BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's Kelley School of Business this week is being recognized by Forbes and U.S. News & World Report magazines for the quality of both its undergraduate and master's degree programs. U.S. News also again noted several other programs at IU's Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses as among those "to look for."
Kelley is unique among Big Ten business schools in that both its undergraduate and graduate programs consistently are considered among the nation's best.
For the fourth year in a row, U.S. News recognized IU Bloomington and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis campuses for the quality of their educational experiences for first-year students. They were noted for building into their curricula seminars and programs that bring small groups of students together with faculty.
Both IU Bloomington and IUPUI were recognized for their success in promoting learning communities -- building connections among fellow students, and between students and professors. IUPUI again was cited for its efforts to promote service learning -- the use of volunteering in the community as an educational strategy.
IU Bloomington again was cited for its successful efforts to encourage writing as an important part of the learning process at all levels and in all disciplines. IU Northwest is one of the most racially diverse master's level universities in the Midwest, and was cited for having a 21 percent African American enrollment.
"I don't see much change between this year and last year's U.S. News rankings," said Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis, IU senior vice president for academic affairs and chancellor of the IU Bloomington campus. "I'm pleased that business has done so well and also that our actual graduation rate significantly exceeds the predicted one. It is always good to have certain programs particularly mentioned, such as writing across the disciplines, the freshman-year experience and living-learning communities. This report, of course, is one of many, and they all should be considered to arrive at a reasonable composite view."
Among undergraduate schools of business at public and private institutions, IU's Kelley School of Business was ranked 11th by U.S. News and was cited in 10 specialties. It placed second only to the University of Michigan among undergraduate schools of business in the Big Ten. Forbes ranked Kelley's Master of Business Administration program as 22nd best and third in the Big Ten. No other Big Ten schools had programs ranked in the top 25 of both magazines. Last fall, Business Week ranked Kelley's MBA program 18th.
U.S. News recognized Kelley School specialties in 10 categories: entrepreneurship and operations management programs were ranked sixth; finance, management and marketing were seventh; accounting and quantitative analysis, ninth; supply chain management, 11th; and management information systems and international business, 12th.
Daniel C. Smith, the newly appointed dean of the Kelley School, said the rankings reflect well on the school's legacy, but also indicate needs which are being addressed.
"The Kelley School has long offered one of the nation's elite undergraduate programs. While we are pleased with being ranked as the No. 6 public program in the nation and by having seven of our major fields of study ranked in the top 10 overall, we are by no means satisfied," Smith said. "Our goal is to be the premier public program in the nation and to be the school of first choice by the country's best students and corporate recruiters. Toward this end, this year we will launch a host of curriculum innovations that will help us to further improve on the quality of the total educational experience that our students receive."
U.S. News business rankings are solely based on a peer survey of deans and senior faculty at undergraduate programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The Forbes survey is based on a five-year gain in annual salary reported by MBA graduates in 2000.
Overall, U.S. News ranked Indiana University Bloomington 30th among public national research universities.