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IUP Business Graduate Program Ranked among Top in Nation by Students

The Eberly College of Business and Information Technology is one of fifteen graduate schools of business in the nation named to the Princeton Review’s second annual “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools.”

In its debut on the listing, IUP was included in two of the six categories: Marketing and General Operations.

The list appears in the April 2010 issue of Entrepreneur magazine.

“This prestigious honor for the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology clearly demonstrates the academic excellence of our business program and the high quality of the business faculty,” Dr. Tony Atwaterpresident of IUP, said.

“To be selected as one of the top fifteen in the nation is a true reflection of IUP and the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology’s national academic standing. The university takes great pride in the college’s continuing reputation for academic excellence.”

The “Student Opinion Honors” listing is created and compiled by the Princeton Review, an education services company. Each list names the fifteen graduate schools of business that were most highly rated by students evaluating their MBA programs.

Editors compiled the lists using data from the Princeton Review’s national survey of 19,000 MBA students attending 301 business schools profiled in its book Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition. IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology has been included in the Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools guidebook for six consecutive years.

The eighty-question survey asked students to report on classroom and campus experiences at their schools and rate their MBA programs in several areas.

“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.

“This most recent recognition truly reflects the quality of the student experience in Eberly, especially our outstanding faculty and our technologically advanced facilities.”

The Princeton Review 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. There are approximately 1,600 schools or colleges of business throughout the United States.

The Eberly College of Business 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. The latest addition is a digital production studio and lab, where students learn how to create and edit streaming video for training presentations and websites, Camp said.

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

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 the business schools in the United States and a limited number of schools internationally have earned AACSB International accreditation.

The “Student Opinion Honors” lists are posted on the Entrepreneur magazine website and the Princeton Review website.