Originally posted by Matt Turner on McCombs Today.
McCombs Hits 19 In Businessweek’s Coveted MBA Ranking
The Texas MBA Program soared to No. 19 in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2012 biennial ranking of the best business schools in the nation.
Now in its 13th season, Businessweek’s survey is widely considered America’s most influential business school ranking. The Businessweek ranking, which debuted in 1988, has only three components: student satisfaction (45 percent), employer satisfaction (45 percent), and intellectual capital (10 percent).
The Texas MBA Program improved in all three areas, with an especially strong rally in the employer survey, where the school came in 15th in the nation based on 663 responses. In the student survey, McCombs received a letter grade of “A” for career services, leadership skills, and caliber of classmates.
“We are pleased with our top-20 ranking,” says Tina Mabley, director of the full-time MBA program. “Businessweek measures two of our key stakeholders: students and employers. While we don’t manage to the rankings, exceeding student expectations and developing exceptional talent for today’s employers is always our goal.”
In the intellectual capital component, which measures the faculty’s research prowess, McCombs rose to 4th place, besting big-hitters such as Chicago’s Booth School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), Harvard, and Stanford.
(New this year, Businessweek.com included videos of MBA life at the top-25 programs—check out McCombs’ video—and has launched a new online B-School finder tool, which enables readers to compare schools around the world on more than 100 metrics.)
For the fourth time in a row, Chicago took the highest spot out of 63 ranked institutions. Harvard and Wharton came in second and third, respectively.
McCombs was a top gunner among schools that ascended in rank. Having risen six spots from No. 25, the school’s robust increase was matched only by Cornell among the top-30 schools ranked in the business journal’s 2010 list.
Other top schools seeing improvements in rank included Carnegie Mellon, Indiana, and Notre Dame (all up four).
Schools dropping in rank included the likes of Berkeley and Columbia, as well as Brigham Young and Minnesota (all down five). Those taking a tumble also included Michigan State and Southern Methodist University (down 15 and 17 ranks, respectively).
Apart from McCombs, the only other Texas school to land in the top 30 was Texas A&M at rank 26. SMU came in at 29th, Rice at 36th, and Texas Christian University at 46th.