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Gabelli School rankings on the rise

Announcements | Feb 14, 2019 |

From leading conversations on impact investing to implementing training to help veterans to embracing the latest technology, the Gabelli School continues to prepare students to be successful, compassionate leaders. And the numbers back it up.

With the latest release of the Poets & Quants undergraduate rankings, the Gabelli School’s program has risen to #27, up 13 spots from the previous year. “Our internship rate, job placement, and starting salary played a big role in our jump in the rankings,” explains Lerzan Aksoy, associate dean of undergraduate studies. In addition, the Gabelli School was ranked 22 in the nation when it comes to employment outcomes, Aksoy notes.

Attention to real-world results also plays into the undergraduate program’s place at #17, based on how well alumni felt the program prepared them for work. “A Gabelli School education stresses the idea of ‘learning by doing,’” Aksoy says, which helps “students understand how the various disciplines work together to make a successful business.”

The graduate program emphasizes practical skills as well through an emphasis on “business with purpose,” which is “embedded within our curricular and co-curricular program,” says Julita Haber, director of the Full-Time MBA program. “Examples of our co-curricular activities include work with global NGOs, attending and hosting conferences, and speaker events related to the social sector.”

This commitment to preparing students for the challenges and opportunities they’ll face in their careers is being recognized globally: The Gabelli School debuted on the Financial Times global MBA ranking this year, coming in at #95.

“Each ranking methodology is unique,” notes Francis Petit, associate dean for global initiatives and partnerships. Therefore, while placing too much value on one list for a given year would be shortsighted, there are clear benefits to highlighting the positive outcomes students and alumni experience—the more the Gabelli School can illustrate its vision to the academic and business communities, the better faculty and staff can implement it.

As a result, Petit says that in addition to “strong gains within Gabelli for quality of students, career placement, and curricula,” staff and administrators are more united than ever before in their efforts to “shine a light on the school’s progress on all fronts.”

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is one area in the spotlight recently as businesses work toward more sustainable practices. Because it’s important to industries, “CSR now has an increased focused within many ranking methodologies,” Petit points out. The Gabelli School’s Full-Time MBA program debuted at #11 on the Corporate Knights’ annual Better World MBA ranking, and it also ranked #8 in corporate social responsibility in the Financial Times ranking.

The conversation surrounding CSR “has been very positive for Gabelli,” Petit says, because efforts to increase social responsibility directly reinforce the school’s mission to empower positive global change.

They also directly benefit graduates.

By focusing on business with purpose, says Haber, “students develop a particular mindset and improve their problem-solving skills that address long-term and innovative outside-of-the box solutions. They gain exposure to social and environmental issues and experience generating new ideas for making a difference. Students are then better prepared to help their future workplace organizations realize and implement their social-impact efforts.”

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