By Meg McCaffrey
Bloomberg Businessweek recently named Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business among its top 100 undergraduate business schools in the nation. The selection comes after the Dolan School applied to be a part of the distinguished list for the first time.
The news comes on the heels of the school maintaining its AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation, and the appointment of a new dean, Dr. Donald E. Gibson, a faculty member who has been serving as interim dean for the past two years.
“Being in the top 100 is an important recognition of the School’s accomplishments,” said Dr. Gibson, dean and professor of management. “We are ranked at number 83 – excellent for our first time on this much anticipated annual list.”
The methodology for the rankings included nine measures of student satisfaction, post-graduation outcomes, employer/recruiter opinion, and academic quality that take into consideration criteria such as the proportion of business majors with internships. The Dolan School rated an “A” grade by students for teaching quality, and scored well as a “feeder” to highly ranked MBA graduate programs.
Working with the faculty on a new vision and strategic plan, the School is focused on cultivating career-ready students in a vibrant learning community that is known and respected by important stakeholders. Appearing on the Bloomberg Businessweek list, noted Gibson, is a strong step in increasing market awareness of the school. The profile of the Dolan School notes that students at the Jesuit institution are educated to be thoughtful, ethical leaders who also take into account others while in their professional pursuits.
As the profile further notes, “At the undergraduate level, in addition to their business coursework, students benefit from Fairfield’s robust arts and humanities core, which provides a well-rounded, socially and culturally relevant educational opportunity. This rich learning experience, coupled with a dedicated internship office and a variety of study abroad options, enable Dolan undergraduates to enter the marketplace well-prepared and with distinct competitive advantages.”
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