Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business ranked No. 9 in nation for entrepreneurship by Princeton Review
Jones School among nation’s top 10 for third year in a row
-- (Sept. 22, 2011) -- Rice University's Jones
Graduate School of Business has the No. 9 graduate entrepreneurship program
in the country, according to survey results announced Sept. 20 by the Princeton
Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
2011 ranking is based on a review of more than 2,000 U.S. undergraduate and
graduate programs. Babson College in Massachusetts topped the list. The survey
results are published in the October issue of Entrepreneur magazine.
the past decade, the Jones School moved from an unranked position into one of
the top 10 programs in the country. The Jones School is one of only four
schools to achieve a top 10 ranking for the past three years.
at Rice University rests on the core
disciplines taught by world-class faculty, fundamental research in all areas of
business, courses in entrepreneurship taught by successful entrepreneurs,
engaged alumni and phenomenal extracurricular activities supported by the Rice
Alliance,” said Bill Glick, dean of the Jones School. “Entrepreneurs integrate
cutting-edge ideas from a variety of functional areas. Our approach is to build
a quality curriculum taught by the best professors and entrepreneurs while
engaging students in business plan competitions and networking with
entrepreneurs. We are honored to be ranked No. 9 among graduate entrepreneur
Rice Alliance for
Technology and Entrepreneurship serves as Rice's nationally ranked
initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship. It was formed as a
strategic alliance of three schools at Rice: the George R. Brown School of Engineering,
the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and
the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of
Business. The Rice Alliance hosts a number of world-class programs each
year, including the Rice
Business Plan Competition, the richest and largest competition in the
world. To date, the Rice Alliance has assisted in the launch of more than 300
companies that have raised more than $1 billion.
recent Jones School alumni survey revealed that 22 percent of Rice MBA alumni
have started one or more entrepreneurial companies, and 76 percent are still in
“We are extremely pleased
and humbled by this recognition from Princeton Review and Entrepreneur
magazine," said Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance.
"The Rice Alliance is committed to helping build successful technology
startup companies through education, guidance and connections. This award comes
on the heels of being recognized as the National Model MBA Entrepreneurship
Program by the United States Association for Small Business and
Entrepreneurship earlier this year.”
Princeton Review survey evaluated schools in the areas of entrepreneurship
business fundamentals taught in the classroom, departments staffed with
successful entrepreneurs, excellence in mentorship, provision of experiential
or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom, as well as
nontraditional features that distinguish the programs.
the world-class entrepreneurship educators at the Jones School are Professors
of Management Edward Williams and Albert Napier, who also is director of the
Center on the Management of Information Technology. Businessweek ranked
Williams as one of the top three entrepreneurship university educators in the
country. In 2008, Napier received the Acton Foundation’s national award for
Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education. Additionally, numerous Jones School
faculty have published research in the area of entrepreneurship in top academic
Rice Education Entrepreneurship
Program (REEP) is another component of Rice’s entrepreneurship initiative.
REEP is designed to equip current and aspiring school leaders with the
management tools, strategic framework and supportive networks they need to meet
the challenges of public school leadership. With a combination of world-class
business training from the Jones School and REEP’s unique education
entrepreneurship institute, students are challenged to explore what is possible
in education today, Glick said.
view the complete rankings, visit www.entrepreneur.com/article/220327.