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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

The McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at the Eller College of Management ranks #2 nationally in leading survey

Entrepreneur magazine distinguishes the Eller College’s McGuire Entrepreneurship Program as first in the nation among public schools and #2 among all programs nationally, in addition to ranking Gary Libecap fourth in the country among university entrepreneurship directors.

TUCSON, Ariz. – March 15, 2005 – In its April 2005 issue, Entrepreneur magazine, the only entity that exclusively surveys U.S. entrepreneurship education, ranked the Eller College of Management Karl Eller Center/McGuire Entrepreneurship Program second in the country and the number one entrepreneurship program among public schools nationwide for the second consecutive year.

The magazine named program director Gary Libecap, professor of economics, entrepreneurship, and law, fourth in the country, marking the McGuire Program’s debut to rankings of top directors.

In addition to leading in peer rankings, the Eller College was one of only four schools to remain in the national, top-12 tier ranking since the survey’s inception three years ago, outperforming programs at Harvard Business School, University of Texas at Austin, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford and several other top schools. The tiered ranking process is based on a scientific assessment of some 60+ data points for each program.

“The vibrant, dynamic growth in university entrepreneurship stems from the vision and commitment of innovative programs and excellent educators all around the country,” Libecap noted. “To be recognized as a leader among these terrific educators and programs is an honor. We are so pleased to make a contribution to this exciting discipline.”

A number of recent honors and awards further illustrate the strength of the entrepreneurship program at the Eller College:

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is a National Model Program of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is home to the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, ranked the #2 public undergraduate and #1 public graduate program in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. Established in 1984, it was one of the first university-based entrepreneurship centers in the country. Today, the Center offers entrepreneurship education for any graduate program at the University of Arizona and reaches more than 1,000 undergraduate students every semester. With courses in business, law, science, engineering, health, medicine, arts, and humanities, the McGuire Center advances the state and regional economy, advances entrepreneurship education nationwide, and teaches life-long problem solving for economic, social, scientific, and environmental progress.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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