Dean Donna Rapaccioli said the ranking is a welcome recognition of the school’s strengths, which are long known to its alumni, students and faculty.
Backed by the dean’s strategic plan, the school has set and begun to meet goals in four areas: academic innovation, global education, personal and professional development, and teaching quality. The Gabelli School’s integrated core curriculum, which focuses on hands-on learning and real-world experience, has been developed to extend throughout all four years. A more robust personal and professional development program is supplementing the work of Fordham’s career services office, offering guidance specific to business students. The school is expanding opportunities to study abroad and offering more scholarships to help students get there, and encouraging professors to be innovators in the classroom.
“This is an acknowledgement of the quality of our program and our people,” Dean Rapaccioli said, adding that “no one number can capture all the ways we educate our students.”
Ratings in several of Businessweek‘s categories support the Gabelli School’s steady rise among peer schools. The school ranked 20th in academic quality, in front of even some schools that placed ahead of it overall, and placed highly in starting salary for graduates.
Dean Rapaccioli thanked the business faculty and Gabelli School students for making this recognition possible. “This is a credit to all of you,” she said. “While it’s important not to read too much into rankings, I hope this renews the sense of pride in your school.”