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Anderson School Leads in Educating for Social Responsibility

May 7, 2009

According to a new survey the UNM Anderson School of Management is one of the top ten business schools in the nation when it comes to the number of courses offered on managing social sector organizations.

A recent survey by the Bridgespan Group ranked the Anderson School as having the third highest number of social-benefit management courses behind the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.

The MBA Drive for Social Value: Five trends boosting social benefit content at U.S. business schools places Anderson among some impressive educational institutions including Harvard Business School, Cornell Business School and the Yale School of Management.

Faculty teaching in the Policy and Planning concentration emphasize social, environmental, and ethical concerns in the social-benefit courses. Professor Jeanne Logsdon has been instrumental in pushing the Anderson School to the forefront of this growing trend. "Nonprofit organizations as well as for-profit businesses and government agencies need good management," says Logsdon. "The Policy and Planning concentration offers courses to develop effective leaders who understand the importance of ethical values and good stakeholder relationships."

Associate Dean for Enrollment Management Michelle Arthur says the high number of courses offered at Anderson benefits our students, "Bridgespan survey results illustrate Anderson's commitment to curriculum innovation which integrates social and environmental stewardship in MBA education. We are seeing an increase in the number of students interested in our MBA programs due to our focus on social issues in management."

UNM Anderson was one of only 15 graduate business schools asked to participate in the Bridgespan survey. All of the schools are well-known for their academic coursework and attention to social concerns. The survey also found the number of courses with social and environmental content is rising sharply in U.S. MBA programs.

These results follow the findings of the Aspen Institute's biennial Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey of over 110 schools showing a striking 79 percent increase in offerings that integrate social and environmental issues from 2005-2007. Anderson ranked 18th on the 2007-2008 Aspen list of the Global Top 100 schools and sixth among small schools for demonstrating significant leadership in integrating social and environmental issues into its MBA program.

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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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