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UC’s Hutton School of Business ranks 11th in BizLexington

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University of the Cumberlands (UC) Hutton School of Business (HSB) MBA program has improved its ranking on the BizLexington listing of MBA Programs in Kentucky. The MBA Program has moved from #13 to #11 on this annual ranking, moving ahead of Eastern Kentucky University and Campbellsville University.

HSB’s Chair Dr. Margaret Combs credits the ranking improvement to the extra steps faculty and organizers have taken in progressing from last year’s 13th place. “The program was able to do this because they added another MBA which concentrated solely on accounting and they also grew by word of mouth due to the quality of the program,” said Combs.

BizLexington ranks all the MBA programs in the state of Kentucky, with growth and quality being some of the main criteria. The ranking is recognition of how successful one MBA program is compared to another, helping future undergrads make the correct school choice as well as assist future employers in evaluating the significance and excellence of a program.

“We’ve advertised a lot here at Cumberlands,” said Combs. “However, when it’s all said and done, the recent visible growth of our business program comes from the leadership and vision of our director Dr. Vonda Moore.”

Moore is the only director the HSB has ever had, creating the program at Cumberlands in 2004 and nurturing it to where it stands today. The Hutton School of Business currently has 11 faculty members and over 150 business majors.

“The MBA program is designed to provide a practical professional development opportunity for individuals already engaged in full-time careers,” said Moore. “This program will prepare individuals to embark upon and continue successful careers in business, government, and education. In the MBA program, we offer a curriculum designed to allow the student to expand their understanding of integral business and managerial concepts. The application of these concepts and strategies in making business decisions is emphasized in all MBA classes.”

The experiences provided to the students in the MBA program provide for a linkage between the MBA program’s core curriculum and the practical realities of the profession. In other words, the program wants to bridge the gap between academics and real world business--between theory and application.

“All students in the MBA program are required to complete a comprehensive exam in order to graduate,” explained Moore. “This exam is nationally administered to other MBA students around the nation. We have found that our graduating MBA students can perform above the national average. We believe this speaks well of our student’s preparedness.”

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