Today we learned that our MBA program ranked 20th in the world and 5th among smaller full-time MBA programs by the Aspen Institute. This is consistent with our rank of 22 in 2009 and an improvement over our first participation in the survey in 2007, when we ranked 66th. The “big reveal” happened at midnight. Drama aside, the ranking is a positive testament to the validity of our goals in the Graduate School of Business.
This ranking, entitled “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” is accumulated and published every two years. In the words of the Institute it “salutes the Top 100 MBA Programs that work to integrate the social, environmental and economic realities of business into management teaching and research.” To be ranked highly on this survey indicates that we value and are engaged with matters that matter. Ethical and sustainable business practices have been the fabric of our curriculum for decades. It is gratifying to know that this position and the efforts of our faculty are both valued and recognized by influential groups outside of our school.
The methodology for this ranking is rigorous and detailed. This year 149 schools from 22 countries participated. Graduate courses, faculty research and extracurricular programming that incorporate ethical problem solving and environmental impact are elaborated and documented. Special thanks go to all faculty members teaching in the MBA program and to Robert Kolb, Ph.D., the Considine Chair of Business Ethics and Risk Management and Pamela McCoy, the Director of the MBA Program who coordinated the process and managed the survey data.
The complete ranking of the Top 100 MBA Programs is available at www.beyondgreypinstripes.org. The Executive Director of the Aspen Institute indicated that “In all scoring categories used to determine the ranking, business schools have raised the bar.” Maintaining and increasing our ranking on this important survey is a tribute to our faculty, our program and our commitment to educate Responsible Business Leaders
We constantly strive to do better and the Graduate School of Business will continue to pursue this path. But for today at least, I hope that all our faculty members and students can relax, smile and enjoy the results of a job well done.