OGDEN, Utah – For the fifth consecutive year, Weber State University’s John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics is included in the Princeton Review’s list of best business schools.
The Massachusetts-based education services company has selected the Goddard School’s Master of Business Administration program for inclusion in the 2012 edition of its book “The Best 294 Business Schools,” which is available at bookstores throughout the United States.
“This is a validation that our MBA program is one of the best in the country,” said Jeff Steagall, dean of the Goddard School. “We know that, but not everyone thinks about Weber State University as an MBA destination.”
Steagall noted that WSU offers graduate-level programs in contract management, information systems and technology and environmental sustainability and soon will offer one in aerospace management. “Not all schools have that, and there aren’t many as oriented toward the community as we are here,” he said.
Steagall lauded the work of Matt Mouritsen, academic director of the MBA program, and Mark Stevenson, the program’s enrollment director. “They deserve a lot of credit for developing the relationships with the community and learning what we need to be doing, and they went out and did the work to make it happen,” he said.
The Princeton Review does not create overall rankings of the business schools. Instead, it lists the top 10 schools in 11 categories based on surveys of 19,000 students attending the schools. Among the categories are “Toughest to Get Into,” “Best Classroom Experience” and “Best Professors.”
Students were asked in the 80-question survey about their school’s academics, student body and campus life, themselves and their career plans. Some of the rankings factored in school-reported data. The tallies used data from surveys during the past three academic years. Each school’s two-page profile in the book includes information about admissions, academics, financial aid, campus life and career information.
The positive responses expressed by WSU students in the surveys are particularly satisfying. “The focus here is on the students, trying to serve them well and developing special kinds of relationships that you don’t get at all universities,” Steagall said. “I’m proud that we think a lot about what we do and how we do it.”
The Goddard School debuted in the 2008 edition of the Princeton Review list.
The Princeton Review is known for its classroom and online test-preparation courses, education programs, tutoring services, and more than 150 books published by Random House. The Princeton Review is not a magazine and it is not affiliated with Princeton University.
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