School of Business & Economics
Business is hands-on. Business school should be, too. Our business and economic programs offer real opportunities to practice what you learn with internships at industry giants like IBM, Daimler Buses and the Walt Disney Company.
Led by a distinguished faculty who have been both honored and published, our programs offer a global perspective that broadens both a your outlook and opportunities. Our study abroad classroom extends as far as China, England, and Australia — providing an up-close look at international issues.
Our students have found successful careers in numerous fields and positions. From senior executives to start-ups entrepreneurs, SUNY Plattsburgh graduates are thriving in today’s workforce.
Programs in the School of Business and Economics are accredited. All business programs are accredited by AACSB-International and the Hospitality Management program is accredited by ACPHA (Accreditation Commission for Program in Hospitality Administration.)
Our faculty is committed to teaching and interacting with our students. Nearly 85% hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field. They are your greatest resource for your career and future plans. Our faculty is equally committed to being academically and professionally qualified in their respective fields. This means they are active and current in research and publishing on the national and international level in their discipline.
The SBE is the home to just over 1100 undergraduate students. We are proud to report that 92% of our students return each semester through graduation.
Mission & Values
Our mission is to provide our diverse student population with an affordable, internationally recognized and accredited high quality business education, emphasizing skills for successful careers in the global economy, complemented by experiential learning and exceptional mentoring, and serving as an intellectual resource for the Quebec/New York Corridor and the global community.
Statement of Core Values…No Empty Promises!
Our core values are the foundation on which we build a strong commitment to our mission. Our actions and interactions with one another and our students are guided by the following core values:
- Global awareness and diversity — We are committed to a global educational experience that values diversity and promotes an international perspective among our students
- Community engagement — We are committed to maintaining close relationships with the local business, government and non-profit community to be good stewards and benefit our students.
- Collaboration and teamwork — We are guided by a culture of respect for our colleagues and our students. We are strongly supportive of each other, and our actions are guided by an underlying belief in the value of collaboration. We believe that teamwork and the development of interpersonal skills are essential components of the educational experience.
- Academic excellence — We strive for excellence in teaching effectiveness and scholarship. We believe an emphasis on applied learning empowers our students, fostering skills in technological competence necessary for career advancement and personal success.
- Culture of entrepreneurship — We cultivate entrepreneurship among our students, seek to forge partnerships with entrepreneurs throughout the region, and reward the entrepreneurial efforts of our faculty.
Why Major in Business and Economics?
You need to ask yourself first and foremost, “What can a business education give me to prepare me for my future?”
Can a Business Education Give You Skills to Succeed?
Part of our job at SUNY Plattsburgh is to provide you with learning experiences (both textbook and real) that will give you the tools that you need to develop skills and make the best choices for your future.
Our faculty can give you the theoretical and practical knowledge of various business, economics, accounting, finance, management, and marketing subjects; however, it is your job:
- to ask questions,
- to test your own perceptions, and
- to find out for yourself what learning experiences are important to your future career and expectations for yourself.
Then, through all your experiences both in and out of the classroom, you are better able to put together your academic, career, and personal potential.
Is a Bachelor Degree in Business the Key to Your Success?
If you just go through the “motions” of getting an education then you will come out as “motionless.” This does not render you as very employable. If you only try to understand the theory of sound business practices without understanding applications you will only become a theorist. A theorist is good in some areas, but is not what the marketplace is asking for.
If you attempt to apply what you learn in the classroom to your everyday life (limited as it is during your time at SUNY Plattsburgh) you will discover the practicality of:
- building relationships with a wide variety of individuals and cultures different than your own,
- understanding, appreciating, and embracing differences in thoughts, ideas, and ways of thinking and acting,
- working in a team,
- planning, executing, and reviewing,
- managing people, yourself, money, and time,
- leading by example and inner strength,
- selling yourself on who you really are, and
- learning to live ethically and with integrity.
These are the values and characteristics demanded of the business marketplace today. This is what you will receive from a business education at the SUNY Plattsburgh School of Business and Economics.
We look forward to having you join us.
Facts & Stats
SUNY Plattsburgh’s SBE is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International since 2001. Only 5% of business schools world-wide are AACSB accredited. Learn more about us through our AACSB profile.
Within the SBE, the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management holds separate accreditation by ACPHA (Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration).
SBE Undergraduate Student Enrollment
Total Headcount 1038 Total Majors 1386 Male 60% Female 40% International 14% Ethnic Diversity 25%
SBE Undergraduate Graduation Rates*
*Data for students who enter Plattsburgh as first year business students and graduate from the college. Enrolled 2008 Enrolled 2009 Enrolled 2010 Enrolled 2011 Enrolled 2012 4-year 47.1% 56.4% 43.0% 54.0% 50.6% 5-year 58.8% 65.6% 59.4% 58.9% 6-year 61.4% 66.3% 64.1
SBE New Student Snapshot
Freshmen Class Profile Fall 2016 Transfer Class Profile Fall 2016 High School Average 89.1 Average GPA 2.97 Math SAT 546 Offered Merit Scholarships 43% Verbal SAT 513 States Represented 3 Total SAT 1059 Countries Represented 6 Offered Merit Scholarships 43% International Students 11% States Represented 7 Out of State Students 3% Countries Represented 18 International Students 19% Out of State Students 7%
SUNY Plattsburgh Rankings
- SUNY Plattsburgh has been ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth straight year. Ranked No. 76 out of all northern regional universities, the college was evaluated based on opinions of administrators at peer institutions, student retention data, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
- USA Today and College Factual “Best Colleges for the Money”: No. 124 in the nation, 21 in the Middle Atlantic Region. SUNY Plattsburgh scored well in average total degree cost.
- Affordable Colleges Online “Best Online Colleges”: No. 4 in New York State. The rankings commended the quality and breadth of Plattsburgh’s online class offerings and the faculty’s use of the Moodle system.
- Washington Monthly “Best Bang for the Buck”: No. 78 in the Northeast. Plattsburgh scored highly with a low net price and a low student loan default rate.
- BestColleges.com “Best Small Town Colleges”: No. 34 in the nation. The rankings praised Plattsburgh for its variety, location and “robust collection of internships that give students real career connections and hands-on experience.”
Careers in Business & Economics
Would you like to understand why you make the choice to balance your checkbook everyday; why you make the choice to spend your hard earned dollar on one item and not another; what drives you to be a consumer, and how you manage that consumption? Are you curious about
- What drives our world economy?
- What makes one business successful and another unsuccessful?
- What are the laws and ethics of sound business decisions?
What Are Your Goals and Interests?
- Do you like to take charge?
- Do you want to start your own business?
- To lead?
- Be your own boss?
- To manage?
- Do you like to take risks?
- Do you want to travel?
- Perhaps you like to work behind the scenes collecting and manipulating data, managing the financial picture, understanding the national and international financial trends?
- Would you like to manage stocks and bonds?
- Do you want to become involved in globalization?
You will find the answers to all these questions and more by becoming part of our business and economics family. We work together to discover the avenues in this field that best suits your own
- personal goals,
- academic goals, and
- career goals
within the world of accounting, business, economics, finance, entrepreneurship, international business, hospitality management, management, and marketing.
We invite you to enter our world of discovery. Whether you choose to major or minor in business and economics, you will be enlightened by what lies ahead.
Dean’s Advisory Council
The mission of Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) is to:
- Advise and support the dean and the faculty of the School of Business and Economics in developing long-term strategies and curriculum improvements; [and]
- Foster inter-relationships among the students, faculty and business community that integrates business practice and business education as the students acquire the knowledge and skills required to be effective in the business world and the global economy.
The membership includes executives from area businesses, non-profits and government agencies that correspond to the various programs in the school, as well as selected alumni.
External DAC Membership
Name Title Company Kent Backus Regional Manager Community Bank, NA Bonnie Black Director of Employee Assistance Services Behavioral Health Services North Matt Boire President CDC Real Estate David Coryer ’91 Co-Founder/COO Coryer Staffing Kimberly Davis '06 Treasurer Clinton County Bob DeCamp ’97, G’99 Directory or Regulatory Affairs/Consulting A.N. Deringer, Inc. Vicki Demarse-Giroux General Manager La Quinta Inn & Suites Garry Douglas President/CEO North Country Chamber of Commerce Alex Edwards CPA Alexander Edwards & Company Deena Giltz McCullough President/CEO Northern Insuring Agency, Inc. Paul Grasso President/CEO The Development Corporation Erin Hynes '98 Deputy Director Empire State Development C.J. Madonna General Counsel Schluter Systems L.P. Nikki Mars President/CEO Mars Mechanical, LLC Terry Meron Owner Comfort Inn & Suites Devi Momot CEO/Acting CISO Twinstate Technologies Tom Murphy President/CEO Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Co. Michael O’Connor Senior Vice President/Investment Officer Wells Fargo Advisors Bill Owens Senior Partner Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley, PLLC Lee Ann Pray Head of Human Resources Swarovski Lighting Joyce Rafferty Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer UVM Health Network - CVPH Pat Russell President/CPA Abbott, Frenyea & Russell, CPA’s, PC Bob Smith President Nine Platt Hospitality Group Chris Steinhardt ’93 Managing Director of Business Advisory Services Grant Thornton Nate Wilson President/CEO Wilson Appliances Eric Zeisloft Vice President of Operations Mold-Rite Plastics
Business Exit Exam (BEE) — BUS 489 FAQs
Who is required to take the exam?
SBE students majoring in accounting, business, business administration, entrepreneurship, finance, global supply chain management, international business, management, management information systems and/or marketing.
What is the Business Exit Exam — BUS 489?
All majors in the SBE (except economics & hospitality management) at SUNY Plattsburgh must register for and pass the Business Exit Exam (BUS 489) in order to graduate. NOTE: If you passed MGM 490 prior to spring 2011 at SUNY Plattsburgh, you have already met this requirement. The Business Exit Exam (BEE) focuses on the core business knowledge areas and serves as a direct assessment of student learning in the SBE. There is a Moodle review site that all registered students will gain access to prior to the exam. Topic areas on the review site correlate with the questions on the exam.
At what point can I register for the BUS 489 (Business Exit Exam)?
Once you have achieved junior standing (60+ credits) and have completed ACC 202, ACC 351, ECO 260, FIN 355, MGM 275, MGM 280 & MKE 290, you are eligible to register for BUS489.
When is it offered?
The exam is administered each fall and spring semester. Please contact us for dates and times.
How well do I have to do on the exam?
A letter grade will be assigned for the exam. A “D” or better is required for graduation. Grades are calculated based on standard deviations above or below the mean as outlined below.
A: SCORE > Test Mean +1.75 standard deviation
B: SCORE > Test Mean +1.00 standard deviation, but less than or equal to 1.75 standard deviation
C: SCORE within one 1 standard deviation of the Test Mean
D: SCORE < Test Mean -1.00 standard deviation, but less than or equal to -1.75 standard deviation
E: SCORE < Test Mean -1.75 standard deviations
How should I study for it?
The best way to study is to review your books and notes from ACC 202, ACC 351, ECO 260, FIN 355, MGM 275, MGM 280 & MKE 290 as well as review documents that will be made available to you on the BUS 489 course site via Moodle once you have registered for the exam.
What if I forget to register for it?
Check on Banner to find out who is administering the exam for that semester. Contact that person to let him/her know that you are not registered and to inquire about space.
Can I retake the exam if I don’t pass?
Yes. You can take the exam up to 3 times. If it is not your last semester at SUNY Plattsburgh, you can simply register to take the exam again the following semester. If it is your last semester, you should contact the test administrator to arrange a retake during the same semester.
Faculty Research & Interests
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