September 20, 2014  

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College of Business Receives High Marks from U.S. News & World Report

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Dr. Lance Nail, dean of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi uses a football analogy to emphasize the importance of being ranked among the nation’s best business programs by U.S. News & World Report.

“You know there are over 100 Division I-A schools in the country trying to make the Top-25,” said Nail. “Well, there are more than a thousand business schools in the country hoping to be on the U.S. News & World Report rankings. It’s a big deal for us.”

And made even bigger by the fact that this is the first time Southern Miss has appeared on the prestigious list which is decided based upon evaluations from business deans across the country. The deans were asked to grade business programs on a scale of 1-5, with 5 the ultimate score. Southern Miss came in with a 2.3 average, ranked 215 out of 329 on the list of approximately 500 eligible universities.

Only the schools meeting the high standards for accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) were eligible to be ranked. A score of 2.0 or higher placed a school in the rankings. The University of Pennsylvania topped the rankings with a score of 4.8

“This is a great honor and it speaks directly to the commitment from the faculty and staff we have in the College of Business and the investment that President (Martha) Saunders has made in the college,” said Nail. “This sort of national recognition is something we have been striving for and working toward for quite some time. The impact is enormous when you consider that this ranking appears in a publication that is distributed worldwide in print and on the Internet.”

The College of Business features five departments – The School of Accountancy; The Department of Management and Fashion Merchandising; The Department of Finance, Real Estate and Business Law; The Department of Management and International Business and The Department of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management.

At the undergraduate level, the college offers degrees in accounting, business administration, fashion merchandising, finance, international business, marketing, management and tourism management. At the graduate level, the college offers the Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accountancy programs. Between 2,300-2,400 students are currently enrolled as business majors at Southern Miss.

David Duhon, chair of The Department of Management and International Business, said the ranking reflects progress in the college’s goal to ascend statewide and become “the business school of choice for Mississippi.”

“We want to ultimately be a Top-100 school in the U.S. News & World Report rankings,” said Duhon. “But we have to start somewhere, so this is a big step. Now, we have to do what it takes to move up.”

To see the complete list of best business schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, go to http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/business

For more information about the College of Business at Southern Miss, call 601.266.4659 or visit: www.usm.edu/business/

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