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Anderson MBA Recognized by Aspen Institute for Excellence on Social and Environmental Issues

October 23, 2007

(Albuquerque, NM) UNM's Anderson School of Management has demonstrated significant leadership in integrating social and environmental issues into its MBA program, according to the just released Aspen Institute's 2007-2008 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and ranking of business schools. The Anderson School ranked 18th on the list of the Global Top 100 Schools.

"UNM's Anderson School of Management has held its 18th place ranking for the second time, a great testament to our faculty and curriculum," said Anderson Interim Dean Dr. Amy Wohlert. "This ranking places us among the most prominent programs in the world, many of which have far greater resources than we do."

The survey found in general that social and environmental issues have continued to grow in importance in the business school curriculum. The Anderson School has been a leader in this trend by featuring a required course in its curriculum for the MBA and other programs focusing on social responsibility and ethical behavior since the 1970s. In recent years, 90 percent of the other required courses in the core curriculum have incorporated topics, projects, and cases that highlight social and environmental issues.
Incidentally, more than 20 elective courses now include coverage of social and environmental topics.

In addition to being recognized by the rankings, the Anderson School of Management will be featured prominently on the www.BeyondGreyPinstripes.org website, and in the Aspen Institute's upcoming "Alternative Guide to MBA Programs."

Along with its 18th place overall ranking, Anderson came in fourth among the Global Top 100 Schools for student exposure, a measure calculated by an analysis of enrollment numbers, credit ratios, and the reported percentage of course time dedicated to relevant issues, indicates the level of exposure students receive to social, environmental, and/or ethical issues within their courses. Anderson also ranked sixth in the Top Ten List recognizing Small Schools with fewer than 100 full-time MBA students enrolled in 2006-2007.

The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education, a program of The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, compiled Beyond Grey Pinstripes, its biennial research survey and alternative ranking of business schools, looking at how well social and environmental issues are incorporated into the training of future business leaders.

Invitations to participate in the 2007 survey were sent out to 600+ internationally accredited business schools with in-person, full-time MBA programs. Over forty thousand pages of data were collected from 111 schools this year--71 institutions located in the U.S. and 40 international schools, representing 18 countries.

The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

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The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit www.mgt.unm.edu, email info@mgt.unm.edu, or call (505) 277-6471.

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