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Utah business schools highly ranked

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 23 2010 7:56 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — One of the University of Utah's graduate school programs has been recognized as one of the best in the nation, according to a newly released survey.

The Financial Times' 2010 global rankings rated the David Eccles School of Business Executive MBA program No. 38 in the United States and No. 88 worldwide. It was the sixth-straight year the program has made the list.

The dean of the said the school's consistently high rankings are a testament to the high quality of both students and faculty.

"The quality of student in this program is outstanding," Taylor Randall, dean of the Eccles School of Business, told the Deseret News. "There are people that are running multimillion dollar companies."

The report also ranked the program's faculty No. 22 among U.S. schools for the productivity faculty research published in leading journals, the highest of all Utah colleges.

"What you get are leading-edge students that are leading industry and … faculty that are out on the edge of business knowledge," Randall said. "That's a great combination."

Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Business ranked No. 98 worldwide among schools listed in the report.

Randall explained that the rankings were drawn from two primary sources of information — with 55 percent of the score based on online alumni surveys and 45 percent of the score based on data from respective business schools.

The alumni information is gleaned from online surveys completed by thousands of Executive MBA graduates three years after graduation and from all participating schools in areas ranging from salary increases to career progression and fulfillment of professional goals associated with involvement in the program.

The information gathered from the business schools includes such criteria as diversity of faculty and students, international reach of the program, languages spoken by students and the productivity of faculty publishing articles in major academic and industry journals.

Randall said the current tumultuous job market and historic economic recession has highlighted the need for many people to seek to bolster their career prospects by furthering their education.

"Great management talent is rare," Randall said. "The training to become a great manager is always going to be very, very valuable … more so in these types of economic times."

For more information about the Financial Times and its rankings, visit www.ft.com.

e-mail: jlee@desnews.com

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