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Gartner ranks Penn State Smeal No. 1 in undergraduate supply chain education

June 19, 2018

Gartner, Inc., has once again ranked the Penn State Smeal College of Business No. 1 in North American undergraduate supply chain education. 

Previous reports on supply chain education providers were released in 2016, 2014, 2011, and 2009, naming Smeal No. 1 each time. The university rankings are part of Gartner’s larger research project identifying skill and talent gaps in the supply chain industry. 

“This ranking is a testament to the shared vision and coordinated efforts of our dedicated faculty and staff, recruiters, and alumni that ensure our curriculum remains not only rigorous but also highly relevant to industry needs.  It is gratifying to have Gartner’s validation of the excellence in supply chain education at Smeal for which we strive every single day,” said Nicholas C. Petruzzi, chair of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems. 

To compile its rankings, Gartner evaluated three categories: industry value, program size, and program scope. 

The industry value measurement considered recruit mentions, “best” mentions in SCM World’s ‘Top Supply Chain Universities,’ undergraduate internship participation, and average starting salary. Gartner highlighted that leaders in this category tend to have large, externally facing supply chain research and experiential learning centers, much like the Center for Supply Chain Research™ at Smeal. 

Program size considered number of full-time professors and number of full-time students. 

Program scope measured how well a school’s curriculum aligns to the Gartner Talent Attribute Model. 

About Supply Chain Education at Smeal
The Penn State Smeal College of Business offers a comprehensive suite of supply chain offerings, beginning at the undergraduate level with a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain and Information Systems. In conjunction with Penn State’s World Campus, students can earn a master of professional studies or a graduate certificate in supply chain management. The Penn State Smeal MBA Program and the Penn State Online MBA offer concentrations in supply chain management and the college also offers a Ph.D. in supply chain. Smeal’s Center for Supply Chain Research and Penn State Executive Programs offer certificate programs in supply chain management and supply chain leadership.

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