UT Business performs well in U.S. News and Gartner rankings

September 22, 2014

The College of Business Administration’s undergraduate business program ranked 31st among all public universities and 51st among all of America’s business schools in U.S. News and World Report’s recently released “2015 Best Colleges” edition.

The college’s supply chain management program continued its upward trajectory, ranking third among public research universities and fourth in the nation.

“These rankings reflect both the quality of and our commitment to undergraduate education,” said Steve Mangum, dean of the College of Business Administration. “We are extremely gratified by this recognition of the dedication of our faculty, our staff and our students.”

U.S. News surveyed deans and senior faculty at business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in spring 2014 for the rankings. Participants were asked to rate the quality of programs of which they were familiar on a scale from one to five, with five being distinguished.

The University of Tennessee ranked 50th among all public universities and 106th nationally in the same rankings. The university improved in the ranking criteria in areas including the high school counselor peer assessment, average freshman retention rate, graduation rate and the percentage of freshmen in the top 10 percent of their high school class. UT also was ranked 24th nationally among colleges providing the best support for veterans returning to school.

In addition to the U.S. News rankings, Gartner Inc., a leading industry company, also has recognized the college’s supply chain program recently for the quality of both its undergraduate and graduate program offerings. UT’s supply chain program climbed to third in the nation in both rankings.

Gartner Inc. ranked forty-four universities nationwide using research gathered through surveys and interviews of industry professionals and academics. The surveys identified industry sentiment and recruiting patterns, and included information on a university’s program composition, number of students, professors and scope of curriculum.

The report lauded UT for being a program leader in the areas of supply chain brand, scope, industry value and applied work experience.