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Autumn 2004 | Volume 27, Number 4 | Campus

SPU’s School of Business and Economics Recognized by The Princeton Review

IN SEPTEMBER, the graduate programs in Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and Economics received a No. 1 ranking in The Princeton Review’s new graduate school guidebook, “The Best 143 Business Schools.” The ranking was in the “Best Administered” category, which is based on student assessment of how smoothly the school is run, and the ease with which students can get into required and elective courses.

“We are very proud of this recognition,” says Jeff Van Duzer, dean of the School. “This is an important external validation of our internal commitment to serve students.”

The Princeton Review guidebook states, “The School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University is distinguished by its dedication to mission and vision. Students say, ‘The School does a good job of staying close to its Christian vision and integrating it into their studies.”’

The publication includes rankings of graduate schools in 11 categories. The rankings are based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 11,000 students attending 143 schools, including students in Seattle Pacific’s master’s degree programs in business administration and information systems management.

“Our students’ education, welfare, and convenience are our highest priorities, and all of our programs have been designed with this in mind,” says Van Duzer. “The fact that this award is driven by student perceptions makes the designation doubly gratifying.”

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In 2000, Seattle Pacific intensified its commitment to racial reconciliation. Is it possible, asks Philip Eaton, for SPU to discover ways to tear down walls that divide?

In Trust for the Future
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A Fabulous Time to Be Alive
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Life Stories
A filmmaker talks about his visits with SPU students and his project to share the internment stories of Japanese Americans during World War II. [Books & Film]

Mutual Inspiration
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My Response
For Sharon Hartnett, assistant professor of education, diversity reflects a piece of heaven on earth. “After all, heaven is a multicultural place,” she says.