In this year’s edition of its college rankings, the Princeton Review deemed the University of Tennessee’s business school as an institution steeped in tradition and pride with caring teachers, an environment that promotes full student life, and the opportunity where students can get an excellent, affordable education.
Not its first year being in the review, UT joins a list of schools that the Princeton Review ranks as the best programs around the world in business education. The rankings work as a listing and indicate what student experience is like according to Princeton Review employees who survey multiple classes on campus.
Amy Cathey, executive director of the UT full-time MBA program, says that the listing gives the program an idea of what they are doing right and what they can do to improve for the future.
“Really the most interesting thing we do is look at the comments,” Cathey said. “We were really pleased with this review in that we could see that our students are having a good experience, and we hope that other perspective students can see the experience that UT offers.”
While the MBA program is honored for making Princeton Review’s list again, Cathey said that there are always things to take away from it that they can improve on.
“We always use it as continuous improvement,” Cathey said. “Their pretty quick to point out anything that they hear from students that is not necessarily positive so we were pleased though that in our write-up, it was mostly positive reviews from our students.”
Cathey said that with the MBA program being fairly small compared to others listed in the Princeton Review, it was nice to receive positive praise compared to those larger schools and programs.
“You really have the best of both worlds (with our program),” Cathey said. “You have small peer groups, small classes, faculty that spends time with you, and yet we have faculty that are a part of a major Tier 1 research university.”
Among the other praises in the write-up, UT was listed as having professors with lengthy experience working in the industry prior to teaching, and their lessons are well grounded in what takes place outside of academia. They also talked highly of the teacher’s accessibility to the students and the great outside connections that current students have the opportunity to make.
UT was also noted for having a diverse environment with 25 to 30 percent of the students in the business program being from Europe and Asia.
The Princeton Review comes out every three years with this write-up being there until 2016.
Edited by Maggie Jones