MBA Graduates Score in 95th Percentile
October 1, 2003

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MACON- Mercer University's master's of business administration graduates are prepared to meet the demands of today's diverse marketplace, according to their results on the newly-developed Major Field Test for MBA Programs.
 
Mercer's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics' summer MBA capstone class scored in the 95th percentile on this national exam.
 
The Mercer summer MBA capstone class included David Hedge of Florence, S.C., Jennifer Laster of Hawkinsville, Kristopher Robbins of Macon, Brandi Smith of Macon, James Smith of Macon, Jennifer Spano of Warner Robins, Lori Spivey of Douglas and Richard Spivey of Macon. Their class average ranked them in the 95th percentile.
 
These students followed in the footsteps of spring 2003 MBA graduates Daniel Dunnaway of Warner Robins and Benjamin Carter of Macon, who both scored individually in the 95th percentile when they took the Major Field Test.
The exam was administered to an estimated 45 schools and 1,200 MBA students. This three-hour test examines students' critical thinking and reasoning skills in the context of four core business areas: managerial accounting, marketing, finance and management.
 
The exam is a requirement for Mercer MBA graduates, and test results are used by faculty to evaluate the program's strengths and weaknesses and benchmark their students' performance internally and externally.
 
Carl Joiner, dean of Mercer's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, said this achievement by Mercer MBA students is a tremendous pat on the back to the School's MBA faculty and students.

"We have had excellent students in our MBA program for many years, and it is most rewarding to have an external agency confirm our beliefs through this new exam," Joiner said.
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