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The Villanova MBA Program Included in Aspen Institute’s 2011 Global 100 List

Villanova Recognized for Commitment to Incorporating Social, Ethical and Environmental Issues into Business Curriculum

Ranked Among Top 20 Worldwide for Faculty Research

Villanova, Pa. – The Villanova School of Business (VSB) MBA program prepares students for social, ethical and environmental stewardship according to the Aspen Institute’s 2011–12 edition of Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and international ranking published today. VSB placed #84 worldwide on the list of the top 100 business schools.

Beyond Grey Pinstripes is a research survey and alternative ranking of business schools that spotlights innovative MBA programs leading the way in the integration of issues concerning social and environmental stewardship into the curriculum. These schools are preparing students for the reality of tomorrow's markets by equipping them with the social, environmental, ethical and economic perspectives required for business success in a competitive and fast changing world.

Villanova also placed among the top 20 schools worldwide in “Faculty Research” the ranking subcategory. The “Faculty Research” category, in which Villanova was ranked #14, counts the number of scholarly articles containing social, environmental, or ethical content being published in peer-reviewed business journals.

Embedded within the core of the Villanova MBA experience are classes that challenge our students to gain a deeper perspective of how they can make an impact on the greater community.  Through our non-profit practicum, students identify and solve real-world problems with an organization by applying what has been learned within the functional core of the program.  Now in the practicum’s third year, feedback from the participating organizations has been extremely favorable and many of our students are interested in taking additional classes involving CSR after finishing their consulting experience. And new electives, such as Global Social Entrepreneurship, which highlights the intractable problems of poverty and sickness among those at the bottom of the economic pyramid, further reflect VSB’s commitment to infusing the founding principles of the Aspen Institute within the curriculum.  

“We are honored to be among the small set of schools to receive this recognition,” said Kevin D. Clark, PhD, interim dean of the Villanova School of Business. “This ranking from the Aspen Institute reflects our efforts and commitment to educate innovative leaders and entrepreneurs who can create and manage successful, socially responsible businesses in today’s global marketplace. As a Catholic Augustinian business school, we seek to ensure that the core values of integrity, community, caring, and leading through service are infused throughout our curricula.”

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Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.  There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.