Oswego among best business schools in U.S.

Oswego State has been named in the Princeton Review’s "The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 edition" for its Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-accredited programs which includes the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

MBA Program Director Tammie Sullivan, said the ranking is of "the up most importance."

"Our program and learning assessments are constantly under review," Sullivan said. "It makes sure that the program is accredited."

Oswego State’s School of Business previously received recognition for its programs in "Entrepreneur’s" April 2009 issue. In an article containing Princeton Review’s "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools," the School of Business was named as one of the 15 best graduate schools worldwide.

The School of Business first launched a Master of Science in Management (MSc) program, which focuses on management in a specific concentration or area, in the late 1990s. The program was converted to an MBA program, a more familiar program to employers and offers a general degree in business, as well as specific concentrations.

"I believe that Oswego is one of only two colleges in the SUNY system, other than university centers, which offers the MBA degree," said Accounting Professor Charles Spector. "We fought very hard with the university centers to get permission to offer this degree."

Since the introduction of the program, Richard J. Skolnik, dean of the School of Business, said he witnessed an increase in student enrollment.

About 75 students were enrolled in the program in the spring of 2009. There are currently about 110 students enrolled in the program and about 40 that are currently in the process of applying.

The program has also utilized online courses which were launched in the spring of 2000, to enable international students and professionals to obtain their business degrees. The part-time program has been moved from the Oswego campus to the Metro Center in downtown Syracuse for professionals to enroll in classes while working in the Syracuse metropolitan area. The School of Business also offers a five-year program in accounting and a five-year program in psychology.

As the program continues to grow and thrive, it is no surprise to faculty that Oswego continues to be named in the Princeton Review’s top business schools list.

"I think that’s indicative of the quality of instruction and the level of interaction that students have with faculty members," said Skolnik. "It really is a culture of faculty, students and alumni that help to create a strong program."