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Monfort School Maintains Ranking

August 21, 2007

By Greeley Tribune, Colo.

Aug. 21–The Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado has maintained its standing among the top business schools in the country as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

The college’s ranking at 126 comes from the magazine’s 2008 online version of “America’s Best Colleges,” said Tim Jares, interim dean.

“It is significant that a 1,200 student undergraduate-only business college is ranked among the elite business schools in the U.S.. Placing among the top schools is yet another validation of the unusual decision made by deans and faculty more than 20 years ago to drop all graduate programs and concentrate on excellence in undergraduate business education,” Jares said in a press release.

The last five years have seen the Monfort College of Business rise in the U.S. News and World Report ranking of undergraduate business programs. The college has gone from being unranked in 2004 to the top 126 in 2008. Last year’s ranking was similar to this year’s ranking.

The college becoming the first and only business school in the nation to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2004 and consistent top 10 percent student performance on nationally-administered exit exams, have led to its rise in visibility, Jares said.

“Our program’s quality is also evidenced by student, employer, and parent satisfaction, student performance, hiring of students by reputable employers, and financial gifts to the college,” he said.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the magazine arrived at the rankings by surveying deans and senior faculty at undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The rankings were released Aug. 17.

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