August 17, 2010

Fisher moves up to 14 in U.S. News ranking

The undergraduate program at Fisher College of Business climbed two places to 14th in the 2010 U.S. News ranking of best business programs in the magazine’s “2011 America’s Best Colleges” edition released in August. The program ranked seventh among public institutions.

U.S. News rankings are based solely on a peer survey of deans and senior faculty at undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, according to the magazine. Respondents were asked to rate the quality of programs with which they’re familiar on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished).

“We are pleased that deans and faculty at other business schools who are surveyed for the U.S. News rankings place such a high value on undergraduate education at Fisher,” said Christine A. Poon, dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair of Business. “Much of the credit goes to Fisher’s world-class academic departments who continue to attract high-quality faculty, and our talented staff, who ensure we offer the finest programs to develop skilled graduates who possess the knowledge and global perspectives required to be effective leaders in business. We are also grateful to our partners in the business community that provide internships and other learning opportunities to students.”

Fisher’s undergraduate program provides students a mix of practical theory plus real-world experience, which fosters the development of unique leadership qualities. The college offers opportunities for professional, hands-on work experiences and field studies through Fisher’s business partnerships, international study and field excursions, weekly presentation skills workshops, leadership and teambuilding programs and opportunities for community service.

“Complementing students’ coursework with programs designed to build skills necessary for success in today’s fast-paced business environment is a foundation of the Fisher experience,” said Rao Unnava, associate dean for undergraduate programs and W. Arthur Cullman Professor of Marketing.