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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

U.S. News Ranks UA’s MIS Program 1st Among Public Universities

This year, the Eller College's MIS program ranked first among all public universities and third overall.

By University Communications
August 20, 2009

U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2010 report is out, and Eller College of Management ranked in a tie for 15th place among undergraduate business programs at public universities.

America's Best Colleges 2010The Eller College is also the one of only three institutions to maintain top-five status in the Management Information Systems business specialty since the inception of the U.S. News rankings in 1989, the two other institutions being MIT and Carnegie Mellon. This year, Eller's MIS program ranked first among all public universities and third overall.

"The MIS department here at the Eller College has ranked in the top five for over 20 years now, so it was no surprise that it came in at number three this year," said Paul Portney, dean of the Eller College of Management and Halle Chair in Leadership. "All I'd like to add is, look out one and two!" 

The College’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship continues to rank high, placing second among all public universities and seventh overall.

The management specialty moved up to 11th among public schools and 16th overall from 16th and 21st in 2009.

The University of Arizona overall came in at a tie for 48th among public national universities.
U.S. News annually surveys colleges and universities by initially categorizing them by mission and in some cases by region. Data is gathered using seven indicators, which are assigned a weight by the magazine's staff, and colleges are ranked against their peers.

According to U.S. News, assessment by peers is given the greatest weight, 25 percent, in determining rankings. Other indicators include retention and graduation rates (20 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (5 percent) and alumni giving rate (5 percent). The top school in each category is given a rating of 100 and then all other institutions in that category are calculated proportionally against that score.

Highlights of the college rankings are scheduled for publication in the September edition of U.S. News & World Report.

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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