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Portland State University Ranks 20th in Worldwide Business School Survey
Author: Laura C. Jundt (503-725-3711) Office of Marketing and Communications
Posted: November 2, 2005
Portland State University’s School of Business Administration has received the twentieth position in a ranking by “Beyond Grey Pinstripes” as one of the top 30 MBA programs globally for preparing graduates with social and environmental stewardship. The report places Portland State University in the company of Yale, Georgetown and Stanford.

Beyond Grey Pinstripes, the only global survey and ranking of business schools, spotlights innovative full-time Master of Business Administration programs and faculty that lead the way in integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into business school curricula and research.

“Portland State’s Business School is committed to a mission that includes changing lives, building communities, and serving the economic and social vitality of the region,” said Scott Dawson, dean of the School of Business Administration. “This ranking is validation that our scholarship is indeed at the leading edge of business in the 21st century.”

The ranking, released jointly by World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute, measures the extent to which business schools prepare their students for the reality of tomorrow’s markets, equipping them with an understanding of the social, environmental and economic perspectives required for business success in a competitive global economy. A full description of the report, its methodology and individual MBA program ratings is available online at www.beyondgreypinstripes.org.

“Top-ranked Beyond Grey Pinstripes schools are leading the way in providing students with the skills that are becoming increasingly valuable to business’s bottom line, including searching for innovative technologies and entrepreneurship opportunities around climate change, water scarcity, labor issues and poverty alleviation,” said Jonathan Lash, president of World Resources Institute.

The School of Business Administration at Portland State University, the largest business school in the Pacific Northwest, offers top caliber programs and nationally recognized faculty to its more than 400 graduate students. Additional options in Management of Innovation and Technology, Master of International Management (MIM), and Master of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA), and a certificate in Food Marketing and Logistics are also available in addition to an online eMBA. The School is also home to the Center for Professional Integrity and Accountability, the nationally recognized Food Industry Leadership Center and the Interdisciplinary Center for Law and Entrepreneurship.

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives. For more than a decade, WRI’s Sustainable Enterprise Program has harnessed the power of business to create profitable solutions to environment and development challenges. For more information visit www.wri.org/sep.

The Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program is dedicated to developing leaders for a sustainable global society. Through dialogues and research, the Institute creates opportunities for executives and educators to explore new pathways to sustainability and values-based leadership. For more information visit www.aspenbsp.org.

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For Immediate Release (#05-153)

Source: Maureen O’Connor (503-725-4728)
School of Business Administration