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Gary Lindblad, Asst. Dean and Director, Full -time MBA Tony Hansford, Executive Director, FEMBA Debbie Moysychyn, Executive Director, EMBA /HCEMBA. Merage Student Association Rankings Discussion. Agenda. Rankings overview Full –time MBA Rankings – driver of reputation

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Gary Lindblad, Asst. Dean and Director, Full -time MBA

Tony Hansford, Executive Director, FEMBA

Debbie Moysychyn, Executive Director, EMBA /HCEMBA

Merage Student AssociationRankings Discussion


  • Rankings overview

  • Full –time MBA Rankings – driver of reputation

    • Review of national rankings

    • Merage strategy

  • How students and alumni influence rankings

  • Discussion

Rankings Overview

  • The importance of…

    • Quality and reputation of the University and Merage School

    • Our four MBA Programs

    • Our students and alumni from all programs

    • Rankings (perception and reality)

  • We’re all stakeholders: students, alumni faculty, staff, corporate community…

Full-time MBA Rankings

Business Week: started “it” all in 1988; published every other year; based on student satisfaction, recruiter assessment and “intellectual capital”

U.S. News & World: annual ranking based on quality of program (assessed by peers and recruiters), quality of students (GMAT, GPA), and placement success (% employed, starting salary)

Wall Street Journal: annual ranking based on quality of program and of students as assessed by recruiters

Financial Times: annual ranking based on career progression, placement success, diversity, and research

Full-time MBA Rankings

  • Business Week- recently modified its ranking to Top 30, “U.S. Second Tier Programs” (8), and “U.S. Programs Also Considered for Ranking” (30).

  • US News- (March/ April) #53 in 2007, #38 in 2006, #49 in 2005, #47 in 2004

  • Wall Street Journal- We were most recently ranked #42. They quit doing their ranking this year.

  • Financial Times- (January) #31 in US, #49 globally

MBA Program Model

The Merage MBA Value Proposition:On the move from good to great.

  • Distinctive- Unique, small, high quality program with thematic approach: Strategic Innovation, Information Technology, Analytical Decision Making

  • Quality- through continuous quality improvement in each phase of our program

  • Reputation- Being known for our themes, our experiential learning, and our innovative, career-ready students

MBA Program Model

Great Students -what do we mean?

  • Academic background

  • Work experience

  • Personal and professional strengths

  • Leadership experience and aspirations

  • Goals and career plan

  • Passion, drive, and focus

  • Fit with the Merage School

Great Education

  • Faculty quality

  • Courses and curriculum

  • Co-curricular experiences

  • Greater UCI learning community- not a commuter experience

  • In-touch and responsive MBA Program Services and administration

Great Education - What are we doing to drive continuous improvement in this area?

  • Curriculum Innovation Committee

  • Themes guiding curricular innovation

  • “Edge” course as an example

  • Experiential learning opportunities

  • Centers of Excellence

Great Jobs

  • Last year 92% employed by 90 days after graduation, 81% at graduation

  • $alaries were up

  • Improving career training and opportunities every year

  • This year…

Great Jobs

Alignment of Great Students, Great Education, Great Jobs means:

  • you know yourself and understand your options

  • you decide on your focus

  • you’re prepared to compete for jobs in your chosen focus

  • you’re educated to bring sustainable value (growth) to your employer or business

MBA Program Model


What can students do to help?

  • Participate in Merage as a student and alum

  • Viral Marketing

    • communicate effectively with the external community about Merage

    • Refer your friends and colleagues to Merage MBA programs

  • Communicate with faculty and staff: what’s working well? areas that can be improved? Offer new ideas.

  • Hire Merage MBA students and alumni

  • Complete rankings surveys 

  • We’re all stakeholders - Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Corporate Community…


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