Rankings and Reputation

Kicked off by a $25 million donation from the W. P. Carey Foundation to establish the $50 million campaign, the business school raised $43.7 million in fiscal year 2018-19.

This week, the U.S. News & World Report released its eagerly awaited annual rankings for undergraduate business schools across the nation, and several departments continue to be ranked among the best in their fields.

Three years and more than 300 new graduates into the evolution of the W. P. Carey Full-time MBA program, Dean Amy Hillman discusses what the school has learned, how to remain competitive in a crowded MBA environment, and what’s next for the program and the school.

According to the latest Best Business Schools rankings released by U.S. News & World Report, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is ranked Top 25 nationwide for part-time MBA programs, while seven MBA specialties and the school’s Full-time MBA are ranked Top 35.

They’ve been called beauty contests, brag-a-thons, and a head-scratching mess, but you’re still not likely to find a business school dean who says rankings are worthless. Which rankings? The ones bequeathed by publications like Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report. Here are some insights on weighing the numbers from two W. P. Carey deans.