U.S. News and World Report magazine has ranked Colorado State University’s College of Business among the best programs in the nation. The college was ranked 87th, moving up 10 positions since its last ranking of 97th in 2002.
"I am pleased that our world-class faculty, and their collective work to elevate the College of Business’ national stature through high-quality research and innovative educational programs, is being recognized," said Ajay Menon, dean of Colorado State University’s College of Business. "The more than 10-point rise in our national ranking this year is indicative of our rigorous academic programs, nationally-known faculty and top-quality students."
Other universities closely ranked with Colorado State include Clemson University, Lehigh University, Marquette University, Ohio University, Oklahoma State University, Rutgers and Temple University.
The U.S. News and World Report Best Undergraduate Business Programs rankings include both public and private national business programs. U.S. News surveyed deans and senior faculty at undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Colorado State’s College of Business was re-accredited in 2002 by the AACSB – the accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Out of the 1,400 four-year business programs nationwide, only 480 are accredited by the AACSB. Colorado State ranks in the top 20 percent of the 480 accredited four-year business programs in the world – 65 of the accredited intuitions are foreign based.
Along with the U.S. News national ranking, Colorado State’s College of Business added many accomplishments this year. Other honors include:
– Announcement of a $1.5 million gift from two prominent Northern Colorado real estate developers to establish an endowed chair in the College of Business’ real estate program. The gift will bring a nationally-known expert to the university to provide cutting-edge research, academic leadership and expertise to work with national real estate companies while serving as the director of the Center for Investment and Real Estate Finance at Colorado State. Eric Holsapple and Don Marostica, Colorado State alumni and owners of Loveland Commercial, LLC, donated the funds to create the first endowed chair at the university’s College of Business – the Loveland Commercial Endowed Chair in Real Estate.
– Co-sponsoring a national conference on business ethics with the AACSB, University of Colorado and University of Wyoming. Business educators from across the country attended the conference, which was designed to improve and increase the teaching of business ethics at colleges and universities.
– Holding a comprehensive business ethics symposium in Denver in conjunction with The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
– The Department of Marketing was ranked in the top 20 in the nation by a recent American Marketing Association study in terms of research impact.
– Professor Stan Slator was ranked as seventh in the nation in the AMA study in the area of individual scholar impact.
– The college now houses the national office of the Management Honorary Society, with Professor Jim Francis serving as the national president.
– The long standing success of the college’s distance MBA program has often been the standard in helping other Colleges of Business design and develops their distance learning programs. Kiplinger magazine has named the MBA program as one of the top "big name" programs in the country that offers the degree at a distance. The magazine noted that Colorado State’s distance MBA program has a reputation for high standards and is accredited by the AACSB, two essential criteria for participants to set themselves apart when interviewing with personnel managers and executive recruiters.
With about 2200 undergraduate students, the college has grown 49 percent in the past seven years. With the popularity of the program at Colorado State, the College of Business has one of the highest admission standards at the university and among other business programs in the state.
Colorado State’s College of Business includes the departments of Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Finance and Real Estate, Management and Marketing as well as housing the Centers for Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics and Social Policy, Education and Research in E-Business, Investment and Real Estate Finance, Institute of Transportation Management and Corporate Financial Reporting.