Princeton Review includes CSUN business school in its top 301 list

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Csun’s College of Business and Economics is ranked in the top three hundred by the Princeton Review.

Deborah Cours, director of graduate and evening programs, said the school is very proud to be included in the Princeton Review for the fourth consecutive year.

“We focus relentlessly on quality of program, educational achievement of students and preparation for careers in business,” said William Jennings, dean of the College of Business and Economics.

The business program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools (AACSB) and includes many standards that schools have to meet, including quality of faculty and students, Cours said.

The business school has three formally impacted majors, which means they limit entry. Those majors are accounting, finance, and financial services. In order to declare those majors, a student must be a junior and meet a higher grade point average, Jennings said.

“The impaction helps to improve the overall quality of the students in business,” Jennings said.

The business school also has good relationships with all the community colleges in the area, so advisors know which classes to recommend to students so they do not have any problems transferring, Jennings said.

About a year ago, the school outsourced one of the business classes, business communication, to the English department. It is now English 205 because the department thought the students would learn more that way.

It is unusual for a department to do that, Jennings said.

The internship program has also been expanded in the past few years, which helps provide students with another glimpse into the real world, Jennings said.

“The MBA program has long been a high quality program and the last five years we have strived to let everyone know that,” Cours said.

The graduate program provides students with real world experience. Students used to be required to take an exam at the end, but now they do a group-consulting project where they solve a real problem for a real company, Jennings said.

There is no job that is an exam-taker, Jennings said.

There are other reasons why the CSUN business program is ranked so high, besides the faculty and students.

CSUN is one of the only schools to have a full business law program that offers a wide variety of courses and a number of advanced topics such as commercial law, said Michael Chaplin, business law professor.

Chaplin said he credits the highly credentialed professors as why the business school is ranked so high. He says the professors are committed to research and publishing their work in well-respected journals.

Students like the fact that the business school has smaller classes. It helps you learn a lot, said senior Karina Tover, economics major.

The school also has a lot of part-time faculty that has real world experience, and students like this aspect of the school. Many of them are executives in the industry, Jennings said.

“In my mind it’s more beneficial,” said senior Trever Dinovitz.

Dinovitz, management major, said he knew people that went to other schools such as USC and he found that he was taking the same type of classes.

Marketing Professor Bruce Lammers said the quality of the alumni has helped the rankings as well.

The business program is also looking toward the future. They have recently added a Master of Science in taxation and in the fall they will be launching a

Master of Science in accountancy, Jennings said.

As for the undergraduate program, the business school plans on adding some more scholarships, he said.

“We strive very hard to eliminate bottlenecks with students in path of graduation and to improve retention,” Jennings said.