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Tippie School of Management 37th in U.S. News Graduate School Ranking

U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Henry B. Tippie School of Management 37th among the top 50 MBA programs in the nation.

The Tippie School moved up ten places in the 2005 ranking, up from 47th last year. It is ranked 18th among public universities and colleges. In the specialty rankings, the Department of Accounting was ranked 27th by U.S. News, up one spot from last year, and was 14th among public universities. The Department of Economics was ranked 34th, and 16th among public universities.

The rankings are determined by a combination of factors that include measures of program reputation, placement success of 2004 graduates, and student selectivity. U.S. News surveyed 391 accredited MBA programs in the U.S. from among the more than 600 programs that are offered nationally.

Gary Fethke, Dean of the Tippie College of Business, said the Tippie School emphasizes recruiting the right mix of students, providing a coherent program of excellent courses taught by a fine faculty, and employing a placement strategy that matches a graduate's skills with the appropriate company.

"These actions will pay off in the rankings in the long run, not because they are aimed at them, but because they are the right thing to do for the program," he said.

Fethke noted that out of the 89 business schools ranked by U.S. News, almost half have 200 or fewer full-time MBA students. The Tippie School had 150 students enrolled in 2004, and is in the sub-group of small programs. Within this sub-group, the Tippie School ranks third, he said.

Gary Gaeth, Associate Dean of MBA programs in the Tippie School of Management, said the quality of students and placement efforts helped influence this year's ranking. The average salary and bonus reported by Tippie MBA graduates was $79,569 in 2004, with 93.2 percent employed within three months after graduation. This placement rate was fifth highest among the top 50 schools in the survey.

"As we've built our program, we've built strong personal relationships with our students and employers," Gaeth commented. "We're excited that our program remains in the Top 50 ranking, and are optimistic about the future, with a redesigned curriculum and our move into new facilities in the Pomerantz Center."

Along with the Fulltime MBA Program, Executive MBA classrooms and the MBA Career Services office will be among the many features of the Pomerantz Center, being constructed across Market Street from the John Pappajohn Business Building.

The Tippie MBA Program is devoted to providing students with the management training and skill development needed to succeed in today's business world. Students meet frequently with business executives through a series of in-house lectures and company visits. This exposure to working professionals, combined with a comprehensive business curriculum, ensures that Tippie graduates are prepared to make an immediate impact in the workplace.

The Tippie School of Management offers three MBA programs designed to enhance professional education: a Fulltime MBA; the MBA for Professionals and Managers (MBA-PM) in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and the Quad Cities; and the Executive MBA in Iowa City. The Tippie School also offers an International Executive MBA program in Hong Kong and Beijing.


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