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Last modified: Thursday, August 19, 2004

U.S. News rankings again highlight IU programs

Eight Kelley School specialties ranked among top 10 in nation

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Once again, U.S. News & World Report magazine recognized several programs at Indiana University's Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses as among those "to look for" in the magazine's annual ranking of the nation's top colleges and universities.

The magazine also again rated the undergraduate program at IU Bloomington's Kelley School of Business among the best in the nation and cited it in nearly a dozen specialties.

For the third year in a row, U.S. News recognized IU Bloomington and IUPUI for the quality of their educational experiences for first-year students. They were noted for building into their curricula seminars and programs that bring small groups of students together with faculty.

Both IU Bloomington and IUPUI were recognized for their success in promoting learning communities -- building connections among fellow students and between students and professors. IUPUI again was cited for its efforts to promote service learning -- the use of volunteering in the community as an educational strategy.

IU Bloomington again was cited for its successful efforts to encourage writing as an important part of the learning process at all levels and in all disciplines, and for the success of its programs for study abroad that provide interaction between students and other cultures.

Among undergraduate schools of business at public and private institutions, IUB's Kelley School of Business was tied with two schools for 11th. The Kelley School placed second only to the University of Michigan among undergraduate schools of business in the Big Ten.

"We are delighted to see that major areas such as management, marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship, supply chain management, finance, operations and information systems are ranked among the top 10 in the nation. Ultimately, corporate recruiters seek students in specific fields, and across the board Kelley's offerings are among the nation's elite," said Daniel C. Smith, interim dean of the Kelley School of Business.

Kelley School specialties were recognized in 11 categories: the management program was ranked fifth; entrepreneurship, finance, marketing programs and operations management were seventh; accounting, eighth; management information systems and supply chain management, ninth; quantitative analysis, 11th; real estate, 12th; and international business, 13th.

"We are planning to initiate a comprehensive review of our undergraduate program this coming year. I am confident that the outcomes of this process will result in the type of program innovations that will continue to advance the quality of the experience we provide to our students and the quality of the student we provide to employers," Smith said.

"Given the higher competitive nature of research universities and especially schools of business, it is especially pleasing to see so many of our business specializations singled out and given high marks," said Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis, interim IU senior vice president for academic affairs and chancellor of the IU Bloomington campus. "There are so many excellent business schools in the country, and it is good that IU is among them."

Overall, the magazine ranked Indiana University Bloomington in a tie for 30th among public national research universities. IU Northwest again was rated as one of the most diverse master's level universities in the Midwest.