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Last modified: Monday, May 10, 2010

IU Kelley School's executive education programs again ranked among world's best by 'Financial Times'

May 10, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The executive education provider at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is No. 1 among all publicly supported, U.S. programs, as ranked by the Financial Times today (May 10) in its annual survey of international non-degree programs.

Of the 65 business schools ranked worldwide -- including 48 schools from outside the United States -- the Kelley School moved up to 10th among all U.S. institutions and 25th overall.

In a field dominated by business schools from across Europe, Asia, South America and North America, no other Indiana school was ranked. Many well known universities that have prominent programs in executive education did not make the list.

The Financial Times rankings follow another recent recognition for Kelley Executive Partners. In March, Kelley Executive Partners joined 14 leading organizations in technology, consumer products, media, financial services, telecommunications, real estate, accounting and staffing services as a winner in the Bersin & Associates' 2010 Learning Leaders Program.

The award recognizes organizations which have developed and implemented effective and efficient approaches to employee learning and talent management, resulting in significant business improvement. Kelley Executive Partners was recognized for its customized executive education tools such as its Alternate Reality Game, which combines social and mobile technologies along with collaborative and competitive team problem solving.

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Others recognized with 2010 Learning Leaders Awards included Accenture, Adobe Systems, AT&T, Cisco, Booz Allen, Caldwell Banker Commercial, Nielsen, Qualcomm and Seagate Technologies.

John F. Cady, executive director of Kelley Executive Partners, was pleased with the results especially given the highly competitive nature among providers of executive education worldwide.

"We have added capabilities to help our corporate clients meet their management and executive development needs efficiently and effectively, using faculty and resources from across IU," Cady said. "We have now applied the on-line instructional capabilities created at the Kelley School to allow our clients to develop their managerial and executive resources more effectively and efficiently than historically possible.

"We have also expanded our international reach to work with executives in corporations based outside of the U.S.," Cady added.

The rankings are compiled from responses to two sets of questionnaires. The first is a client survey, compiled from telephone interviews with top corporate executive education purchasers. The other is a survey of statistical data completed by the business schools. The data from the client questionnaire accounts for 80 percent of the school's final score.

Dan Smith, dean of the Kelley School of Business, noted that the Kelley School has been a leader in custom-designed executive education since 1968, when it established its first educational partnership.

"Kelley Executive Partners' custom product line has grown extensively in scope and variety as it works closely with its clients," Smith said. "The value of these programs is measured not only inside the classroom in terms of innovative learning environments, but outside the classroom in terms of improved organizational performance, breakthrough thinking and business results. Our clients are telling us through this survey that the Kelley School is providing them with the leadership competencies and business capabilities they require to compete in the global environment."