Cal State East Bay's business college among best in nation

  • November 21, 2008

By Kristofer Noceda
The Daily Review
Updated: 11/09/2008


HAYWARD - Cal State East Bay's business college continues to be among the best in the nation.

For the third consecutive year, the university's College of Business and Economics has been selected for inclusion in the Princeton Review's book, "Best 296 Business Schools."

"Anytime an external group looks at your program and gives recognition, (it) is a real boost," said Terri Swartz, the college's dean. "It signifies what you are doing, and that you are doing quality work."

The Princeton Review - a top evaluator of universities and colleges - also recognized the university as a whole in August for the fifth straight year as a "Best in the West" college.

The business and economics college was recognized for its "excellent assortment of specializations to choose from," according to its evaluation by the Princeton Review.

At the college, students are able to choose from 14 programs, including options in accounting, business economics, entrepreneurship, management, computer information systems, and human resources management.

The college plans to introduce a new master's degree in accounting and revise its current Master of Business Administration program by fall 2009, Swartz said.

"We're always looking for continuous improvements," she said. "We're going to continue to build our programs and move forward."

Robert Franek, vice president and publisher of the Princeton Review, said schools are selected based on their regard for the colleges academic programs and other offerings, institutional data collected, and opinions of students attending the school.

During its evaluation, The Princeton Review said that students "report that the professors are great in supply chain management and use case studies that are oriented on real-life situations and say that the accounting program is superb."

That hands-on learning is what helps make the college stand out, Swartz said.

"We have an applied program and it's not just sitting in the classroom and learning theory," she said. "We like to show how it applies in business today."

The "Best 296 Business Schools" is available in bookstores.


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