CBA program honored

By Bonnie Paresa

Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Administration has been nationally honored by the Princeton Review once again.

Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Administration has been nationally honored by the Princeton Review once again.

The college’s graduate business programs were included on the Princeton Review’s “Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition.” The college has been honored by the company multiple times. Other accolades include recognition for undergraduate programs by U.S. News & World Report and accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for 20 years. This accreditation is the highest standard for schools of business, and places the university among the best business schools in the world.

Cheryl Wyrick, associate dean and professor of management and human resources for the College of Business Administration, believes that this is good news for current and prospective students.

“It makes current students feel proud of the choice they have [made] in terms of their education,” said Wyrick. “It makes prospective students interested in coming here because they know that we’ve been recognized for our unique learn-by-doing approach, which we take into the graduate program as well.”

CPP graduate students surveyed by the Princeton Review took into account the hands-on teaching style for the master’s program in business administration, and the faculty who teach current practices combined with classical management principles.

“We have a lot of different kinds of semi-consulting types of experiences,” said Wyrick. “For example, we have the common marketing experience. In that experience, graduate students supervise undergraduate students as they develop a marketing plan for a company. It’s a real plan that some of the companies actually implemented. They get to see what it’s like to manage students, to work with clients and to develop something that the client wants.”

In the Princeton Review report, students also said that they received a solid foundation in teamwork, presentation skills and management principles in the graduate business administration and accounting programs.

On top of the fundamental skills that students are taught, the program is also able to stay current despite the constantly changing market and other competitive business programs.

“We go through a curriculum revision process,”said Wyrick. “We benchmark our program with other programs, not just within the CSU, but other programs like USC and UCLA so that the courses we offer are not just competitive within the [CSU] system, but competitive with schools outside the system.”

Additionally, College of Business Administration faculty bring their real-world experience to the classroom.

“Our faculty look at what is current because they are teacher-scholars,”said Wyrick. “They know what the trends in their field are, and by having a curriculum review process, we make sure we are incorporating those trends into our curriculum and making sure that it is current.”

What makes the CPP graduate program in business different is that many students are already employed.

“We are targeting students who are working, who need to get that extra edge to be promoted in their organization,” said Wyrick. “A large number of students do report that they get promoted, but still within the same company.”

Associated Students, Inc. Business Senator and fifth-year business student Melanie Young is proud of this award.

“I’m proud to be a business student here at Cal Poly Pomona,” said Young. “We’re doing so well with the program. Our faculty and staff work so hard to push us in the right direction. We know how to get to business, but we’re also a community.”

Students agree that the program at CPP allows them to make connections, and prepares them to get a better job after graduating.

“I think Cal Poly’s business program here is often overlooked,” said Marissa Benjamin, a fourth-year business student. “Many of the business classes I’ve taken apply directly to the working world and are more than just what’s inside the textbook. We also have plenty of professional internship opportunities available to us that other schools don’t have connections to.”

The Princeton Review evaluates schools based on institutional data and student feedback through online surveys that includes questions about academics, career placement services and campus life. The company does not rank the programs and does not select an overall best school.

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Jairo Pineda / The Poly Post

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