SUNY Oswego School of Business Named to 2011 ‘Best 300’ List

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO — The SUNY Oswego School of Business earned a spot on a respected list of the best 300 graduate schools of business.

The Princeton Review’s annual guide named the School of Business among “The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition.” It’s the seventh consecutive year the school has made the publication’s list of top graduate business schools.

An education services company not affiliated with Princeton University, The Princeton Review cited the School of Business for small class sizes, professor-student interaction, team activities, knowledgeable faculty and engaged alumni, among other measures.

“It’s a testament to the dedication of our faculty, the engagement of our students and the active involvement of our alumni,” said School of Business Dean Richard Skolnik, who pointed out the school has made the list each year since it began as the “Best 143” MBA-awarding schools in 2005.

The Princeton Review surveys only AACSB-certified, MBA-awarding schools of business. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business challenges its accredited institutions to maintain high standards and to continuously improve.

Spirit of engagement

The dean noted that campus-community-alumni interaction is crucial to School of Business value and achievement. The school just held its annual alumni symposium, inviting 10 accomplished professionals to campus to interact with students and faculty.

“There is a triangulation of contact that is established among students, faculty and alumni,” Skolnik said. “It’s that culture of engagement that is passed on from one class year of students to another.”

The spirit of engagement benefits the Oswego community, as well:

* Students help residents with tax returns as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

* SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) is working with PathFinder Bank to launch financial literacy classes on campus. SIFE also is working with alumna Ginny Donahue of Syracuse to organize the annual gala of On Point for College, which helps first-generation college students get into school, stay there and succeed afterward.

* The Phi Beta Lambda student business organization will help Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County with its annual fundraiser.

* SIFE and Beta Alpha Psi, an honor society for accounting and finance students, enter business competitions where student projects often can help real-world organizations. SIFE soon will bus 50 students to Philadelphia for a regional competition — the chapter won regional events in Cleveland in 2009 and this spring — and Beta Alpha Psi has fielded winning team members at the national level two years running.