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Summer 2013

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School News Undergraduate Business Program Ranked No. 12 BYU’s undergraduate business program soared nine places to No. 12 in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2013 rankings. The Marriott School also ranked No. 1 in accounting, No. 2 in ethics, and No. 3 in employer satisfaction. “BYU is one of the few schools that does very well in both of the main ranking measures—the student and employer surveys,” says Geoff Gloeckler, Bloomberg BusinessWeek staff editor. BYU was the only school from Utah in the top 50 and was the second-highest-rated school in the west, behind No. 11 University of California, Berkeley. Notre Dame was No. 1 for the fourth consecutive year. Rounding out the top five were Virginia, Cornell, Washington University in St. Louis, and Pennsylvania. Only 145 colleges met BusinessWeek’s rigorous criteria to be considered for the undergraduate business rankings. Schools must have an accredited undergraduate business degree program that meets criteria for program size, age, test scores, grade point averages for business majors, and number of full-time tenured faculty, among other requirements. Colleges were ranked according to six weighted sets of data: a survey of more than 85,000 students; a survey of 519 corporate recruiters; median starting salaries for graduates; the number of graduates admitted to MBA programs; median starting salary for the most recent graduating class; and an academic quality measure consisting of SAT/ACT test scores for business majors, full-time faculty-to-student ratios in the business program, average class size in core business classes, the percentage of business majors with internships, and the number of hours students spend preparing for class each week. “We’re very excited to see the school in BusinessWeek’s top tier,” says Gary Cornia, Marriott School dean. “We’re proud of what our students and faculty are doing to build the school’s reputation for talent and integrity around the world.” Romney Institute Honors Gwen Holm with Distinguished Alumni Award The Romney Institute of Public Management honored Gwen Holm, director of mission support at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, with its 2012 N. Dale Wright Distinguished Alumni Award. “Holm embodies the personal and professional qualities expected of our graduates,” says David Hart, director of the Romney Institute. “We celebrate her years of untiring public service.” Holm received the award last fall at a ceremony held in the Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. She was chosen by faculty members for her commitment to high standards of excellence and to service at work and in her community. At the program, N. Dale Wright, former Romney Institute director, presented Holm with a painting he created. Several emeritus MPA professors also attended the ceremony, including Doyle Buckwalter, Gloria Wheeler, and James McDonald. The 1983 MPA graduate is responsible for the flight center’s offices of acquisition, finance, facilities, and protective services. Holm was selected for senior executive service in December 2000 and assumed her present position of mission support director in 2001. In 2005 and 2010 she received the rank of meritorious executive for her accomplishments in NASA programs. When accepting this award, Holm shared her vision for public service. “Public service is an honor and a great responsibilitywe are stewards of taxpayer dollars,” Holm said. “Our jobs may seem thankless at times, but we should take great pride in the knowledge that we can make bad things good and good things better.”

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