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Tuck at #5 in Bloomberg Businessweek

An alert reader writes in to note Tuck’s strong showing in the new Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking of MBA programs. Here’s what B/BW had to say:

Tuck Has Best Showing Since Businessweek’s First Ranking In 1988

In all, 21 of the Top 25 schools experienced changes in their year-over-year ranks. Stanford’s Graduate School of Business climbed five places to rank second behind Harvard. Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, which was Businessweek’s top winner in 2014, rose five spots to claim third place. Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, was up nine places to rank fifth, its best showing since 1988 when its MBA program was ranked third best.

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My correspondent then added some pertinent thoughts of his own:

Tuck’s high ranking in the BW and other MBA program rankings is a great accomplishment. Tuck accomplishes its high ranking in spite of lacking certain characteristics that most other high ranking business schools have, for example:

— Most top business schools have a business PhD program, but Tuck does not. Faculty value a PhD program because it provides research assistants who do a lot of the grunt work of business research such as data gathering and analysis from high-level business databases. A PhD program is also a source of prestige to a b-school because its graduates will go on to teach in other schools. Some faculty at other schools believe that “you can’t can be a top business school without a PhD program.”

— Most top business schools are located in or near large metro areas. Such a location puts students closer to sources of internships and jobs. Dartmouth’s remote location is unusual for a top U.S. school. An urban location is also helpful to student spouses who want/need to continue their careers.

— Many top business schools either own or have easy access to elaborate facilities for executive education. Such facilities might include a hotel/dining facility and dedicated classrooms. Executive Education programs generate a lot of extra cash for business schools and many of their faculty. Those programs also provide contacts in the corporate world and add prestige to the school. Of course the most important attribute of a good exec ed program is great teachers. Though Tuck does not have a dedicated facility for exec ed, it does have great teachers and so it has a successful exec ed program.

— Many of the top business schools, because they also have undergraduate students and/or more MBA students, are larger than Tuck with more faculty. Tuck’s faculty is relatively small.

As we’ve noted before, there are lessons to be learned by the College from Tuck if only College leaders were paying attention. Tuck makes a virtue of of its seeming disadvantages, much as the College used to do.


Addendum: The article was divided into eight pages; the third page, where the full ranking appeared, included a Tuck picture:

Bloomberg Tuck Image.jpg

No students were harmed in the making of this photograph.

Addendum: Tuck’s alumni loyalty is second to none among B-schools.


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