UMKC management program get higher marks in new rankingsBy MARÁ ROSE WILLIAMS
The Kansas City Star
Last year, the University of Missouri-Kansas City business school landed a $32 million gift for a new building.
This year, the school announced Wednesday, one of its departments got a boost in its marks from the much-watched U.S. News & World Report Best Grad Schools rankings.
The nonprofit management emphasis in the Henry W. Bloch School of Managements master of public administration program jumped 10 spots in the magazines ratings, from its former ranking at No. 25 to No. 15 in the nation.
In its new position, UMKC ties with Arizona State University and the University of Georgia. And it lands above prestigious schools such as Seton Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke and North Carolina State University.
UMKC officials also announced the launch of a program that would allow students from all disciplines to collaborate and compete in developing innovative strategies for urban communities.
The new Aaron L. Levitt Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, run out of the Bloch Schools department of public affairs, is similar to the Regnier Venture Creation Challenge another UMKC competition designed to encourage collaboration across disciplines.