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October 5, 2001

Business Week: Krannert executive MBAs among world's best

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Business Week ranks Purdue University's Krannert School of Management executive MBA degree program 14th worldwide.

The rankings, which will be published in Business Week's Oct. 15 issue, were released online today (Friday, 10/5).

"The top 15 worldwide ranking for our executive MBA program attests to our focus on providing a high-quality option for students to earn an MBA while continuing their careers," said Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management. "Our program clearly can compete with any executive education programs in the world. The success of its unique format for delivery is reflected in the high ranking."

Krannert Executive Education Programs offer four executive MBAs through a combination of distance-learning and part-time residence on campus. The Krannert School began offering executive education in 1983.

"The Business Week ranking recognizes our efforts to make our executive programs international," said Wilbur G. Lewellen, director of the Krannert School's executive education programs and Herman C. Krannert Distinguished Professor of Management.

"Our program has been a model for other executive programs for years, and it's nice to be recognized among the top executive MBA programs in the world."

Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management received the No. 1 Business Week ranking among the 82 executive MBA programs ranked. No Indiana schools other than Purdue were ranked in the top 25 executive MBA programs.

Purdue is one of three schools ranked among the top 15 business schools in three major 2001 surveys: the U.S. News and World Report undergraduate survey, Wall Street Journal full-time MBA poll and Business Week executive MBA degree program rankings. The other two universities with business schools ranking in the top-15 in all three surveys were the University of North Carolina and the University of Texas.

"The Krannert School has a tremendous breadth of quality across its programs," Cosier said. "Our faculty, staff and students should be commended for their quality and dedication to learning within all areas of the school."

Writer: J. Michael Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Sources: Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366,

Wilbur G. Lewellen, (765) 494-4493,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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