EMU College of Business labeled 'outstanding' for eighth consecutive year in Princeton Review's listing of nation's top 294 business schools.

by Geoff Larcom, Published October 20, 2011

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University's College of Business is an "outstanding" business school, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Eastern in the new 2012 edition of its book, "The Best 294 Business Schools."

"This recognition, for the eighth consecutive year, validates that our faculty are truly providing a top-quality education for our students," said David Mielke, dean of EMU's College of Business.  "It is not just stating that we are innovative, applied and global, but actually delivering an education that integrates these important business concepts in the curriculum for our graduates.  It also is important to note that our Ethos program, with an emphasis on business ethics, is the foundation for all we do."

The Princeton Review compiled the lists based on its surveys of 19,000 students attending the 294 business schools in the book, as well as on school-reported data. The entire list is at http://www.PrincetonReview.com

Comments about Eastern Michigan's College of Business in the book included:

  • "EMU offers an affordable, flexible and very student-oriented MBA program, Eastern Michigan University is a public school with a contemporary touch."
  • "Within the two-year MBA, Eastern Michigan excels at staying current with business trends and developing a program aimed directly at reaching higher placement in the workforce."
  • "The innovative curriculum integrates fundamental business areas with contemporary business topics such as global knowledge, innovation, analytical skills, ethics and critical thinking."
  • "Course content is extremely current with a pointed focus on preparing students ... through exposure to business and industry."

Students quoted in the book say that EMU may very well be "the most practical and project-centric program in Michigan."

The program offers the opportunity to specialize in contemporary fields such as e-business, entrepreneurship, international business, and nonprofit management in addition to traditional fields such as marketing and supply chain management.

A current student enthuses, "There is an open environment in each classroom to share your work experience and how it relates to topics and ask other opinions as well."

EMU's MBA programs are appropriate to students in every stage of their career, and classes can be taken full-time, part-time, online, or through a hybrid of online and in- class coursework.

For working professionals, the campus provides "ease of access from Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Toledo," as well as "offerings online and at extended locations," a student says.

A current student notes, "The business school definitely works for working, older students like myself. Classes don't start until 6:30 p.m., so I have time to drive from work."

The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 294.

The EMU College of Business has approximately 2,500 undergraduate students pursuing one of 12 majors and 845 graduate students pursuing either an MBA, Masters of Information Systems, Masters of Integrated Marketing Communications, Masters of Human Resources and Organizational Development or Masters of Accounting.

To learn more about the College of Business, please visit the website at http://www.cob.emich.edu/

The book is sold by Random House/Princeton Review and went on sale this month for $22.99.




Geoff Larcom



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