Baylor Business Buzz

Compiled by Kate Gronewald

Entrepreneurship Program Ranked in Top 25

Earning the 23rd slot in rankings conducted by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review, Baylor University’s undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program continues to maintain its elite national reputation. Only two Texas universities were ranked in the top 25, including Baylor. The rankings were based on a 900-school survey in which programs were evaluated based on key criteria in the areas of academics and requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom support and experiences.

Executive MBA Program Earns High Marks in Financial Times Rankings

Baylor’s Executive MBA program rose 10 places in the 2007 Financial Times EMBA rankings, from 82nd to 72nd place. Baylor was recognized in numerous categories. The program ranked first in Texas and 11th in the U.S. in international course experience, and 15th in salary increase. Additionally, Baylor ranked second in the women faculty category and fifth for women students. Baylor’s EMBA programs are located in Dallas and Austin.

Baylor Mourns Loss of Master Teacher, Former Business School Dean

Dr. Emerson O. (“Henk”) Henke, The J.E. Bush Emeritus Professor of Accounting, Master Teacher and former dean of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, passed away on Oct. 29 at the age of 91. Henke taught at Baylor from 1948-91, serving as professor of accounting and chairman of the accounting department from 1948-67, the J.E. Bush Distinguished Professor of Accounting until his retirement, and dean of the business school from 1967-77. “He was certainly one of the pillars that created a firm foundation for the Hankamer School of Business and was one of the architects in establishing our outstanding accounting program as one of the premier programs in the country,” said Terry Maness, current dean of the Hankamer School of Business. “He will be missed.”

Gilbreath Receives Reynolds Award

Kent Gilbreath, professor of economics, received the Herbert H. Reynolds Award for Exemplary Service for 2007. Established in 1981 by the senior class, the award honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by contributing to the heritage and traditions of Baylor through their service and dedication to students.

MBA Teams Vie in Baylor University’s National Case Competition in Ethical Leadership

Teams of MBA students from nine schools around the nation competed during the Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum at Baylor. Over a three-day period, the teams studied an ethical business dilemma and were given the opportunity to present their solutions before a panel of judges. Pepperdine University earned first place honors in the competition, while University of Florida came in second and Baylor University’s team placed third.

Baylor’s Accounting Program Hits National Rankings on CPA Exam

Baylor University’s Accounting program continues to excel, according to statistics recently released by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) for Candidate Performance on the Uniform CPA Examination. Referring to the 2006 CPA exam for first-time pass rates, Baylor is ranked first in the nation in the auditing and regulation categories, while the program’s overall complete pass rate is fourth. Additionally, Baylor is third in the business and environmental concepts category, and eighth in financial accounting and reporting. No other Texas schools ranked higher than Baylor in these categories.

Students Master Tax Policy Issues, Go to National Competition

A team of five business students represented Baylor in Washington DC at the national PricewaterhouseCoopers xTAX Challenge on Jan. 24. This marks Baylor’s second time to compete on the national level since the university was first invited to participate in 2004.

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Baylor Business Review, Spring 2008

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