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Eberly Makes 2011 “Best Business Schools” Guidebook

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Eberly College of Business and Information Technology is included in the Princeton Review’s “Best 300 Business Schools,” 2011 edition.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Eberly College has been selected for this annual guidebook.

The guidebook accepts no advertising dollars and uses independent surveys from current students, recent graduates, and college officials to determine which colleges and universities merit inclusion. This year’s publication is a reflection of interviews with more than 18,000 business students from across the nation. There are approximately 1,600 business schools or colleges throughout the United States.

“Being ranked consistently among the top business schools in the nation speaks volumes about our programs, our strong reputation, and the commitment and expertise of our faculty and staff,” Dr. Robert Camp, dean of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, said.

“The Eberly College has outstanding faculty and one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the country, with more than six hundred work stations, eight computing labs, and high-tech classrooms throughout the building."

The facility includes a forty-four-station financial trading room, which allows students to create hypothetical portfolios and track all purchase and sales transactions in order to gauge performance and document trading strategies.

“Both faculty and students can conduct research using real-time data from markets all over the world,” Camp said.

The latest additions at Eberly are a digital production studio and lab, where students learn how to create and edit streaming video for training presentations and websites, Camp said.

Guidebook editors quoted students as saying that “IUP’s MBA program is large enough to be widely recognized by employers, yet small enough to allow for many one-on-one learning experiences.”

Editors also noted that students recognized IUP’s numerous partnerships with overseas schools as providing international exposure and offering “a great fit for international students, since it offers a diverse academic program and environment with the opportunity to interact with students from different parts of the world” as well as executive Master of Business Administration programs at urban locations in greater Pittsburgh.

In April, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology was one of fifteen graduate schools of business in the nation named to the Princeton Review’s second annual “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools.” The listing was featured in the April issue of Entrepreneur magazine.

Eberly College achieved accreditation of its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Business Administration from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International in May 2001.

Fewer than one-third of business schools in the United States and a limited number of schools internationally have earned AACSB International accreditation.

In August, IUP was recognized as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes magazine; it was one of only twenty-three Pennsylvania colleges and universities chosen for this third annual listing. This accolade followed IUP’s selection, for the seventeenth year in a row, as one of the nation’s top doctoral universities by U.S. News & World Report. IUP also is included in the rankings of the magazine’s “Best Colleges” 2011 edition and is one of its top 262 national doctoral universities. There are 130 four-year accredited colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and 2,343 in the United States.

In July, IUP celebrated its tenth consecutive year of inclusion in the Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” guidebook and selection as a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review guidebook editors for the second year in a row.