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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Forbes distinguishes the Eller MBA at The University of Arizona as the only Arizona-based program in “Best Business Schools” rankings

Program moves up from 45th to 33rd.

TUCSON, Ariz. – August 19, 2005 – The Eller College of Management’s MBA program climbed in the latest Forbes magazine rankings of “Best Business Schools,” moving from 45th to 33rd among programs nationally.

The Forbes list, which is published every two years, bases rankings on return on investment (ROI)—how much a graduate can expect to advance in compensation. Forbes computes ROI as compensation five years after graduation minus tuition and salary forgone during school.

“I believe that the responsibility of any business school is to make sure you are doing all the right things well—outstanding teaching and research, meaningful experiential learning, and effective career placement,” said Paul Portney, dean of the Eller College of Management. “If we’re doing all those things extremely well, the rankings will take care of themselves, as this upward movement in the Forbes list demonstrates. I’m proud of this accomplishment and how it reflects the hard work of the MBA team led by associate dean Brent Chrite,” Portney said.

Brent Chrite, associate dean of Eller MBA programs, commented, “The size of our program results in a tight-knit community—students, faculty, and staff working together to help achieve each student’s personal vision of success. The Forbes ranking brings the value of an Eller MBA to the forefront, and we’re pleased with the acknowledgement.”

The latest rankings are published in the current issue of Forbes magazine. 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 No. 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 No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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