Marriott Alumni Magazine

Winter 2015

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School News mba Program Garners High Rankings from Businessweek BYU’s MBA program was ranked No. 27 overall in Bloomberg Businessweek’s full-time MBA rankings, a five-spot rise from the program’s last finish in 2012. The ranking comes on the heels of other recent top placements, including No. 17 and No. 27 rankings from Forbes and U.S. News & World Report, respectively. “This year’s ranking is a well-deserved recognition of our program’s extraordinary students, faculty, and staff,” says Lee Perry, Marriott School dean. “This ranking is a team effort and every player involved is a difference-maker in the lives of our outstanding students.” Bloomberg Businessweek placed BYU at No. 12 overall in student satisfaction and No. 38 in recruiter satisfaction among the 112 full-time MBA programs surveyed. The program also reported the third-highest percentage on graduates’ return on investment among schools ranked in the top 30 with an average of 39 percent of school costs recouped in the first year after graduation. “We’re thrilled about the increasing acknowledgement of the quality of BYU’s MBA program by our students and employers,” says John Bingham, MBA program director. “We are particularly pleased to see our No. 12 position on the student survey rank. Our program focuses on providing a high quality student experience and we are gratified to see our efforts are having an impact.” To compile its rankings, Bloomberg Businessweek evaluated full-time MBA programs on three measures: a survey of student satisfaction (45 percent of the ranking); a survey of employers who hire those graduates (45 percent); and the expertise of each school’s faculty, measured by faculty research in esteemed journals (10 percent). For a complete explanation of the ranking’s methodology, visit businessweek.com. Entrepreneurship Programs Ranked in Top 10 for Fifth-Straight Year BYU’s undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs were ranked No. 4 and No. 7, respectively, by the Princeton Review’s annual survey for Entrepreneur magazine. The ranking marks the fifth-straight year both programs have been ranked in the top 10 and highlights the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology’s commitment to helping BYU students be among the most prepared in the country for success in self-started businesses. “The Rollins Center is the recognized leader in executing the lean start-up model that is at the core of our programs,” says Lee Perry, dean of the Marriott School. “Both our undergraduate and graduate students have demonstrated they can model, form, and grow highly successful companies, and the world is taking notice.” The Princeton Review evaluates schools based on a wide range of institutional data, including each school’s level of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom; the percentage of faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors; the number of mentorship programs available to students; and the amount of funding for scholarships and grants awarded for entrepreneurial studies and projects. The Rollins Center offers numerous opportunities to entrepreneurially minded students, including its mentoring program and various competitions. BYU students have claimed first place at the International Business Model Competition and the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards and have received other honors. Scott Petersen, managing director of the Rollins Center, asserts that the center’s initiatives provide BYU students fertile ground for their entrepreneurial ideas. “We are quickly achieving our vision of becoming a global leader in launching successful start-ups and preparing BYU students to become world-class entrepreneurial leaders,” Petersen says. “We are pleased to be recognized for the fifth-straight year as one of the leading entrepreneurship programs in the country.” Supply Chain Programs Earn Top Rankings The Marriott School’s global supply chain programs shot up to their highest spots ever in the latest rankings released by Gartner, with the undergraduate program coming in at No. 6 and the graduate program placing No. 14 in the nation. The undergraduate program made its first appearance in Gartner’s top ten, with its placement making it the top program in the West. The graduate ranking is the first for the school and the top standing among all collegiate global supply chain programs that do not offer a PhD. “We are proud of where the global supply chain programs are headed,” says Tom Foster, marketing and global supply chain department chair. “These rankings validate the hard work of our students,

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