Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business Featured
in Guide to Responsible Business Programs
Oakland, CA–August 21, 2012 In recognition of its attention to both sustainability and social impact, the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College has been named one of the top-rated graduate business programs in the 2012 edition of Business as UNusual: The Student Guide to Graduate Programs.
More than 3,000 MBA students rated their programs on a scale of 1 to 5 and the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business received an overall rating of 4.5, garnering one of the highest average student ratings in the social impact category.
The guide recognizes over 100 business schools at the forefront of social and environmental innovation and provides an inside look at the commitment of MBA programs to social and environmental themes in curriculum, extracurricular activities, career services, and more.
“It’s important for business schools today to educate a new breed of business leaders who are not motivated just by attaining wealth,” said Deborah Merrill-Sands, dean of the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business. “We need to prepare business leaders who will meet the needs of the 21st century, leaders whose emphasis is placed on creating enterprise that makes a positive social as well as economic impact and supports a more sustainable and equitable society.”
Business as UNusual notes that the top three strengths of the Lokey Graduate School of Business program are: corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability. The Business School received significantly increased ratings over last year due to its strong emphasis on social and environmental themes in the program’s curriculum. The guide reported that 91 percent of students were satisfied with course content and 81 percent of students were satisfied with faculty emphasis on those issues.
In addition, the publication noted that 97percent of students agreed that the program offers “adequate career preparation resources for impact job seekers.” This compares to an average of 75 percent for all schools in the guide.
The Business School’s commitment to student activities was also acknowledged, noting that 88 percent of students are completely or very satisfied with extracurricular activities and 94 percent of students are completely or very satisfied with the student body’s commitment to these issues.
In June, the MBA Net Impact Chapter at the Lokey Graduate School of Business earned gold status. This year, only 16 percent of the more than 300 Net Impact chapters worldwide achieved gold standing placing Lokey Net Impact among a distinguished handful of only 51 graduate schools awarded this status. Gold is the highest honor a chapter can receive. Chapters achieve gold standing by meeting a rigorous set of requirements based on their activities, programming, and membership reach.