AUBURN – According to the U.S. News & World Report 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges, the Auburn University College of Business has been named 52nd among more than 500 undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Among public institutions, Auburn is ranked No. 30 in the nation, marking the sixth consecutive year the College of Business has attained a top 40 business rating. For the second consecutive year, Auburn finished in a tie with the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration and ranked sixth among Southeastern Conference-member institutions behind the University ! of Florida’s Warrington College of Business, the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business, the University of Arkansas’ Walton College of Business and the University of Tennessee’s College of Business.
“In today’s competitive environment, we are pleased to maintain our position among the nation’s top 40 public business schools,” said Paul Bobrowski, dean of the College of Business. “We are continually conducting internal and external needs analyses in order that we may best utilize resources to support academic and student programs of need.”
Unlike the methodology used by the magazine to rank national universities and liberal arts colleges, the ranking of undergraduate business programs is based solely on the opinions of others. Each spring, U.S. News surveys deans and senior faculty at undergraduate business programs accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business! (AACSB). Participants are asked to rate the quality of all programs they are familiar with on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished). The “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” rankings are determined by this peer survey.
“Putting aside rivalries for the moment, it is a great sign for the future of this state to have the business schools at Auburn and Alabama on par and be so highly regarded by our peers,” said Bobrowski. “With this kind of quality business education available at home, the citizens of Alabama have a greater opportunity to retain the best and the brightest students in-state so that they can become the next generation of Alabama business leaders when they graduate.”
Unchanged from 2008, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School was ranked as the nation’s top undergraduate business program while the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor were ranked best among public institutions for 2009.
(Contributed by Dina Kanellos Roberts.)