Moore School among top 30 MBA programs in Aspen Institute’s ‘Beyond Grey Pinstripes’ ranking
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The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina has been recognized as a leader in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its MBA program, according to the Aspen Institute’s 2011–12 edition of “Beyond Grey Pinstripes,” a biennial ranking of business schools.
The Moore school moved up 12 spots to No. 30 on a list of the Top 100 business schools, ahead of such prestigious schools as the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), Brandeis University (Heller) and Georgetown University (McDonough).
"Success in today's global business environment demands both business acumen and sensitivity to the impact of business on society and the environment," said Moore School Dean Hildy Teegen. "Increasingly we see how sensitive the market is to social responsibility at the corporate level. In business today, being a good steward of the environment and demonstrating social responsibility is good business."
The “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” is an alternative ranking based on a survey of 149 schools worldwide to determine how well they are preparing future business leaders for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business.
It is the only MBA ranking that looks beyond reputation and test scores to measure these increasingly important business dimensions.
The 2011-2012 “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” rankings are accessible online at: http://www.beyondgreypinstripes.org/rankings
In 2008, the Moore School, known for its leadership in international business education, adopted an additional strategic direction, “sustainable enterprise and development.” Its mission is to promote education and research that addresses complex issues related to corporate responsibility, viable economic development and care of human and natural resources.
The latest “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” ranking reflects a variety of activities by the school supporting this mission. Those initiatives include an increase in the number of courses offered related to sustainability, the creation of a sustainability director, the hiring of faculty whose research and teaching has a sustainability focus or component, the support of students to establish a campus chapter of the organization Net Impact, the establishment of the D. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula and an increase in scholarly activity related to sustainability.
The ranking comes within weeks of the Moore School breaking ground on its new building, which is designed with the goal of earning a LEED Platinum and a Net-Zero rating. Also, Moore School international business professors Dr. Chuck Kwok and Dr. Omrane Guedhami recently won the 2011 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing.
About the Darla Moore School of Business
The Darla Moore School of Business is among the highest-ranked business schools in the world for international business education and research. Founded in 1919, the school has a history of innovative educational leadership, blending academic preparation with real-world experience through internships, consulting projects, study-abroad programs and entrepreneurial opportunities. The Moore School offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as distinctive executive education programs. In 1998, the school was named for South Carolina native and New York financier Darla Moore, making the University of South Carolina the first major university to name its business school for a woman. Its international business programs are ranked among the best in the world. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the undergraduate IB program No. 1 for 15 consecutive years; the graduate program has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 for 22 consecutive years.
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