March 28, 2008
The two professional programs of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business – the Flores MBA Program and the Public Administration Institute – have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report.
Ranked under the heading of Public Affairs, the Public Administration Institute saw a dramatic increase from 92 nd to 57 th overall and 40 th among public institutions. The Public Affairs rankings are only released every three years.
PAI offers the master of public administration, which emphasizes management and financial skills for those leading public agencies, nonprofit and healthcare organizations and for-profit organizations that interact with governmental agencies.
Among the reasons for the rise in the institute’s perception, Director James Richardson cited faculty recognized nationally for their research and the recent addition of tenured faculty such as LSU Provost Astrid Merget and Stephenson Disaster Management Institute Director Arjen Boin.
“This ranking by U.S. News & World Report reveals the productivity of the LSU Public Administration faculty, the acceptance of the LSU MPA Program throughout the nation and the increasing recognition and visibility of LSU as a flagship university.”
PAI’s jump in the rankings represents a move of 31 spots among public institutions and 35 spots overall.
Just as it did in 2007, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Flores MBA Program in its Top 40 among public institutions once more. This year, the program was 33 rd in that category with an overall ranking of 62 nd.
“I am pleased that the Flores MBA Program continues to attract highly sought after students, has the attention of top corporate recruiters and remains competitive,” Flores MBA Program Director David Crary said. “Rankings such as this and our No. 7 ranking in The Wall Street Journal are a testament to the quality of our students, faculty and curriculum.”
In individual categories, the Flores MBA Program had strong showings as well. The program was ranked sixth in undergraduate grade point average among public institutions (16 th overall), was 24 th among public institutions for average GMAT score and 17 th among public institutions for the percentage of students employed at their time of graduation.
For information about any of the E. J. Ourso College’s programs, initiatives or units, visit www.bus.lsu.edu.