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Sept. 27, 2005

Tippie School Breaks Into Wall Street Journal Ranking

Recruiters gave the University of Iowa's Tippie School of Management high marks in The Wall Street Journal's latest ranking of MBA programs, placing the Tippie MBA 16th in its regional ranking.

The positive reviews from these recruiters pulled the Tippie MBA Program into the Wall Street Journal's ranking for the first time. The regional ranking includes 47 North American schools.

Gary Gaeth, associate dean of the Tippie School of Management, said "The Wall Street Journal survey measures one specific aspect of an MBA program -- recruiter satisfaction with MBA graduates. "The fact that these recruiters view our program favorably illustrates the quality of our graduates."

Harris Interactive, which conducted The Wall Street Journal ranking, based the results on the opinions and behaviors of 3,267 MBA recruiters who hire full-time business school graduates. Recruiters rated each school on 20 different attributes, their future plans to recruit at the school and the number of survey respondents who said they had recruited recently at the school.

Kathie Decker, director of MBA Career Services, said approximately 70 percent of Tippie MBA students accept jobs from Midwest employers; the remainder of employers are from all over the United States, including California and New York, as well as from around the world.

"Employers like Tippie MBA students because, in addition to their technical ability, they have a positive attitude and a strong work ethic," Decker explained.

In another recent ranking, The Economist magazine ranked the Tippie MBA program 37th among the 100 best full-time MBA programs in the world, 20th among those in the United States and seventh among U.S. public universities. Last year, The Economist ranked the Tippie MBA 38th in the world, 24th in the United States, and eighth among public U.S. universities.

The Economist reviews job placement, admissions standards and alumni network data as well as the results from student and alumni surveys. The survey covered career advancement, salaries, opportunities, personal development, networking opportunities, and overall educational experience of the MBA program.

The Tippie School of Management offers three MBA programs designed to enhance professional education: a Full-time MBA; the MBA for Professionals and Managers (MBA-PM) program, which is offered predominately in the evenings for students in Des Moines, Newton, Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities; and the Executive MBA, with programs in Iowa City and Des Moines. In addition, the Tippie School has expanded its offerings in recent years by providing a Dual Master's Degree Program for engineers, in conjunction with Iowa State University, and an  International Executive MBA program in both Hong Kong and Beijing.

The Tippie College of Business, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), is consistently ranked among the top business schools in the world. It provides instruction in a personalized setting with easy access to qualified faculty and staff, and its programs utilize the latest technology to ensure that students receive a comprehensive management education that will help them succeed in today's competitive world.


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