October 16, 2015

College of Business earns national recognition

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business has once again earned national recognition as one of “The Best 295 Business Schools” in the nation, as ranked by the Princeton Review. 

The publication doesn’t rank schools within the listings but SIU also earned a spot among Princeton’s top 61 Best Business Schools in the Midwest. 

“Rankings don’t tell the whole story, but they do provide us feedback on how our programs are perceived, relative to others. We believe that our inclusion on these lists reflects our commitment to providing students with access to outstanding academic programs and services aimed at their professional development and career success,” Jason Greene, interim dean and Henry J. Rehn Professor of Finance, said. 

The Princeton Review compiled the rankings on the basis of 80-question surveys completed by 22,000 students, and data collected about the business colleges and the universities during the preceding three school years. The surveys collected input about a number of factors including academics, the student body, campus life and the career plans of participants. The company also takes into account various institutional data including admissions selectivity and career statistics that include the employment and starting salaries of graduates. 

“The Best 295 Business Schools,” published by Penguin Random House, is one of a number of Princeton Review books featuring ranking lists.  

“The schools we selected for these guides all offer academically outstanding degrees:  we recommend them highly,” Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review, said. 

Each of the ranked business schools has a profile featured in the book, complete with facts about the college.  For instance, SIU’s profile notes that the student to faculty ratio in the College of Business is 4:1. 

Also included are comments from students, who say that the affordable tuition and strong academic programs make SIU a “smart pick.”  Students compliment SIU for encouraging collaborative learning, for having professors who are “recognized worldwide for their research” but who “typically have an open door policy for students.” 

Survey participants also praised SIU’s College of Business for offering many programs, such as the Saluki Student Investment Fund, which provide real-world business experience, as well as for connecting students to internship, externship and study abroad learning experiences. 

SIU’s College of Business has earned recognition numerous times from the Princeton Review.  

In addition, the college also recently earned a spot among the Top 50 Best Online MBA Programs list compiled by the online business education and career guide “Top Management Degrees.” The programs are chosen for this list on the basis of other well-known rankings and additional data including program cost and average annual salary of graduates.