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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

U.S. News & World Report ranks UA's Eller College of Management entrepreneurship program #5 in nation among public programs, #9 overall

Ranking indicators reach new peaks as the Karl Eller Center/McGuire Entrepreneurship Program celebrates its 20th year.

TUCSON, Ariz. – August 23, 2004 – The Karl Eller Center/McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management climbed higher in the Entrepreneurship specialty listing of the 2005 U.S. News & World Report of best business colleges, moving from 11th to 9th overall and placing it #5 among public entrepreneurship programs nationwide.

Gary Libecap, professor and director of the Karl Eller Center and McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, was pleased to see the annual rankings reflect the quality of the program with its interdisciplinary approach and focus on marketplace innovation, knowledge transfer, and discipline-based entrepreneurship. In addition to its capstone business major, the Karl Eller Center provides opportunities for entrepreneurship education to students from virtually any campus discipline.

“We continue to give students a unique educational experience that helps them successfully launch businesses in the marketplace or hold leadership positions in larger firms,” Libecap commented. “We are constantly evolving the experiential-based program approach to prepare students for the real business climate while helping them to achieve their personal vision of success.”

U.S. News & World Report rankings continue to be the gold standard in the evaluation of national business education. In addition to these U.S. News rankings, the Karl Eller Center/McGuire Entrepreneurship Program was ranked #1 among public (#2 overall) in April by Entrepreneur magazine, the only ranking of its kind in that it ranks entrepreneurship exclusively and does not consider other school disciplines, areas of focus, or reputation factors. The Entrepreneur ranking is an outcome of combined peer ratings and scientific evaluation of data and information submitted by each program, while U.S. News surveys deans and senior faculty at undergraduate programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business to compile its rankings.

“Our combined rankings from the two leading sources in our field—as a top-5 public entrepreneurship program by U.S. News and #2 overall by Entrepreneur magazine—assures us that we are focusing on the right factors to make sure our program gives students the quality education they are looking for, while also making unique contributions to this ever-evolving field of business education,” commented Ken Smith, Eller College Interim Dean. “It is incredibly rewarding for all of us to see Karl Eller’s vision for entrepreneurship education become a nationally-recognized reality.”

The annual rankings are published in the U.S. News & World Report newsstand book America’s Best Colleges as well as the weekly issue of U.S. News & World Report available Monday, August 23. Rankings are also available at the publication’s website:

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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