Auburn University supply chain program ranks among top in nation

AUBURN – The Auburn University College of Business is ranked among the nation’s top 25 supply chain education providers, according to a recent report released by global research firm Gartner Inc. Gartner surveyed more than 400 supply chain practitioners and academics and evaluated domestic programs based on criteria that included industry value, program size and program scope.

At the undergraduate level, Auburn ranked at 19.5, as did with Indiana University, the University of Kansas, the University of South Carolina and Texas Christian University. The University of Tennessee, at 9.5, was the only other Southeastern Conference school in the undergraduate ranking. Auburn was ranked 25th at the graduate level and 20th among public institutions.

“It is noteworthy that the Gartner ranking includes a larger and more diverse range of candidate programs this year, including engineering programs such as those at Texas A&M and Stanford as well as programs with a focus on operations management decision sciences such as those at Georgia Tech, Rutgers and Indiana,” said Joe Hanna, associate dean for research and outreach and professor of supply chain management. “To be ranked among these institutions is a true honor.”

This is not the first time that the Auburn College of Business has been recognized for its supply chain management program. In 2005 and again in 2009, Auburn appeared among the nation’s top 20 in a study published in Supply Chain Management Review. The study evaluated educational programs on nine criteria including faculty, curricula, reputation and alumni visibility and was based on a survey of supply chain professionals and university educators.

“The supply chain management program at Auburn has a rich and storied past, and much credit should be given to our faculty for the program’s longevity and continued success,” said Bill Hardgrave, dean and Wells Fargo Professor. “While this latest ranking is just one measure of the excellence of our program, it confirms that we are on the right path. I am pleased that our peers and industry leaders have recognized our efforts to elevate the quality of the student experience.”

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(Contributed by Dina Kanellos Roberts.)

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