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U.S. News: USC Moore School remains tops for international business

By Peggy Binette, peggy@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-7704

The University of South Carolina is being recognized for having the nation’s top undergraduate international business program, according to rankings released today (Sept. 12) in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 “America’s Best Colleges Guide.”

USC also earned accolades for its student-enrichment programs, including its first-year seminar, undergraduate research and academically-themed residential communities, at a time when the university saw a rise in its student academic profile.

Across the USC system, USC Aiken is No. 1 among public regional colleges in the South. USC Upstate moved up one spot to No. 2, and USC Beaufort held at No. 8.

In addition to earning the No. 1 international business ranking for the 16th consecutive year, the Darla Moore School of Business broke into the top 40 for overall business education, moving up a spot from 41 last year. The school's undergraduate risk management and insurance program is ranked No. 9, moving up a spot and listed among the top 10 programs for a third consecutive year.

“We are delighted that the Darla Moore School of Business has retained the No. 1 ranking for our undergraduate international business program, as well as another increase in our overall undergraduate programs ranking,” said Dean Hildy Teegen. “This continued leadership in international business education is a tribute to faculty and staff who are dedicated to an innovative, responsive curriculum and programming that exceeds expectations for our students, our partners in the business community and our alumni. It reflects our commitment to produce the future leaders in global business, and to fuel economic development and prosperity, here in South Carolina and beyond.”

Provost Michael Amiridis said student quality and success, marked by a rise in SAT scores, retention and graduation rates, combined with the continued recognition of USC’s student enrichment programs, affirms USC’s commitment to academic excellence.

“The important academic indicators clearly show that we continue to improve the quality of the education provided to our students,” Amiridis said. “The University of South Carolina and its faculty and students are much better than the overall reputational ranking created by the U.S. News calculations, and I’m confident that our recent innovations, such as the new Carolina Core Curriculum and USC Connect, will eventually have their impact and result in higher future rankings.”

A section titled “A Focus on Student Success” cites USC for having one of the nation’s best student-enrichment programs for First-Year Experience and Learning Communities.

This fall USC welcomed more than 4,600 freshmen, 80 percent of whom are taking the University 101 course, which is a key component of the First-Year Experience, which helps students transition successfully to college life.

More than 2,100 undergraduates live in one of 20 USC living-and-learning communities. These academically themed communities are an integral part of the student experience, connecting undergraduates to the institution academically and socially.

This year, USC opened the International House at Maxcy College, bringing American and international students together as a community to have the opportunity to learn, experience and share each other’s cultures. USC also is home to Preston Residential College, a community established in 1995 that features a faculty principal who lives in the residence and 40 faculty members who mentor, dine and attend activities with student residents. Other communities are dedicated to engineering and computing, journalism, music, Capstone Scholars, the S.C. Honors College and the Healthy Carolina wellness community.

Additionally, the university was hailed for undergraduate research/creative projects, an offering it was recognized for in the 2011 rankings. USC launched its Office of Undergraduate Research in 2005. It includes the Magellan Scholar program, which helps undergraduate students pursue research in all disciplines, from science, technology and medicine to theater, music and art. Since 2006, the program has awarded more than $2 million in competitive awards to drive undergraduate achievement. This month USC announced Caravel, an undergraduate research journal that will launch this spring.

USC was ranked 55 among all national public universities.

For more information, visit the U.S. News website

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Posted: 09/12/12 @ 11:30 AM | Updated: 09/17/12 @ 10:33 PM | Permalink