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UNC Kenan-Flagler Ranked No. 7 for Sustainability by Bloomberg Businessweek

January 29, 2013 By Jessica Thomas

Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed the MBA Class of 2012 about the full range of their business school experiences, and we are pleased to report that UNC Kenan-Flagler was ranked No. 7 globally in the area of sustainability. Kenan-Flagler was also ranked No. 7 in leadership development in the same report.

“We have invested in these two areas for a number of years in an effort to create exceptional programs, and it is clear that this is paying off,” said James W. Dean Jr., dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler. “Our students are graduating with world-class knowledge and skills in leadership and sustainability. This is a wonderful time to be studying or working at UNC Kenan-Flagler.”

Following is a excerpt of Bloomberg Businessweek’s “MBA Rankings: Top Schools for Sustainability,” posted by Geoff Gloeckler on January 22, 2013.

“As part of the 2012 Best B-Schools ranking, Bloomberg Businessweek asked MBAs from the Class of 2012 to tell us, via an online survey, about the full range of their business school experience, from getting in to getting a job. One section of the survey singled out specific aspects of the business program and asked the students to rate them on a scale from “poor” to “outstanding.” Over the next few weeks, we will publish the top 10 B-schools in each of the nine specialty areas, from diversity to e-business, culminating with publication of the entire specialty MBA ranking, including each of the 82 ranked schools.

Today we look at green business. Of the nine specialty areas, this one provides the most variance among ranked schools, as many programs offer little or no course work in this relatively young subject area. The ranking is based on student responses to a question asking them to rank their program’s green business and sustainability offerings. Points are awarded for each response—one point for “poor” through six points for “outstanding”—and then averaged for each school. The average green business score for all 82 U.S. and international schools in the ranking was 4.25. At the top of the list is the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.”

Bloomberg Businessweek 2012 Top MBA Programs by Specialty: Sustainability

1.    Michigan (Ross)
2.    Cornell (Johnson)
3.    UC Berkeley (Haas)
4.    Yale
5.    Erasmus (Rotterdam)
6.    MIT (Sloan)
7.    North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)
8.    Notre Dame (Mendoza)
9.    Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)
10.    George Washington

Read the full article.