October 11, 2004

LOS ANGELES — UCLA Anderson School of Management’s MBA program is ranked 14th in BusinessWeek’s biennial report of top U.S. and international MBA programs – up two spots from 2002.  The report, entitled “The Best B-Schools,” rated the UCLA Anderson faculty number one, based on BusinessWeek’s intellectual capital poll, which tallies academic journal entries among 18 publications.

“We all have worked diligently over the last two years to implement a variety of initiatives designed to enhance the UCLA Anderson experience—including changes in our core curriculum, in our career management efforts and in the involvement of our alumni,” said Bruce G. Willison, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management.

“Our ultimate objective in pursuing these initiatives is to create enduring value of the UCLA Anderson MBA,” added Dean Willison.

BusinessWeek’s Best B-School report online includes several comments from recent graduates, including the following four:

“When students arrive at Anderson, they encounter a true community. There is a sincere atmosphere of teamwork, wherein each colleague is willing to help others. Everyone works hard and plays hard. Anderson students take their coursework seriously, but also take time out to enjoy the two-year program and gain new experiences. An MBA program is what you make of it -- and Anderson does not disappoint.”

“The curriculum can be quite challenging and rewarding. There are excellent opportunities for academic growth. It is relatively easy to change career focus, if one is so inclined, and the faculty is generally quite supportive. The strong academics accompany a vibrant and active social scene at the school.”

 “The faculty and staff were overwhelmingly responsive to concerns of the students. Courses were added to accommodate the interests of the students to ensure that we could get everything we desired out of the program. The people at Anderson, both students and faculty, were instrumental in making the program what it is. My only regret is that I did not have enough time to take advantage of everything that the program had to offer.”

“The field study program exposed me to an industry in which I had no previous experience. I was able to expand my consulting skills and hone my other skills before returning to the workforce full-time. It gave me an opportunity to identify potential business solutions for a small, growing business.”

 The business school Best B-Schools report results are available in the Oct. 18, 2004, issue of BusinessWeek, which is currently available on newsstands, and online at http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/index.html.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is perennially ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world.  Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment.  UCLA Anderson students are part of a culture that values individual vision, intellectual discipline and a sense of teamwork and collegiality.

Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson School of Management provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in MBA and doctoral programs, and some 2,000 executives and managers enrolled annually in executive education programs.  Recognizing that the school offers unparalleled expertise in management education, the world's business community turns to UCLA Anderson School of Management as a center of influence for the ideas, innovations, strategies and talent that will shape the future.

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