The Chapman Graduate School of Business ranks in the Top 10 among graduate schools in the country for Hispanic MBAs, according to an article titled “2006 Hispanic Business Diversity Report: Education,” in the September, 2006, issue of Hispanic Business. Among the other schools in the Top 10 were Stanford University, Graduate School of Business; University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business; University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business; New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business; and Yale University, Yale School of Management.
The university has a unique profile.
“We are delighted to share this honor with some of the finest business schools in the country” said Luis Casas, director of marketing and recruiting for the College of Business Administration. “It is important to point out that, not only do we have the largest pool of Hispanic students among the schools in the Top 10 listing, but also, we have the largest diversity even within the Hispanic population—from Central America, South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean—which is something you can find only in Miami.”
Magazine uses point system to determine the rankings.
To devise its list, Hispanic Business sent questionnaires requesting information on five categories.
- enrollment: consisted of two parameters—number of Hispanic students currently enrolled and the percentage of Hispanic students to the overall school enrollment
- faculty: calculated and ranked percentage of fulltime-Hispanic faculty members among total fulltime-faculty
- student services: the number of special programs that recruit Hispanic students in each school, the number of mentorship programs available to Hispanic students, and the number of Hispanic student support organizations active on campus; took the average of these three parameters for the final rating
- retention rate: derived by dividing the number of first-year Hispanic students who returned to attend their second year by the number of first-year Hispanic students, as reported by each institution; the retention rate was then ranked on scale of 0-5 for final rating
- reputation: all graduate programs were ranked on a scale of 0-5 on the basis of the U.S. News and World Report ranking of their programs in their Best Graduate Schools, 2006 Edition
A point system was then developed that awarded up to five points in each category, except enrollment, where up to ten points were awarded. All the parameters were summed and a rating was assigned to each school on the basis of the total score.
Article quotes IBM diversity manager and presents statistics.
The article quotes Olga Bowie, diversity program manager at IBM, as saying, “FIU is a gold mine of well-prepared diversity candidates for full-time and internship positions. FIU provides high-quality education and service to the students, making them a highly-sought commodity by employers like IBM.”
It also includes the following statistics about the Chapman School’s profile:
- total graduate enrollment: 1,015
- Hispanic graduate enrollment: 523
- percent Hispanic graduate enrollment: 52%
College also has strong Hispanic undergraduate presence.
In addition to the strength of the numbers of Hispanic students in the Chapman School, the Landon Undergraduate School of Business has 6,299 students, 61 percent of them listed as Hispanic.
On a related note, América Economía (August 31, 2006) again included the Chapman School in its global ranking as among the best graduate schools in the world for Latin American students. Chapman has made the list every year since the magazine began publishing its rankings.