Eller College undergraduate programs ranked top 10 among public business schools
Five highly ranked academic specialty areas — including MIS, entrepreneurship, marketing, and accounting — contribute to excellence at the Eller College of Management
TUCSON, Ariz. – August 25, 2006 – Breaking into the top 10 ranking for public business schools is cause for celebration at The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. And, for the third year, undergraduate programs is ranked in the top 20 overall, remaining at number 18 for the second consecutive year, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges Survey.
“We are very pleased to receive this news,” said Pam Perry, the associate dean for undergraduate programs. “We are well aware that our strengths are paying big dividends for our students, but there is an exclamation mark when peer institutions recognize it,” she reflected. U.S. News undergraduate rankings are compiled based on surveys of deans at business schools nationwide who rate each school on reputation.
Under Perry’s leadership the undergraduate program has continued to improve in quality and national reputation. All undergraduate students now develop a business plan that integrates learning from their core courses and participate in judged presentations and displays. The College developed an ethics case competition which draws business students from across the country, and its Career Showcase continues to be the largest student-run event connecting students with prospective employers. In addition, all Eller College honors students work with businesses on field consulting projects which give them real-world assignments like those of high-caliber MBA programs.
The 2007 survey also recognized strengths in academic specialties at the Eller College of Management. The Management Information Systems (MIS) Department retained its #4 ranking and remains one of only three institutions to have achieved top 5 status every year since the inception of this category in 1989. Supply Chain Management/Logistics posted another top 20 ranking for the College, coming in at #13, and the Marketing and Accounting Departments remained in the top 25, ranking #21 and #23, respectively.
The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship moved up to #3 among public institutions (#7 overall) continuing its steady upward momentum toward the top slot. The program continues to innovate in teaching students how to move ideas to reality in any environment. According to Sherry Hoskinson, director of the McGuire Center, enhancements in the curriculum, mentoring, and focus on paralleling the true venture path have translated to tangible learning benefits. As these elements improve, so does the viability of student projects.
“When you work hard to create the best programs for students, as is evidenced by the stellar showings in several of our specialty areas, the rankings take care of themselves,” said Paul Portney, dean of the College. “We are pleased to move into the top 10 among public business schools, and remain focused on continually innovating in the areas of curriculum, experiential learning, and leadership opportunities for our students,” he added.
U.S. News surveyed deans and senior faculty at undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business. The rankings are based solely on this peer survey and are published in the U.S. News & World Report newsstand book America’s Best Colleges 2007 as well as the weekly issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine available now.
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 #14 among public business schools and three of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship, MIS, and Management. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #44 in the U.S. and #21 among public business schools. The College leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers an Evening MBA program and the Eller Executive MBA. The Eller College of Management supports approximately 5,700 undergraduate and 700 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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