Marriott Alumni Magazine

Winter 2012

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School News BYU Moves Up in u.s. News 2012 Best Colleges Rankings BYU jumped up four spots to seventy-first in the U.S.News & World Report 2012 Best Colleges rankings. BYU also surged seven spots to thirteenth in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category while holding steady at the No. 3 spot for best accounting programs. The 350-page 2012 Best Colleges guidebook ranks more than 1,400 four-year accredited colleges and universities. BYU falls into the category of “national universities,” which includes schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral degrees. This year, BYU is also ranked eighth in the category of “Least Debt,” which compares the average debt carried by departing graduates. The Marriott School is ranked thirty-sixth in the category of undergraduate business programs. In specialty categories, the school moved up three spots to fourteenth in international business while also registering twenty-first in entrepreneurship. Four Years Family Strong The Marriott School is adding another title to its collection, but this one has been seen before. For the fourth year in a row, the Marriott School has been voted the most family-friendly business school in the United States by The Princeton Review. The 2012 rankings also name the school No. 7 for most competitive students. The results were taken from the opinions of more than 19,000 students in 294 MBA programs. “BYU’s MBA program provides a world-class education with excellent placement opportunities in a setting where family relationships are valued and supported,” says Craig Merrill, director of the MBA program. During the past ten years, 60 to 80 percent of MBA candidates have been married. To accommodate this high number, the MBA Spouse Association was established. “The MBA Spouse Association provides a place to gather for socials and educational events, which lead to lifelong friendships,” Merrill says. “For our married students, the choice of MBA programs is as much a family choice as a professional development decision.” The complete rankings and two-page profile are published in The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition. BYU Tops Professor Ratings Site It’s a place many students love to turn to when picking their professors, and now has returned the love, naming BYU the top college for the 201011 school year. The list of top twenty-five colleges is determined by student reviews of professors and overall campus life. On the popular site, students rate professors on a five-point Likert scale in the areas of helpfulness, clarity, and easiness. Each professor’s overall quality score is an average of their clarity and helpfulness ratings. BYU professors’ average overall quality is a very respectable 3.62, but what pushed the university to the top of the list were students’ ratings of campus life. BYU has an overall school rating of 4.5, with student happiness rated 4.8. Professors in the Marriott School averaged an overall quality rating of 3.94, based on reviews for 105 faculty members. Students frequently commented on the knowledge, friendliness, rigor, and spirituality of Marriott School professors. is the largest professor review website, with more than 10 million student reviews of 1 million professors around the world. BYU has nearly 3,000 ranked professors on the site—one of the largest representations from reviewed schools. Rollins Center Hosts Entrepreneur Week The Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology celebrated the spirit of creativity and innovation by hosting BYU’s first-ever Entrepreneurship Week at the end of September. “Our inaugural attempt at pulling off an event as large and ambitious as E-Week exceeded our expectations,” says Scott Petersen, managing director of the Rollins Center. “We were able to serve more than 3,000 students campus-wide, holding entrepreneurial events and competitions in nearly every college and department on campus.” The events and activities let students know about entrepreneurial resources and motivated them to start their own companies. Events included the Mobile App Competition, an entrepreneur networking night, Utah Startup Marketplace, Entrepreneur Mentoring Extravaganza, Business Plan and Business Model competitions kickoffs, and the Student Innovator of the Year competition. “It was exciting to create a buzz on campus and see students be inspired when they realized they can be their own bosses and take hold of their futures,” says Lauren Olsen, CET assistant director. “It’s empowering for them to see the possibilities they can give themselves.”

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