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Union business students turn in record performance on business exam

JACKSON, Tenn.Dec. 16, 2008 – Union University business students scored in the 85th percentile nationally in the annual Educational Testing Service Major Field Examination in Business.

The national average represents the scores achieved by students at 564 U.S. colleges and universities.

“That means we’re ranking right at the top of the best business schools in the country,” said Keith Absher, dean of Union’s McAfee School of Business Administration. “Students coming to Union to study business are as well prepared as they would be at any school in the country.”

The McAfee School of Business Administration uses the exam to assess and refine curricula, and to gauge the progress of its students in comparison to others in similar programs at schools throughout the country. This year, 20 students took the test.

In addition to the overall rankings, Union’s business students ranked in the 95th percentile in the marketing component of the test and in the 90th percentile in the economics, management, information systems and international issues components.

Absher said this year marks the fifth straight year that Union’s scores have increased. He attributed that improvement to the work of the business faculty.

“They’re doing a good job,” he said. “They’re up to date. They’re getting across the essentials that students need to be competitive.”

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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