Top Ranking for ND Business Ethics Curriculum

The business ethics curriculum at the University of Notre Dame is the best in the nation, according to a new book, the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools (6th edition, 1999).

The book, which stems from a nationwide survey of student satisfaction, ranked Notre Dame No. 1 in its "efforts to include ethics in the MBA program." Business schools trailing Notre Dame in the teaching of ethics are, in rank order, Virginia, Georgetown, Brigham Young, Yale, Cornell, Maryland, Wharton (Pennsylvania), Kellogg (Northwestern), and Dartmouth.

The MBA program at Notre Dame ranked among the top five in three other areas covered in the Business Week book:

  • College of Business Administration faculty earned high marks for finding a proper balance between research and teaching, ranking fourth behind Virginia, North Carolina and Dartmouth and ahead of Georgetown, Cornell, Indiana and Yale.
  • The faculty ranked fifth for their availability outside the classroom. Dartmouth was first, followed by Cornell, North Carolina and Washington University in St. Louis. Trailing Notre Dame were Wake Forest and USC.
  • Notre Dame's supportive alumni network ranked fifth, trailing only Harvard, USC, Dartmouth and Cornell, and in front of Wharton, Stanford, Southern Methodist, Columbia, and Chicago.

In Business Week's overall rankings, Notre Dame's MBA program continues to stand among the nation's top 50. Business Week rates the top 25 programs numerically and the second 25 in alphabetical order.

The magazine reports the arrival less than two years ago of Carolyn Woo as dean has had a positive impact on the student body. "Dean Woo has ushered in a new era at the University of Notre Dame business school," Michael Blaes, a 1998 MBA graduate, told Business Week. "Her hard work and dedication have made a noticeable difference in just one year."

Woo and the University of California's Laura D'Andrea Tyson are the only women deans at business schools rated in the top 50.

By: Dennis Brown, Notre Dame Public Relations and Information
Date: March 12, 1999