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Hankamer Climbs 13 Spots in US News Rankings

March 31, 2006

The Hankamer School of Business, climbing 13 spots on the list since last year, is ranked 77th in the US News' "Top Business Schools" list, which surveyed 399 master's programs in business accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

"It's nice to have outside acknowledgement of the rising quality of our program," said Terry S. Maness, dean of the school. "We appreciate seeing our placement on the list climb as a reflection of our continuing efforts to improve our academic experience."

The magazine's evaluations are based on 12 "quality measures," including placement success, student selectivity, acceptance rate, starting salaries, employment rates and peer assessment. Business school deans, directors of accredited master's programs in business, corporate recruiters and company contacts who hire from previously ranked schools were asked to rate programs on a scale from "marginal" to "outstanding."

Among the 399 schools, Hankamer is ranked in the top 19% and is tied for 77th spot with the College of William and Mary, Rutgers State University, and the University of Kentucky. Five other Texas business schools are included in the list -- the University of Texas at Austin, tied for 18th place; Texas A&M University, tied for 31st place; Southern Methodist University, tied for 41st; Rice University, tied for 44th; and the University of Texas at Dallas, which is tied for 54th place.

Baylor is one of seven Big 12 schools featured in the "Top Business Schools" list. The others are, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University; the University of Colorado-Boulder, tied for 54th place; the University of Missouri-Columbia, tied for 59th; the University of Oklahoma, tied for 66th; and Iowa State University, tied for 75th.

U.S. News first published a reputation-only graduate school ranking in 1987. The annual "America's Best Graduate Schools" report began in 1990.

The latest graduate school rankings can be found at www.usnews.com. The newsstand book, "America's Best Graduate Schools," will be available at newsstands on Monday, April 3. Many of the rankings will appear in the April 10 edition of U.S.News & World Report magazine, which also hits newsstands April 3.

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