MBA program highlighted as great opportunity for minorities

For the second year in a row, Entrepreneur Magazine has highlighted the University of Houston-Victoria's Master of Business Administration program as one of the Top 5 Greatest Opportunities for Minorities.


An article in the April edition ranks UHV's School of Business Administration second out of 290 accredited business schools evaluated, Executive Editor Maria Valdez said. UHV held the same position on the list last year. Each year, Entrepreneur Magazine publishes business school rankings in different categories from the book "290 Best Business Schools" published annually by Princeton Review.


Other lists include Best Classroom Experience, Best Professors and Most Competitive Students.


UHV's ranking on the Greatest Opportunities for Minorities list was based on school data, including what percentage of the faculty and students come from a minority background, and surveys of students, said Ben Zelevansky, director of data collection for Princeton Review.


Students from 290 accredited business schools responded on a scale of one to five to questions about how minority friendly schools were and how much the schools support minority contributions and career-based needs.


"American entrepreneurs today regularly engage in commerce with firms in Mexico, India, China and faraway corners of the world," said Charles Bullock, dean of the School of Business Administration. "Strong diversity among our faculty and students better prepares our graduates for the reality of today's business environment."


UHV President Tim Hudson credited the strong diversity and diversity friendliness in part to the university's international perspective. The university offers one of the country's few Global MBA programs, which teaches students how to conduct business across national borders. The university also has relationships with universities in China, Mexico and other countries.


The designation is particularly relevant now as UHV increases its efforts to recruit more Hispanic students, he said.


"This rapidly growing part of our population has been historically underrepresented in college classrooms and corporate boardrooms," Hudson said. "This recognition is another powerful sign that UHV is in a strong position to help remedy that situation and enable more people than ever to find their part of the American dream."


The information about business schools is of special interest to the readers of Entrepreneur Magazine, which has a circulation of 600,000.


"If you are an entrepreneur, you are always looking to increase your knowledge," Valdez said. "We want to show them which schools have great MBA programs. It's a great way to increase their business knowledge and just help them grow their businesses."


The April edition is available on newsstands.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs 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 an instructional site in Katy, Texas, 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.

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