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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona 18th in undergraduate education nationwide, 11th among public programs

TUCSON, Ariz. – August 19, 2005 – Undergraduate programs at The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management climbed higher in the U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges 2006 survey, moving from 20th to 18th among undergraduate business programs nationally, and placing 11th among business schools at public universities.

The survey also recognized strengths in program specialties, including entrepreneurship, management information systems (MIS), and accounting. The College’s McGuire Entrepreneurship Program climbed to 8th in the nation, maintaining its annual upward movement from 30th to 8th over the last nine years. With MIS ranked at #4, the Eller College remains one of only three institutions (including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University) to have achieved top-five status in the MIS specialty every year since the inception of the survey in 1989. The College’s accounting program moved into the top-20 tier this year, ranking 17th up from 21st. The survey also ranks Eller College 21st in marketing and 13th in supply chain management.

“I’m a big believer that the responsibility of any business school is to make sure you’re doing all the right things well—outstanding teaching and research, meaningful experiential learning for students, and targeted career placement services,” said Paul Portney, dean of the Eller College of Management. “While I’m pleased with this survey and proud of our accomplishments, rankings are not our focus. If we’re doing all the right things extremely well, the rankings will take care of themselves.”

Pamela Perry, associate dean of Eller College Undergraduate Programs, felt that the noteworthy rankings reflect the success of the student-focused, collaborative learning model of the undergraduate business program.

“We’ve established a can-do community among the students, faculty, and staff, and we’re focused on innovation and continually improving the program,” Perry said. “All undergraduates work on an integrated core curriculum project which includes the development of a business plan for 95 unique entrepreneurial ventures developed by the students. We have students using tablet PCs thanks to a technology innovation grant from Hewlett-Packard, and we’ve instituted field projects for undergraduate honors students, giving them real-world assignments like those of a high-caliber MBA program. More than ever, this program is designed to help students achieve their personal vision of success.”

The annual rankings will be published in the U.S. News & World Report newsstand book America’s Best Colleges 2006 as well as the weekly issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine available Monday, August 22. Limited rankings information is 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.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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