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RU’s COBE named among best business schools in U.S.

Radford University’s College of Business and Economics (COBE) has been named one of the most outstanding business schools in the United States by The Princeton Review.

The education service company features COBE in its book, “The Best 295 Business Schools: 2014 Edition.”

The book features two-page profiles on each school with attention given to academics, student life and admissions. In the profile, The Princeton Review editors write “business is booming at Radford’s College of Business and Economics.”

“The Princeton Review’s announcement is a much deserved recognition for Radford University’s College of Business and Economics,” said President Penelope W. Kyle, whose degrees include an MBA from the College of William and Mary. “I can personally attest that earning a business degree provided me with many opportunities, and I know, firsthand, that talented and dedicated faculty and staff are the basis on which to build a successful business program. We have those faculty and staff, and we would not have achieved this recognition without their efforts.”

“We are once again honored and proud to be selected by The Princeton Review for the sixth year as one of the best business programs in the country,” said interim dean Dennis Grady. “It recognizes the hard work of our faculty and staff who put our students first, deliver a first rate curriculum and set high standards in everything we do in COBE.”

The school profiles in “The Best 295 Business Schools” have rating scores in five categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2012-13 academic year and/or its student survey for the book.  The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Rating categories are: academic experience, admissions selectivity, career, professors interesting and professors accessible. Among the ratings in the COBE profile are scores of 75 for “academic experience” and 79 for “professors interesting.”

The Princeton Review explains the basis for each rating score in the book and on its website at http://www.princetonreview.com/guide-business-ratings.aspx.

The Princeton Review does not rank business schools in its book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 295, or name one business school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 business schools in various categories. Ten lists are based entirely or partly on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 20,300 students attending the 295 business schools profiled in the book.

Conducted during the 2012-13, 2011-12, and 2010-11 academic years, the student surveys were completed online. Some lists, such as the “Best Career Prospects” list, use both student survey and institutional data. One list, “Toughest to Get Into,” is based solely on institutional data.

In 2012, COBE received re-affirmation of accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the hallmark of excellence in business education earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools.

In August, The Princeton Review named Radford as one of 138 institutions in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” edition. RU previously earned this recognition in The Princeton Review’s 2008-2012 regional listings. In February, Radford University was named as one of the Top 75 Public “Best Value Colleges” in the U.S. by The Princeton Review. For the past four years, RU also has ranked among The Princeton Review’s greenest colleges, for its commitment to building and maintaining a sustainable, environmentally friendly campus.