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Lehigh gets Top 25 nod from BusinessWeek

BusinessWeek has ranked Lehigh's College of Business and Economics among the nation's best for three consecutive years.

For the third consecutive year, the editors of BusinessWeek magazine have counted Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics among the nation’s best undergraduate business programs.

Highlighting the college’s academic quality, popular faculty and support among corporate recruiters, BusinessWeek ranked Lehigh as the 25th best program in the country. The rankings, which appear in the March 3 issue that hits newsstands this weekend, are now available online.

“It’s an exciting time for the college on a number of fronts,” says Paul R. Brown, dean of the College of Business and Economics. “I am especially pleased that the strength of our faculty continues to be a hallmark of our business programs.”

Recent college-wide initiatives underscore that point. Soon after he became dean last July, Brown launched the largest faculty recruiting campaign in the college’s 98-year history. He’s also co-chairing a committee charged with creating a new model for entrepreneurial education at Lehigh—one that extends beyond the boundaries of the business school.

“Lehigh’s programs are designed in such a way that they consistently give our students a competitive extra edge,” says Brown. “We certainly have a lot of which to be proud, especially at a time when business education seems to reinvent itself every few years.”

This past year, the business school also maintained its accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The accrediting committee specifically honored the college’s program review process and the dedication of its faculty.

In BusinessWeek’s rankings, the College of Business and Economics captured a spot in the Top 25 after scoring an “A ” in teacher quality. Lehigh also earned an “A” in job placement and facilities and service.

BusinessWeek’s Web site offers an interactive rankings chart along with a slideshow of the Top 25 programs. The editors have also posted an article explaining their rankings methodology, which is a combination of academic quality measures and surveys that were distributed to more than 80,000 senior business students and 600 corporate recruiters nationwide.

--Tom Yencho

Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008

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