It seems like there is, or has been, an MBA ranking from every
publication covering every conceivable subject. ComputerWorld
ranked digitally related programs during the tech boom, while
Working Woman tracked the best programs for its readers before
shutting down a couple of years ago.
No one is quite sure how many surveys exist. Bschool.com, a
reasonably comprehensive list of rankings (it includes a link to a
gay-related survey), cites more than a dozen, past and present, but
that's just a beginning. It doesn't include trade magazine
rankings, for example, or several foreign-based surveys. The
Graduate Management Admissions Council, a business-school trade
group, estimates some schools complete as many as 30 surveys.
Some of the most interesting surveys that aren't among the four
BEYOND GREY PINSTRIPES This biennial project, a joint
effort of the Aspen Institute and World Resource Institute think
tanks, rates schools on whether they offer programs in
environmental and societal issues. It's one thing to teach students
about business, says World Resource's Meghan Chapple. It's another
to teach them how to do business within the confines of global
warming, population increases, and water shortages.
Schools aren't ranked, but divided into groups according to the
types of socially conscious programs they offer: cutting-edge,
significant, moderate, or other. Interestingly, most of the usual
suspects show up in the cutting-edge category, but others - Loyola
Marymount and Tulane, for example - are also there.
HISPANIC BUSINESS This annual magazine survey covers
Hispanic enrollment, graduation rates, and support services, as
well as rankings in BusinessWeek and U.S. News</>.
The University of Texas' McCombs School of Business, mostly a
top-20 school elsewhere, ranked first in 2002.