Baruch College MBA Recognized by Aspen Institute for Excellence on Social and Environmental Issues

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New York, NY - October 16, 2007—Baruch College has demonstrated significant leadership in integrating social and environmental issues into its MBA program, according to the Aspen Institute’s 2007-2008 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and alternative ranking of business schools.  The College is among the Global Top 100 Schools for the first time. View Baruch's entry.

John Elliott, Dean of Baruch's Zicklin School of Business, said, "Social, ethical and environmental issues are increasingly important in our academic programs and to our students.  Illustrative of these trends are the recent endowment of our Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity and the student-initiated creation of a chapter of NetImpact on our campus.   We are delighted that the Aspen Institute has placed us among the 100 most committed and effective schools of business on these issues."

In general, social and environmental issues have continued to grow in importance in the business school curriculum. However, the survey also revealed that the proportion of schools offering core courses to address these topics in terms of mainstream business remains low.

“This year’s survey tells us that society and the environment are becoming significant issues on campus, not just for students, but in the Dean’s office and in many classrooms,” said Rich Leimsider, Director of the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education. 

In addition to being recognized by the rankings, Baruch will also be featured prominently on the www.BeyondGreyPinstripes.org website, and in the Aspen Institute’s upcoming “Alternative Guide to MBA Programs.”

“In the Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey, success is measured not by how much new MBA graduates earn or how many offers they get,” said Judith Samuelson, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, “but by how well prepared they are to guide a company through the complex relationship of business and society, where issues relating to the environment or the well-being of a community can impact a company’s performance and reputation.

Invitations to participate in the 2007 survey were sent out to 600+ internationally accredited business schools with in-person, full-time MBA programs. Over forty thousand pages of data were collected in response.

The complete ranking of the Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2007-2008 “Global 100” business schools can be found at www.beyondgreypinstripes.org.  For particular questions or issues related to social and environmental coursework and MBA education, contact the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education (www.AspenCBE.org).

Contact: Carol Abrams, Chief Communications Officer, Baruch College, (646) 660-6105, or Linda Lehrer, Communications Director, The Aspen Institute, (212) 895-8002.