ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College School of Business has again been included among the top business schools in the nation in a listing compiled by the Princeton Review. The education services company features the school’s Master of Business Administration degree programs in the 2011 edition of “The Best 300 Business Schools” — the fifth straight year Ithaca has been so recognized.
“We chose the 300 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president of publishing. “We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools, who rate and report on their campus experiences.”
Ithaca is also among only 66 schools in the book to appear on one of its ranking lists, coming in at #9 for “best campus environment.”
“We are proud and pleased that students in our MBA programs once again rated the faculty, courses and facilities so positively,” said Mary Ellen Zuckerman, dean of the School of Business. “The directors of our MBA programs, professors Don Eckrich and Joanne Burress, as well as the faculty teaching the classes, work hard to ensure that our graduate students have an outstanding educational experience.”
The Princeton Review’s 80-question survey asked students about themselves, their career plans and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life. The book’s profile of Ithaca College notes that its students were most in agreement that they get solid preparation in finance, presentation skills, quantitative skills and doing business in a global economy.
Among other positives, Ithaca students praised the “hands-on teaching philosophy” of the faculty and the quality of the facilities: “Everything from the smart boards in the classrooms — which help make articulating difficult accounting concepts much easier — to the trading room is state-of-the-art.”
Students 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.
Accredited by AACSB International, the Ithaca College School of Business is housed in the Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise, the first facility for a college or university business school in the world to earn platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
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