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McKenna School of Business Seniors Get 'Remarkable' Scores on National Assessment Test

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Posted: Wednesday Jun 4, 2014

June 4, 2014

Dr. Gary M. Quinlivan, dean of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government at Saint Vincent College, described the scores of seniors this spring as “remarkable” with them placing in the top 13.6% among 370 business schools in the United States on a national test administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).

“The McKenna School had a remarkable finish on the spring 2014 ETS business field test exam,” Quinlivan commented. “Overall, our seniors placed at the top excelling in management (top 9.9%) and finance (top 2.4%). Our quantitative business analysis score is once again in the top 1%.”

“The 2013-2014 academic year results placed Saint Vincent among the top business schools in the nation in competition with other top business schools including Boston College, Indiana University in South Bend, Hood College, Loyola College in Maryland and Virginia Tech,” he said.

“On an annualized basis, for the 2013-14 academic year, the McKenna School placed in the top 7.2% in finance, top 29% in accounting, top 16.6% in management, top 33.7% in marketing, top 29% in business law and top 21.6% in international issues," Quinlivan observed. "This is a strong testimony to the quality of our students and professors. The ETS major field exit exam tests students in nine business core competency areas.”

Over the last six academic years, the McKenna School has ranked in the top 1% in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014 in quantitative business analysis (statistics and mathematical applications). “It’s remarkable that we can achieve this, given our small faculty,” Quinlivan commented. “Every student has to take the exam so it is testimony to how smart our students really are and how good our faculty is in terms of getting our students up to this kind of level. To achieve a top 1% score, every student in that class has to get the equivalent of an A on the exam.”

The performance of McKenna School seniors is instructive to incoming students because many of them come in with mid-range College Board scores. “We are taking them and transforming them into A quality students,” Quinlivan said. “That’s what teaching at a liberal arts institution is all about.”

“Small classes, personal attention, good advisement and lots of homework is our formula,” he continued. “It’s all about teaching and quality advisement. And for students who are at the top of their game we move them to an entirely new intellectual level. They are the ones who we are sending to great Ph.D. programs in 2014 at Duke University, University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University, all on full rides.”

Our job placement success has been equally impressive. “Of 109 graduates from our school in 2013, we had 107 responses after graduation. Of the 107 responses, 106 were placed in jobs and graduate schools or law schools. Our 2014 graduates are getting great jobs at PPG, Ernst and Young, BDO, Bank of New York Mellon, Bayer, Mylan Pharmacy, PHH Arval, Heinz, several SAP firms, and all of the top financial institutions,” Quinlivan concluded. “Our graduates are getting high level placements.”

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