Monday, September 12, 2022
Tom Snee

The University of Iowa is the best public university for writing in the disciplines according to the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings, and the Tippie College of Business is a significant contributor to that success.

In business school rankings, Tippie continues to be one of the top undergraduate business schools in the country, ranking #23 among public universities, up from #24 last year. Among all universities, the college was ranked #34, up from #36 in 2022. The college’s accounting program jumped to #35, from #50 last year.

The University of Iowa also ranked first in writing in the disciplines among public universities, which recognizes the importance of writing and communication among all disciplines, and second among all universities. Tippie’s focus on building students’ writing talents through the Frank Business Communication Center is a big part of that ranking. The Frank Center provides undergraduate business students with the resources needed to ensure they have career-ready communication skills. It’s one of the few centers of its type at a U.S. business school, and it fills a demand from American business leaders for graduates with strong writing and communication skills.

The Frank Center dates to 1998, when the college started the Accounting Writing and Communications Program to teach accounting students how to use words as well as numbers to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients. The accounting program has since added presentation skills, data visualization, and professional ethics to its curriculum, and served as the model for the Frank Center.

No less than the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) describes the Tippie program as "a model for the academic community," "a best practice," and "a significant advantage for Tippie's accounting students." Alumni have reported their writing experience is one of the most valuable aspects of their education and the communication skills they learned help them stand out in the job market.

The college takes advantage of the outstanding writing talent on campus, employing many of the students in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, International Writing Program, Non-Fiction Writing MFA degree, and other writing programs as consultants in the Frank Center. They serve about 2,000 students every year.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010 (o); 319-541-8434 (c); tom-snee@uiowa.edu