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Family-friendly PSU lands on national top-5 list

November 02, 2012 12:00AM

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Pittsburg State University’s Kelce College of Business comes in at number 5 on the Princeton Review’s 2013 list of the most family friendly schools in the United States. The list was recently published in the Review’s 2013 Edition of “The Best 296 Business Schools.”

The top family friendly business school on the Review’s list was Brigham Young, followed by Dartmouth, Indiana University-Bloomington, Penn State, Pittsburg State, College of William and Mary, University of Notre Dame, Duke, Cornell and the University of California-Berkeley.

Paul Grimes, dean of the Kelce College of Business, said the Review’s high ranking of the college on it family-friendly list is in line with the university’s overall reputation as a campus that cares about its students.

“The Kelce College of Business’ reputation as a family friendly school is a reflection of the Pittsburg State University character as a whole,” said Dean Paul Grimes. “Led by a dedicated team of faculty who are committed to helping students succeed, the Kelce College of Business is a family within the larger Pitt State family. The student responses bear that out.”

The Review quoted students who said, “Students can develop a very personal relationship with professors...who will often go above and beyond to help students succeed.”

PSU President Steve Scott said the student comments about their close relationships with faculty and staff stem from historic core values that the university works hard to maintain.

“We remind ourselves continually that students and their success are at the heart of everything we do,” Scott said. “That is true in the Kelce College of Business and in every department and college on campus.”

Mike Muoghalu, director of the MBA program, said students from the region as well as students from around the world find themselves at home in the Kelce College of Business.

“The Kelce College of Business is a global melting pot,” Muoghalu said. “The family friendly nature of the college helps students feel at home whether they came from across the state or across the ocean.”

The Review noted that diversity, writing, “In addition to attracting a fairly large international population, the school’s proximity to the borders of Missouri and Oklahoma makes it a viable and excellent choice for students in these neighboring states. Together, students get a nice mix of regional culture and international perspectives.”

To compile their lists, the Review surveyed more than 19,000 students and collected data from university administrators. For the Family Friendly category, the Review examined student answers to survey questions concerning how happy married students are, how many students have children, how helpful the school is to students with children, and how much the school does for spouses of students.

The Princeton Review (http://www.princetonreview.com) is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, Mass. It is known for its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring services, and line of 150 books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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