NAU featured in Princeton Review’s ‘Best 282 Business Schools’

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The master’s in business administration program at Northern Arizona University, with its collaborative environment and integrated studies, is listed in The Princeton Review’s Best 282 Business Schoolsguide for 2007.

The Princeton Review is a New York-based education services company. It compiled the list based on surveys of 18,000 students attending the 282 business schools profiled in the guide, and on institutional data from the schools.

NAU’s 10-month compressed MBA program, its focus on organizational processes that provide customer value, integrated studies, collaborative environment and stunning scenery are cited in the two-page NAU profile.

“We are extremely proud of the national exposure this brings to our high-quality business program,” saidMason Gerety, dean of NAU’s College of Business Administration. “It provides outside validation of what we have known for a long time; that the College of Business at Northern Arizona University is among the nation’s elites.”

The school profiles include ratings for academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the profile on NAU, The Princeton Review editors describe the school as providing personalized career development. They quote from students who say “the entire curriculum stresses a teamwork environment, integrated studies, topical issues, and plenty of case studies.”

NAU’s students give the faculty a thumbs-up, noting that “we have some excellent professors who are well known in the academic world.”

Another plus cited for the NAU business school was the new 110,000-square-foot College of Business Administration building, complete with eight breakout rooms, 20 team-meeting rooms and the number of network-ready spaces.

“We chose schools for this book based on 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,” said Robert Franek, a vice president in publishing for The Princeton Review. “We are pleased to recommend Northern Arizona University to readers of our book and users of our web site as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 282, or name one business school best overall. The book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 business schools in various categories.

The lists also are posted at Ten lists are based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 18,000 students attending the 282 business schools profiled in the book. Conducted during the 2005-06, 04-05 and 03-04 academic years, the student surveys were done primarily online.