Cal State L.A.'s program rises 5 notches on
U.S. News & World Report
-- For the tenth straight year, Cal State L.A.'s
undergraduate business program has been listed
among the nation's best in U.S. News & World
Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.
State L.A.'s program was listed at No. 121, tied
with San Jose State University. Only the
undergraduate business programs at three other
public institutions in California were ranked
higher. Last year Cal State L.A.'s program made
the national list at No. 126.
determine the rankings, U.S. News polled
deans and senior faculty from undergraduate
business programs last spring. Only programs
accredited by the Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business were considered.
According to the U.S. News, the ranking can
help prospective corporate executives and
entrepreneurs find a school right for them.
College of Business and Economics offers
undergraduate programs in
economics and statistics,
finance and law,
With nearly 900 majors, accounting is the third
most popular undergraduate program at the
University (behind criminal justice and
psychology, with about 950 each); and management
is fifth with about 740 students. Overall,
roughly 3,600 students--about 17 percent of Cal
State L.A.'s enrollment--are majors in the
College of Business and Economics.
According to the College's dean, Philip Romero,
"These rankings, while primarily reputational,
reinforce what we already know: Our students and
graduates, with support from excellent faculty,
are making names for themselves far beyond this
Teams of business students from Cal State L.A.
recently placed first in two national
American Collegiate Retailing Association's
annual Undergraduate Student Retail Analysis
Competition (based upon the team's business
plan and site selection for a new Rocky Mountain
Chocolate Factory store).
North American Case Research Association's (NACRA)
Outstanding Student-written Case Award
(based on the graduate-student team's research
and analysis of American Apparel).
Also, each year since 1998 dozens of accounting
students trained by University faculty and the
Internal Revenue Service have provided
free tax-preparation assistance to moderate- and
low-income individuals through the Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
State L.A.'s business alumni include James A.
Bell, executive vice president of finance, The
Boeing Company; Robert W. Brown, president,
University of West Los Angeles; Alan J. Fohrer,
chairman and CEO, Southern California Edison;
Marshall Geller, investment banker/senior
managing partner, St. Cloud Capital LLC; and
many other outstanding individuals.
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