ITHACA, NY—The Ithaca College School of Business is one of the nation’s outstanding business schools, according to Princeton Review. The education services company features the school’s Master of Business Administration degree programs in its just-published 2007 edition of the “Best 282 Business Schools.”
According to Robert Franek, vice president of publishing for Princeton Review, the selections for the book were based upon “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. We are pleased to recommend the Ithaca College School of Business to readers of our book and users of our website as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA,” said Franek.
Students in Ithaca’s graduate program can choose between an MBA in business administration and an MBA in professional accountancy. These intensive programs both provide instruction in management; the latter focuses on such elements of accounting as taxation and business law principles. “Best 282 Business Schools” has two-page profiles of each school, with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, along with ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services.
Susan West Engelkemeyer, dean of the School of Business, said she was delighted that the school had attained its first-ever profile in the guidebook. While Princeton Review does not rank the schools on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 282, the book does feature ranking lists of the top 10 business schools in various categories.
“Our ranking of number six in the ‘best administered’ category is a tribute to Professor Donald Eckrich, our MBA Program Director, and Wendy Fonder, our MBA Program Assistant,” said Engelkemeyer. “They have worked hard to systematically identify and address student concerns. And our faculty have implemented a comprehensive learning outcomes assessment system that ensures our students possess the knowledge and skills that we have identified in our mission.”
Peter Bardaglio, provost and vice president for academic affairs, says Engelkemeyer deserves kudos herself. “Dean Engelkemeyer’s leadership has been truly impressive,” said Bardaglio. “Since the first day on the job, she has focused on how to improve the quality of students’ experiences in the School of Business. This news confirms what we all know: Susan is one of the most effective administrators in higher ed today.”
This is a particularly appropriate time for the School of Business to earn this recognition. A new building for the school is currently under construction that will provide students with a facility that will foster collaborative learning and serve as a working laboratory for sustainable enterprise. The new building will seek the highest certification in the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program run by the U.S. Green Building Council. On the student front, in the 2006 national scholar competition sponsored by the Sigma Iota Epsilon management honorary society, four of the seven winners were Ithaca students.
The School of Business is accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. About 30 full- and part-time students are enrolled in the MBA programs, while about 600 students are enrolled in the undergraduate bachelor of science degree programs in business administration or accounting. For more information on the school, visit www.ithaca.edu/business.