The McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at the Eller College of Management ranks #2 nationally in leading survey
Entrepreneur magazine distinguishes the Eller College’s McGuire Entrepreneurship Program as first in the nation among public schools and #2 among all programs nationally, in addition to ranking Gary Libecap fourth in the country among university entrepreneurship directors.
TUCSON, Ariz. – March 15, 2005 – In its April 2005 issue, Entrepreneur magazine, the only entity that exclusively surveys U.S. entrepreneurship education, ranked the Eller College of Management Karl Eller Center/McGuire Entrepreneurship Program second in the country and the number one entrepreneurship program among public schools nationwide for the second consecutive year.
The magazine named program director Gary Libecap, professor of economics, entrepreneurship, and law, fourth in the country, marking the McGuire Program’s debut to rankings of top directors.
In addition to leading in peer rankings, the Eller College was one of only four schools to remain in the national, top-12 tier ranking since the survey’s inception three years ago, outperforming programs at Harvard Business School, University of Texas at Austin, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford and several other top schools. The tiered ranking process is based on a scientific assessment of some 60+ data points for each program.
“The vibrant, dynamic growth in university entrepreneurship stems from the vision and commitment of innovative programs and excellent educators all around the country,” Libecap noted. “To be recognized as a leader among these terrific educators and programs is an honor. We are so pleased to make a contribution to this exciting discipline.”
A number of recent honors and awards further illustrate the strength of the entrepreneurship program at the Eller College:
- A new survey from The Princeton Review ranked Eller’s McGuire Program eighth among the nation’s “Most Entrepreneurial Campuses” (fall 2004). The placement distinguishes McGuire as the only program to earn top-tier ranking in five leading surveys of entrepreneurship education and support at U.S. universities.
- Libecap was recently named the Robert Wesson Fellow on Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at the prestigious Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.
- This month, a cross-campus team of entrepreneurship students from optical sciences, MIS, and the Eller MBA program placed third at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (S.E.E.D.) Collegiate Business Plan Competition. The students’ business, Autonomx, LLC, combines technology from The University of Arizona’s Optical Sciences Center with technology from aerospace manufacturer Honeywell in autonomous vehicle applications.
- Libecap’s research on the economic impact of entrepreneurship education, co-authored with Alberta Charney, a research specialist with the Eller College Economic and Business Research Center, was cited in Entrepreneur’s April 2005 survey of entrepreneurship education.
- McGuire alumnus Seton Claggett was also featured in the article. After graduating in 1998, Claggett founded TriSports.com LLC, a Tucson-based online retailer of athletic gear projecting $5 to $10 million in sales for 2005. Claggett remains active in the program as a mentor and guest lecturer.
- In February 2005, the Arizona Daily Star named the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program one of the top ten programs at Arizona colleges and universities.
- The Karl Eller Center/McGuire Entrepreneurship Program team received the University of Arizona’s Team Award for Excellence for work on the center’s Knowledge Transfer Initiative. The award will be formally presented to the team by UA president Peter Likins in April 2005.
- U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller entrepreneurship program #9 overall and #5 among public programs nationwide.
The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is a National Model Program of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is home to the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, ranked the #2 public undergraduate and #1 public graduate program in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. Established in 1984, it was one of the first university-based entrepreneurship centers in the country. Today, the Center offers entrepreneurship education for any graduate program at the University of Arizona and reaches more than 1,000 undergraduate students every semester. With courses in business, law, science, engineering, health, medicine, arts, and humanities, the McGuire Center advances the state and regional economy, advances entrepreneurship education nationwide, and teaches life-long problem solving for economic, social, scientific, and environmental progress.
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 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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