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08-24-2004

Clarkson University's Global Supply Chain Management Program Moves Up To #14 In Nation By U.s. News & World Report

The Clarkson University School of Business’ Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) program was once again recognized as among the best in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2005.

The 2005 rankings placed Clarkson’s global supply chain management program as 14th in the nation. That ranking is up two positions from last year.

"This is a tremendous success for Clarkson and a mark of the high esteem in which Clarkson's global supply chain management program is held by its peers," said Dean of the School of Business Tim Sugrue.

As one of the top-15 programs in the nation for supply chain management, Clarkson’s School of Business is ranked among other nationally known schools of business such as Michigan State, Arizona State, and Ohio State University-Columbus.  Clarkson was also one of only four private universities included. The other three were MIT, Carnegie-Mellon, and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton).

In determining the Best Business Programs, U.S. News asked deans and senior faculty at the undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business to rank the quality of existing programs.

Developed in partnership with leading corporations, Clarkson’s GSCM curriculum offers cutting-edge graduate and undergraduate programs that meet industry needs by focusing on the integration of information technology, engineering design methodologies, global issues, Six-Segma quality, and logistics/distribution.

"Supply chain management is a field of growing importance to business," said Sugrue. "Effective integration of data and its use to improve productivity and customer satisfaction is at the core of a good supply chain. All of our business students learn these principles, and they graduate with real experience in using information technology to improve business processes and maximize supply chain efficiency."

“Another mark of the success of our program is our placement rate,” added Sugrue. “Employers are lined up to hire students from our GSCM program.”

Clarkson's School of Business takes a uniquely hands-on approach to business education. First-year students learn business theory in conjunction with establishing and running their own small enterprise. Sophomores have the option of joining Venture@MooreHouse, a learning community in which students establish and operate a business while living together in a residence hall. All business majors learn supply chain management principles during their four years of coursework.

Earlier this year, the Clarkson School of Business was also featured in Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top 100 entrepreneurial colleges and universities in the United States. More than 825 entrepreneurship programs were researched for the study. Clarkson appears in the list of the top 26 regionally recognized entrepreneur programs in the country. In addition, Clarkson’s Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program is considered by many in industry to be the best of its kind in the nation.

"What makes this all possible is the high caliber of our faculty," explained Sugrue. "Our faculty are leading the way in advancing knowledge, applying knowledge for companies, and designing effective educational programs from the executive to the undergraduate."

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is an independent university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in business and technology-based fields. Its academically rigorous, collaborative culture involves 2,700 undergraduates and 350 graduate students in hands-on team projects, multidisciplinary research, and real-world challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. For more information, visit http://www.clarkson.edu.
[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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