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PCSB rockets up business school rankings

The Providence College School of Business shot up 34 spots to No. 75 on Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of the top undergraduate business programs, the magazine has announced.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment, especially given that we only became a separate school in 2007,” said Dr. Sylvia Maxfield, dean of the business school. “It is a collective accomplishment thanks to the efforts of faculty, staff, students, and alumni.”

Businessweek ranked the 132 schools on several factors: a survey of graduating seniors; academic quality, measured by criteria such as average SAT score of incoming freshmen and percent of students in business internships; and a survey of recruiters at 301 business employers.

PCSB had the sharpest rise of any school on the ranking this year, thanks to an improved employer survey score, according to the magazine.

“PCSB students have a great reputation with employers,” said Maxfield, who was named dean of the school in 2012. “One of our three main strategic goals is employer engagement, and this is wonderful progress toward our metrics in that area.”

Another strategic goal centers on the student experience, she said. PCSB has inaugurated the Ruane Center for Business Education Innovation, which is holding its first conference this weekend for faculty around New England. The school has also established a fellowship program to allow students to work with faculty to design and implement novel teaching approaches for business courses. 

The College established the School of Business in 2007 as part of the 12-year process of pursuing accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). The school, which encompasses the undergraduate departments of accountancy, finance, management, and marketing, and the graduate M.B.A. Program, became accredited in 2012.


Liz F. Kay


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