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Supply Chain Management Takes No. 4 in Nation

In the latest ranking of undergraduate supply chain management programs across the nation from Gartner, Inc., McCombs' undergraduate business program rose to No. 4.

The top 10 of the 26 ranked universities in Gartner's 2014 Undergraduate Supply Chain Program Ranking are as follows:

Text: Supply Chain Management No. 4 in the U.S. 1. Michigan State University
1. Penn State University
3. University of Tennessee
4. The University of Texas at Austin
5. Western Michigan University
6. Brigham Young University
6. University of North Texas
8. Auburn University
9. Arizona State University
9. Rutgers University

Gartner, Inc., the definitive organization dealing with industry supply chains, began ranking universities in 2009 as part of an industry effort to grow and improve the 'supply' of supply chain talent.

"We had developed a strategic plan to be a top-five program by 2015," says Lamar Johnson, senior associate director for the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence (SCMC) and associate director for the Center for Customer Insight and Marketing Solutions, "and it’s really satisfying to see us achieve that goal—going from an unranked position in 2009, to No. 6 in 2011, and now to No. 4."

Johnson attributes the ranking climb to SCMC's understanding of industry needs and hiring trends, and vigilance in keeping the program aligned with modern supply chain objectives and directions.

Forty universities participated in the third edition of the ranking and over 400 industry leaders were queried on where they recruit and which programs they hold in high esteem.

Gartner's methodology takes into account: program scope (40%), which assesses a curriculum's strength across 12 attributes (including such things as finance, strategy and change management, technology, and new product design); industry value (40%), which examines a school's clout among supply chain recruiters, its percentage of internships, and its starting salaries; and program size (20%), which measures a school's SCM enrollment and full-time faculty.

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