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Business School Climbs in Several Rankings
By David Bauman
The School of Business has been named one of the best in the nation by Business Week, an outstanding achievement in the very competitive field of graduate business education.
Out of more than 1,200 business schools nationwide, UConn is the only public business school in New England to be included, and is one of two Connecticut schools - with Yale - to be ranked.
"We are delighted to share company with the most elite business schools in the country," says C.F. Sirmans, interim dean of business. "It pleases us to have Business Week
validate what we, our students, and stakeholders already know - that a UConn School of Business education is exceptional."
Business Week's rankings of the nation's top business schools, published every two years, are one of the most closely watched barometers among business schools. This is the first year UConn's School of Business has been ranked among the best in the nation, and reflects the upward trajectory of the School during the past few years.
U.S. News & World Report also cites the UConn School of Business as the number one public business school in New England. Forbes magazine ranks UConn's MBA program as having one of the highest return-on-investments in the nation. And, most recently, the Wall Street Journal elevated UConn to its list of Top Business Schools for 2003. The latest ranking by Business Week places the UConn School of Business among the top 30 at public universities nationwide.
"While rankings do not drive our educational and research mission," notes Sirmans, "they do help us to fulfill it by strengthening our ability to attract the best faculty and recruit the brightest students. Prospective MBA students do consider rankings in their choice of an MBA program."
The UConn School of Business now occupies one of the most technological ly advanced research and learning facilities in the nation. Its brand new state-of-the-art building opened its doors last fall.
"The School is known for its innovative curriculum design that incorporates 'learning accelerators' to leverage traditional teaching, with high-profile corporate partnering that works to solve real-time business challenges," explains Richard Dino, associate dean. "Students have chosen UConn over other schools, in particular because of these accelerators that provide unparalleled, experiential learning opportunities."