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College of Business recognized with six top rankings

Thursday, August 20 2015 12:00am

Ranked a distinguished 33rd on Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of Best Public Business Universities, the College of Business keeps on climbing ranking ladders. Already this year, it gained six important recognitions.

To kick the year off right, in January the College of Business earned two impressive honors. U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 Online Program rankings placed Ohio University’s Online MBA Program 89 overall, while the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) named Ohio University’s Center for Entrepreneurship the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program Award.

USASBE is nationally recognized as the premier association for entrepreneurship education and has ranked entrepreneurial programs since 1990. OHIO joins the winning ranks of premier programs including University of Tampa, University of North Carolina, and Kansas State University.

“The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Awards are extraordinarily competitive,” said Luke Pittaway, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. “It is an honor to be recognized out of the hundreds of colleges and universities represented by the USASBE and reflects the great strides we’ve made in increasing the reach of entrepreneurial education at Ohio University.”

In April, the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre was recognized by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF) as a “Top University for Professional Sales Education.”  SEF acknowledged the Centre’s approach to sales education, including professional development, innovative curriculum, and real world experience leading to positive student outcomes that elevate the sales profession.

“We are extremely proud of our legacy of professional sales education at Ohio University,” said Hugh Sherman, dean of Ohio University’s College of Business. “Since 1997 we have been a leader in sales education and are pleased to be recognized as one of the first – and consistently the best – professional sales centers in the country.”

In May, the College’s Masters in Sports Administration (MSA) program earned top honors from SportBusiness International. The Professional Masters in Sports Administration (PMSA) degree maintained its rank as the best online postgraduate sports course in the world for the second consecutive year. And the Masters in Sports Administration (MSA) program was named the best postgraduate sports course in the world for the third time in four years. For the first time, SportBusiness International also released rankings for undergraduate programs, where Ohio University came in at number two.

“Ohio University’s sports administration program is built on a 50-year legacy of academic excellence,” said Dr. Norm O’Reilly, chair of the Department of Sports Administration and Richard and Joan Fox Professor of Business at Ohio University’s College of Business. “We believe this latest ranking is a testament to the continued strength of our program, our response to increasing competition, and growth in our field.”

The rankings consider several measures, including employment statistics following graduation, student satisfaction, demographic makeup of the class, average salary three years after graduation, quality of teaching, and quality of alumni support. OHIO's MSA program placed first in the Graduates’ Choice and Average Salary for Graduates categories.

Let’s continue to climb the ladder of success together, as students, faculty, and staff, this fall. Go Bobcats!