RIT Executive MBA Program Excels in Student Survey
Feb. 6, 2001
by Paul Stella
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The Executive MBA (EMBA) program at Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Business has received a resounding endorsement from its recent graduates. The results of an annual exit survey, conducted last May, evaluating student satisfaction indicate that RIT's program outperforms those offered by the nation's other top business schools.
RIT was among 38 universities nationally to participate in the survey, which rated perceptions of executive MBA students regarding curriculum, teaching methods, faculty and administration. In nearly every category, RIT scored well above the overall average and received a perfect score for course interconnection and class size. Annual enrollment in RIT's program is limited to 25 to 30 students.
From the list of participating universities, the survey also broke out a composite score for six of the premier executive MBA programsóCase Western, Michigan State, Rensselaer Polyechnic Institute, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania and University of Southern California.
The combined average responses of students from these peer programs were also below the RIT scores. In judging overall performance, 92 percent of RIT's EMBA students rated the program as excellent. That compares to 83 percent of students from the peer programs and 71 percent of students from all schools participating in the survey.
"To have an across-the-board top rating, on every dimension, is overwhelming," says Tom Hopkins, College of Business dean. "Coupled with U.S. News & World Report naming our undergraduate program among the nation's top 50, the results of the EMBA survey provides more compelling evidence on the excellence of the College of Business."
Administrators plan to use the results to further enhance recruitment efforts at the College of Business. The survey was conducted by AACSB, an international organization that accredits business schools, and the Executive MBA Council. This is the third year that RIT has participated.
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