Town & Gown: Princeton ranks JSU’s MBA program among best
This article was written by Emil Loeken, a graduate assistant in the Jacksonville State University Office of Public Relations

Jacksonville State University has an outstanding Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Not only does the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredit the program, but it is also listed in Princeton Review’s edition of their annual Best Business Schools guidebook.

The Princeton Review, established in 1981 to assist students achieving their aspirations through education, considers JSU one of the nation’s best institutions students could attend to earn their MBA. The 296 schools featured in the book are carefully selected based on their academic programs and reviewed institutional data.

According to The Best 296 Business Schools, “the blend of affordable tuition and an excellent location makes Jacksonville State University a good pick for penny-wise professionals in Northern Alabama. Despite the low cost, this public school maintains a high academic standard with its program designed to cover business fundamentals, while also addressing the international business environment and changing business technologies.”

The Princeton Review queried 19,000 students from the 296 schools featured. The survey asked questions about many facets of both academics and campus life. The findings show that both past and current students enjoy being Gamecocks.

JSU respondents said their instructors treat them as well-prepared professionals and not as simple students. One student added that the “business school and all of its staff know who you are and where you are coming from; it is like a big family where you gather knowledge and meet friends.” Another said, “The school’s administration is always able and willing to take care of any needs you may have.”

Dr. William Fielding, Dean, College of Commerce and Business Administration, is proud of the program’s recognition.

“The Princeton Review only looks at AACSB accredited schools, which equals less than five percent of business programs worldwide, so this means a lot to our institution,” Dr. Fielding said. “Making it to Princeton Review’s The Best 296 Business Schools means that we have an excellent and professionally recognized program to people around the globe.”

Dr. Fielding believes much of the program’s success rests with JSU’s great faculty.

“With AACSB, your faculty has to be academically and professionally qualified. Achieving such is not a matter of just having a degree; your faculty must stay current with all the latest research and teaching responsibilities. The faculty must also maintain its competence in areas such as intellectual contributions and professional development, and must continue to publish” Dr. Fielding said. “As a result, our students have a great advantage when looking for jobs since many employers tend to only recruit graduates from AACSB accredited schools.”

Besides continually being listed among Princeton Review’s top universities, JSU’s MBA program was rated as the nation’s second best in opportunities for women in 2006 and 2007.

Additionally, GetEducated.com has ranked the online MBA program at JSU eleventh out of 139 on their list of the nation’s best online MBA programs.

“I believe the great rating is a result of our program’s high quality and its low cost,” Dr. Fielding said. “Our tuition is very reasonable compared with most other business programs around the country. Our online MBA costs $12,690, whereas the average cost of an AACSB accredited online MBA is $36,166.”

If you are interested in learning more about JSU’s MBA program, please visit www.jsu.edu/ccba/mba/index.html or call the College of Graduate Studies at 256-782-5329.
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