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UHV business school earns spot on Princeton Review list

The University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration’s Master of Business Administration program once again was recognized as one of the best in the nation.

Farhang Niroomand

The Princeton Review included the school in its The Best 295 Business Schools, which will be printed in the 2016 edition. The list is made up of schools across the nation and a few from other countries. The schools must be accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business to be eligible. The UHV School of Business Administration has been included on the best schools list since 2007.

“It is an honor to again be included in the Princeton Review,” said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the school. “Our focus is always on excellence and serving the needs of our students, and it is gratifying to receive external recognition for those efforts.”

The Princeton Review puts together an annual list of the best business schools in the nation and a few in other countries based on basic information reported by the schools – enrollment, student-to-teacher ratios and the number of female, male and minority students – and surveys of the schools’ students. That information is used to create ratings for the schools in up to five criteria.

The school’s inclusion in the list for nine years is a telling sign of the success of the MBA program, said Stephanie Solansky, a UHV associate professor of management and chair of the School of Business Administration Management & Marketing Department.

Stephanie Solansky

“It’s nice to see that the programs our faculty has worked so hard to put together are valued by our students,” she said. “We are always trying to make the programs flexible and accessible to serve the needs of students who are working toward an MBA at different points in their lives, and I am glad to know that is appreciated.”

The UHV School of Business Administration was rated in all five criteria areas: admissions, academic experience, interesting professors, accessible professors and career. The school’s profile, which will be published in the review, includes excerpts from the students’ surveys.

When referring to academics, students said the school’s “high-quality programs are convenient and affordable.” Professors are said to be “very helpful, professional, courteous, caring, fair and highly knowledgeable in their areas of study.”

When discussing the university’s career services options, students mentioned that many in the MBA program already are employed and are seeking a boost in their current careers. While career placement programs may not be necessary for many students, the university still offers helpful resources, including career fairs and resume workshops, in addition to email notifications of job, internship and training opportunities. Students also said being part of the program offers continuous “opportunities to network and build professional relationships.”

Students also expressed a sense of pride in their school, saying they expect a high degree of professionalism from their professors and administrators as well as their fellow students. The student population is described as being “very diverse” with a “wide variety of ages, experience levels and backgrounds.”

For more information, see the UHV School of Business Administration’s profile at www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings/best-business-schools.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as a teaching center in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities, and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.