Eller College Concludes Banner Year
Fiscal year in review reveals increased accessibility, new faculty funding, strong rankings, and more.
TUCSON, Ariz. – July 6, 2010 – Despite ongoing challenges in funding that face Arizona’s university system, the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona in Tucson concluded its fiscal year last week with a strong record of achievement in pursuit of its teaching, research, and outreach missions.
Eller College meets increased student demand despite limited resources.
- Through the addition of a cohort abroad in China and a new evening cohort, the College was able to increase the number of undergraduate students accepted into the professional phase of the program, which is limited by physical space. In the fall of 2005-2006, the College served 423 new juniors; for 2009-2010 the number was up to 511 (with 50 in the China cohort); the College is on track to serve 564 in 2010-2011 with the launch of the evening cohort in May 2010. Of those, 72 are studying in China this summer.
- The top-ranked Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) expanded its master’s program in 2009-2010, nearly doubling enrollment from 32 incoming students in 2008-2009 to 58 incoming students in 2009-2010. For fall 2010, the department anticipates enrolling 65 new students.
McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and Department of MIS continue to be global leaders in research and teaching.
- The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship continues to dominate rankings for entrepreneurship education. U.S. News & World Report placed the McGuire Center at #2 among public undergraduate programs and #4 among public graduate programs, and USA Today and the Princeton Review dubbed the Center the UA’s “crown jewel” in early 2010. McGuire alumni continue to launch companies conceived in the program: Notehall.com founders were featured on NBC’s Shark Tank in fall 2009, and 2009 year-end showcase winner Verdant Earth was featured on Discovery News in June 2010.
- The McGuire Center also welcomed Robert Lusch as the Jim and Pamela Muzzy Chair in Entrepreneurship. In that role, Lusch, who served as head of Eller’s Department of Marketing since 2004, will strengthen partnerships with faculty in the College’s six disciplines — accounting, economics, finance, management and organizations, management information systems, and marketing — and expand the role of entrepreneurship education in the College.
- The Department of MIS has been ranked among the top five programs in the nation since U.S. News & World Report initiated the MIS category 21 years ago. This year, the undergraduate program ranked #1 among public schools nationwide, and the graduate program ranked #4 among public schools. The Department also launched an online information security certificate program in 2010 and has developed a new dual-degree program with City University of Hong Kong, set to begin next year.
College bucks nationwide giving trends by attracting new support.
- In a 2009 survey, the Council for Aid to Education found that university alumni participation hit a record low, and that donations dropped nationwide by 11.9 percent. Yet the Eller College received a combined $4.5 million in support for three new endowed chairs: the Emerald Foundation has established the Frances McClelland Chair in Accounting, the Tyler family has established the Tyler Family Endowed Chair in Finance, and the Cottrell Foundation has established the Munsinger Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
- In February, the College launched the sports management minor, a student-driven
academic option designed for non-business students. The program is supported by a multi-year gift commitment from Brent A. Seebohm, former UA associate athletic director and past president of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators.
- EthicsPoint, a leading provider of hotline and anti-fraud reporting and case management services, developed a new product for Eller, the GoodCat Hotline, which is designed to empower students to report their observations of academic dishonesty in the classroom.
Talented undergraduate student succeed in national spotlight.
- In December 2009, a team of Eller undergraduates placed first in a competition to develop a peer promotional plan for the Honda Insight, beating out 20 other schools nationwide. The UA team was one of three finalists to present to a panel of judges from American Honda Motor Company and ad agency Ruben Postaer and Associates in Los Angeles.
- A team of Eller undergraduates took first place in a competition to produce a public service announcement detailing the importance of cash donations during disaster relief efforts. The team's advertisement, "Give Him What He Needs," won in the print category of the Public Service Announcements for International Disasters nationwide competition.
- In the fall, Eller undergraduates also topped the Las Vegas Altria Sales Competition, placed third in the Ohio State Biz Quiz, and served on the only U.S. team to make the finals in the Dalhousie Ethics Case Competition.
2009-2010 also marked the tenth anniversary of the naming of the College in honor of entrepreneur Karl Eller (BSBA Marketing ’52), who continues to engage directly with students by judging competitions and speaking to classes. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends gathered to honor him in September at a barbeque and reception.
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 #12 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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