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Kent State’s Executive MBA Program Ranked in Top 25 in North America by British Business Magazine (05/01/2009)

Good things are hard to hide, and now even England knows about the excellence of Kent State University’s Executive Master of Business Administration Program (EMBA). London-based CEO magazine recently ranked the Kent State University College of Business Administration’s EMBA program in its Tier-One, the magazine’s highest ranking, for colleges in North America. There are just 25 Tier-One colleges in all of North America.

In its winter edition “Special Issue on Executive MBA Programs,” CEO assessed the performance of EMBA and online MBA providers based on faculty, tuition fees, international reach, innovation, delivery methods and career progression as key performance indicators.

“Typically, these schools demonstrate a high level of innovation and thought leadership; class sizes tend to be moderate, senior faculty are used and the makeup of students is diverse,” the article states.

“This ranking is a testament to the hard work and professionalism Bob brings to the position of director,” says Yank Heisler, dean of Kent State’s College of Business Administration. “And the fact that the magazine that ranked us as one of the 25 best in the United States is from Great Britain means great things for our international impact as a college of business.”

The same issue includes a two-page article with Robert Krampf, professor emeritus of marketing and director of Kent State’s EMBA program for the past five years of its 31-year existence. Krampf says the ranking is a blessing for the program he has seen grow in student base and status over the years. The EMBA program now averages 25 students per year and Krampf is considering admitting up to 30 students due to increased demand for the program.

“Our professors utilize a very personalized approach, we don’t want to lose that,” he says. “There is a certain comfort level when students are able to get to know faculty members and our faculty members know the students, not just by name, but they know where each student works and if they have a family and so on. As much learning takes place during breaks – with students and faculty talking amongst each other – as it does in the classroom.”  

Kent State’s EMBA faculty is made up of full-time academic personnel and adjunct professors proven in their field. And Krampf says the school’s tuition makes it an easy choice for many students from northeast Ohio and beyond.

“Our program is a much better value than a lot of others,” Krampf says. “It’s about $35,000 for our program and it could be as much as $135,000 for some of our competitors.”

The tuition fee includes an international trip during which students visit businesses, embassies and government organizations to get a feel for the international business landscape. Students also interview an executive at a foreign company and write a paper on their findings.

For busy executives, the EMBA program classes take place on Saturdays and some lectures are now being provided on the internet. Krampf also is starting an advisory council for the program made up of alumni and local executives.


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