BusinessWeek Ranks College’s MBA Program
The UTSA College of Business was ranked as one of the top flex MBA programs in the nation by BusinessWeek in its biennial 2009 business school rankings. The MBA program was ranked fourth in the Southwest and 28th nationally. This is the second consecutive year that the college has been ranked by BusinessWeek
“The MBA is our signature program in the college, and we are honored to once again be included in the BusinessWeek rankings,” said Dr. Lynda de la Viña, dean of the college. “This ranking further validates the strength and quality of our MBA program. What is most impressive is that we were ranked highest in the categories based on student satisfaction and academic quality.”
The college ranked 10th in the student satisfaction category and received top marks for its teaching quality, caliber of classmates and curriculum. More than 99 schools participated in this year’s ranking.
BusinessWeek ranked the top five part-time MBA programs in six geographic regions. Schools included in the Southwest regional ranking were (1) Rice, (2) Southern Methodist University, (3) The University of Texas at Dallas, (4) The University of Texas at San Antonio and (5) The University of Texas at Austin.
Three measures were used to compile the rankings. First, a student survey was sent to part-time MBA students to measure general student satisfaction. Then, academic quality was assessed based on six equally weighted measures: average GMAT score, average work experience, percentage of tenured faculty teaching in the program, average class size, number of business electives available to part-time MBA students and the program’s completion rate. Finally, post-MBA outcomes such as advancement in current position, new jobs and attainment of career goals were determined based on survey responses.
The UTSA College of Business offers a portfolio of 26 graduate business programs that are known for their high quality and affordability, including the MBA, MBA International, Noon MBA and Executive MBA.
College Ranked No. 5 in the Nation by Hispanic Business
The UTSA College of Business has been ranked the No. 5 graduate business school in the nation for Hispanics by Hispanic Business in its September 2010 edition.
“We are honored to be recognized by Hispanic Business,” said Dr. Lynda de la Viña, dean of the UTSA College of Business. “This ranking speaks to the quality of our academic programming and the services that we provide our MBA students. It elevates the college into the upper echelon of business schools in the nation.”
This is the third year that the College of Business has been ranked in the top 10 and the 13th year that Hispanic Business has conducted its study. The rankings (in order) included UT El Paso, New York University, UT Austin, University of Miami, UTSA, University of New Mexico, Stanford University, Florida International University, Duke and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Hispanic Business ranked the top 10 universities nationally in business based on five criteria: enrollment of Hispanics, percentage of full-time Hispanic faculty members, availability of student support and services, retention rates and graduate program reputation.
Graduate Program Nationally Ranked by The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review has again named the UTSA College of Business one of the top 10 MBA programs providing the “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students.” The national ranking appeared in the 2010 edition of The Princeton Review and is the fifth year the college has been ranked.
The UTSA College of Business was ranked No. 5 and shared the spotlight with schools such as Howard University, Thunderbird, University of Michigan and University of Miami.
“Nationwide, MBA programs average only 10 percent minorities. UTSA is leading the nation with more than 36 percent of our graduate student body being minorities,” said Dr. Lynda de la Viña, dean of the college. “In addition, our faculty is diverse as well with 25 percent representing minority groups.”
The Princeton Review conducted surveys of 19,000 business students and received institutional data from universities to round out its rankings. Business schools were judged by those offering the greatest opportunity for minority students based on percentage of minority students, percentage of minority faculty and resources for minority students.
Briefcase Brigade Marches Away with First-Place Finish
For the third straight year, the UTSA College of Business Briefcase Brigade won first place in the amusements category during the San Antonio Battle of Flowers parade in April.
The brigade, composed of business faculty, staff, students and alumni, performed a “precision” briefcase dance routine to the song “Taking Care of Business.” The college’s entry also featured a large Roadrunner mascot and the UTSA cheerleaders. The group was led by Shavonne Conroy, singer, actress and daughter of former accounting faculty member Dr. Russell Briner.
Alumna Rosemary Falcon, ’84, traveled from Washington, D.C., to participate in the parade. She works in the UT System Office of Federal Relations in Washington.
Student participants were Cristy Borman, Juan Cabrera, Megan Chavez, Michele Garza, Marlena Gonzales, Miguel Hinojosa, Emily Jones, Patricia Lara, Nicole Munoz and Jose Velasco.
Faculty participants were Dean Lynda de la Viña, Keith Fairchild, Juan Gonzalez, Dan Hollas, Dennis Lopez, Lisa Montoya, Chino Rao, Yiuman Tse and Karen Williams.
Staff participants were Maureen Bird, Jennifer Courtney, Laura Earleywine, Wendy Frost, Lisa Gomez, Michele Jura, Mary Kalicki, Kim Kyle, Deryl Martin, Cheri McMaster, Elaine Miller, Peter Morales, Marjory Newman, Judy Olivarez, Kathy Pope, Eddie Salinas and Sandy Wenzel.
Real Estate Program Top in Texas
According to a recent study, the Real Estate Finance and Development program in the College of Business was ranked 28th in the world for its research productivity. UTSA was the top ranked real estate program in Texas.
The study, which examined more than 800 universities, was published in The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. It examined research publication page counts from 1973 to 2008 that appeared in The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research and Real Estate Economics.
The Real Estate Finance and Development program offers a bachelor’s degree in real estate finance and development, a master’s degree in construction science and management and graduate-level real estate finance concentrations. The comprehensive academic and professionally integrated program prepares students for careers managing businesses associated with real estate, and the planning, financing, developing and construction of building projects.