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The Dean's Digest - January 2013

01/07/13 -  


Rankings. Athletic coaches love them ... and hate them. Life is good for the football coach when his team earns a Top 25 ranking in the polls, but fans and alumni grumble when the team falls out of the rankings due to a loss.

So it is with universities and with business schools. We are happy when we are ranked (highly) and we are sad when we fail to make the rankings or slip in the rankings.

Right about now, we in the McColl School are pretty darned happy! As you saw in the headline article of the newsletter, our MBA program earned a #5 ranking among North American business schools, according to CEO Magazine in its 2012 Global MBA rankings.

Let's try to put our #5 ranking in perspective. I believe there are three compelling consequences of the recognition from CEO Magazine.

First, the ranking provides external validation for the collective work of McColl faculty, staff and students over the past several years. We didn't suddenly pop up in world of MBA programs with smoke and mirrors. We have been delivering high quality MBA education for a long time, and the #5 ranking proves that point. Someone outside the campus and outside the Charlotte metro area - heck, someone outside the United States! - took notice of what we are doing here and proclaimed the McColl MBA to be one of the best in North America.

Second, the ranking meshes perfectly with the new Queens University strategic plan (Queens 2017: Reimagine Excellence) and is consistent with the new McColl School of Business vision statement. One of the strategic imperatives of the Queens strategic plan calls for increased visibility, and a #5 ranking definitely speaks to that! Further, the new McColl vision statement challenges us to "... earn a national reputation among AACSB-accredited business schools." This ranking certainly jumpstarts efforts to promote the McColl School brand nationally.

Finally, the ranking is a source of pride. Pride for all alumni who hold McColl School degrees; the intrinsic value of that degree just increased. Pride for those of us who work in Sykes and on the Queens campus. And pride for the city of Charlotte, featured so prominently in our name - Queens University of Charlotte.

We are on the move, folks. This is only the beginning of a new era for our beloved business school. We're #5!!

As always, we'd love to hear from you, we'd love to meet you for coffee some morning, and we would love for you to subscribe to the blog. It's your move.

Ron Shiffler


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