Tennessee Tech named in Princeton Review’s "Best 301 Business Schools"

Posted by Karen Lykins - Thursday, October 08 2009
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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 7, 2009) — Calling Tennessee Tech University’s MBA program “flexible, affordable and student-oriented,” The Princeton Review lists TTU’s College of Business as one of the “Best 301 Business Schools” in the nation in its 2010 guidebook released yesterday.

TTU’s MBA program description focuses on the practical and interactive learning students receive through research, case studies, computer simulation, business mentoring, workshops, and consulting assignments. Student surveys, which play a large role in determining the list, consistently mentioned cutting edge classes and solid preparation in finance, accounting, general management, computer skills and doing business in a global economy.

“We are honored to once again be chosen as one of the elite MBA programs in the country,” said Bob Wood, associate dean of TTU’s College of Business. “This selection is a reflection of the dedication and hard work of our faculty and staff.”

In the guidebook’s profile, the College of Business receives high praise for the environment it provides for traditional students and working professionals alike, whether on campus or online. Highlights include a number of extracurricular activities aimed at graduate business students, including the MBA Association, study abroad programs, an investment challenge course and the Rural Economic Development Conference.

“Professors encourage professional growth by designing classes to build teamwork among students in a global atmosphere,” said one TTU student in a survey.

Students also have the opportunity to augment their education by working at the school’s external-focused centers, designed to transfer technology and knowledge from the school community to the business world. These include the BusinessMedia Center, the J.E. Owen Center for Information Technology Research and the Small Business Development Center.

In the MBA program’s employment profile, 80 percent of graduates were employed at graduation; 95 percent were employed three months after graduation. The top employers hiring TTU College of Business graduates are Nissan; FedEx; Tennessee Valley Authority; HCA Corp.; Lattimore, Black, Morgan and Cain P.C.; and Kraft CPAs.

The Princeton Review compiled the list based on 19,000 students attending the 301 business schools in the book and on school-reported data. The ranking lists are based on surveys of business school students during the 2008-09, 2007-08, and 2006-07 academic years. On average, 65 students at each business school were surveyed for the lists in the 2010 edition. The 80-question survey asked students about their school's academics, student body and campus life, themselves, and their career plans.

The Princeton Review does not rank schools academically or hierarchically in its guidebooks.

"We don't believe one business school is 'best' overall,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of the Princeton Review. “We report rankings in 11 categories and we tally them largely from our unique student surveys to help applicants decide which of these academically outstanding schools will be the best match for them."

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