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 Wall Street Journal Poll Ranks Krannert No. 6
Move over Harvard. Watch out Yale.
Here comes Purdue.

By J. Michael Lillich

The Krannert School of Management's MBA program ranked sixth internationally and second among public universities in a Wall Street Journal-Harris Interactive poll of MBA programs last April. Krannert also ranked third in operations management and fourth in analytical and problem-solving skills.

The rankings appeared in a Wall Street Journal special section, "The Top Business Schools." In addition to the ranking list, the section provides profiles and descriptions of the Krannert School and the other top 10 programs. 

U.S. News Ranks Krannert Among Nation's Best

Krannert scored high marks in two U.S.News & World Report rankings released this year. Krannert's MBA program ranked second nationally in production/operations management and seventh in quantitative analysis, while the undergraduate program ranked third in production/operations management and fourth in quantitative analysis/methods.

Krannert ranked 23rd overall among the nation's 325 accredited MBA programs in business and management. The MBA rankings, published in the magazine's 2001 guide to the best graduate schools, were released last March.

In its ranking of undergraduate programs last September, U.S. News ranked Krannert 14th in the nation. Overall, the magazine ranked Purdue's undergraduate offerings 21st in the nation among the top public doctoral degree-granting universities.To check out the full rankings, see U.S.News's Web site, www.usnews.com.

"I am elated that our MBA program is ranked sixth internationally by one of the world's most respected business publications," said Richard A. Cosier (pictured), Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management. 

The ranking recognizes our high-quality faculty and staff," Cosier says. "Also, over the past several years, we have been actively listening to recruiters and other stakeholders and have reflected their ideas in our MBA curriculum. We believe the courses and services we provide for our students give them the best possible preparation for their careers. 

"Unlike other polls, which survey students, alumni and business school deans, the Journal focused exclusively on the opinions of corporate recruiters so as to identify business schools that produce the most marketable graduates. A total of 188 U.S. MBA programs and 56 int

ernational schools were included, and the rankings are based on survey results from more than 1,600 corporate recruiters. Recruiters ranked the following five items as very important: graduates' communication and interpersonal skills, the recruiter's past success with the quality of graduates, the graduates' ability to work well within a team, graduates' analytical and problem-solving skills, and their ability to drive results. 

"The rankings reflect the things we've always held dear at Krannert," said Charles R. Johnson Jr., director of professional master's degree programs. "Recruiters value the attributes of our students and graduates - their analytical and problem-solving skills as well as their 'roll-up-their-sleeves-and-get-the-job-done' work ethic. Our high rank also is indicative of the outstanding efforts of placement director Alan Ferrell and his staff." 

'The overall top 10 business schools in the poll are: 1) Dart-mouth, 2) Carnegie Mellon, 3) Yale, 4) Michigan, 5) Northwestern, 6) Purdue, 7) Chicago, 8) Harvard, 9) Southern Methodist, and 10) Texas. Indiana University's Kelley School ranked No. 23 overall and 10th among public universities. Notre Dame's Mendoza School ranked No. 15 overall.

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