-time; and the one-year Accelerated MBA, a full-time program for students anxious to jump-start their business careers.

Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and environment, admissions and career placement. The profile also includes ratings for their academic experience and admissions selectivity.

The “Survey Says” section of the profile highlights some of the topics students at each school most agreed upon. The CSULB students who took the survey stated that the CBA provides “solid preparation” in marketing, accounting and general management.

“The Princeton Review ranking is significant because it is based on the experiences and opinions of Cal State Long Beach students,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “The faculty and staff in the College of Business Administration have done an excellent job of creating top-quality MBA programs and other very relevant business degree programs that appeal to students while also being tailored to fit their schedules.”

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Alexander continued, “It is also very important for our students to know that we offer many of the best value business degree and MBA programs in the nation and that graduates of these programs will not be disadvantaged by significant student debt as many of their peers will be throughout the country.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from one to 301, or name one business school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 business schools in various categories.

The 19,000 students surveyed answered 80 questions (primarily online), which asked them about themselves, their career plans and their school’s academics, student body and campus life, conducted during the 2008-09, 2007-08 and 2006-07 academic years.

“We are pleased to recommend Cal State Long Beach to readers of our book and users of our Web site [] as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president of publishing. “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. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools that rate and report on their campus experiences on our survey for the book.”