Bradley University's business school has joined some exclusive company. The Foster School of Business Administration was recently ranked 11th among private master's degree level universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Bradley University's business school has joined some exclusive company.


The Foster School of Business Administration was recently ranked 11th among private master's degree level universities by U.S. News & World Report.


"It's a great accomplishment to be listed among schools like the University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Institute of Technology," said Robert Baer, dean of the Foster school.


Baer cited the school's international business programs, focus on entrepreneurship and the master's program as some of "the good things going on at the college."


Entrepreneurship magazine recently ranked the Foster college's entrepreneurship program among the top 10 programs in the nation.


The school's faculty has been a big factor in changing the business school's outlook, said Baer, who has served at Bradley for 25 years, the past nine as dean. "There's a greater emphasis on moving out of the ivory tower and into the business world," he said.


Bradley also has made moves to address the global economy, said Baer.


The school promotes both undergraduate and graduate travel programs that encourage students to study abroad, he said.


"We teach a class, 'Doing Business in a Chinese Culture.' As part of the class, during spring break, that group travels to China," said Baer.


Calling business enrollments at Bradley "very healthy," Baer said the school currently has 1,000 undergraduate majors, with another 300 minoring in business.


"We're looking at a near-record freshman class this year which, given the economy, is a real accomplishment," he said.


 


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