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UTA Undergraduate Business, Engineering programs move up on U.S. News and World Report lists

Saturday, September 12, 2015

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The University of Texas at Arlington saw two of its premier colleges advance in stature and placement on the annual U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges lists released this week.

Engineering team at UT Arlington Research Institute

The College of Engineering moved to No. 98 on the 2016 list of 165 ranked undergraduate engineering programs at colleges offering doctoral degrees, up from 100 on the 2015 list. The College of Business ranked 131st among 472 undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, up from 133rd the previous year. The rankings are based on recommendations of deans and senior faculty members nationwide.

“The continued steady climb of both the College of Business and the College of Engineering are testament to the high caliber of our outstanding faculty and students, innovative curricula and focus on excellence,” said UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari. “We continue to meet the increasing workforce needs of the Metroplex and Texas while simultaneously enhancing the level of scholarship and research, all of which result in our accelerated rise to higher levels of national and international excellence.”

The Colleges of Business and Engineering house some of the largest and most popular academic programs and have a combined enrollment of more than 12,500 students this fall. They contribute thousands of degreed graduates to the Texas economy each year and helped fuel the record number of more than 10,000 diplomas UTA awarded in 2015.

“UT Arlington is fast becoming a top choice for the students who will be the skilled workforce of the future, which is great news for the Metroplex and the state of Texas,” said state Rep. Chris Turner, whose district includes Arlington. “UTA is more than doing its part to help the state achieve its new educational goal of ensuring that 60 percent of our population has a college degree by 2030 and will be an increasingly important part of that effort in the years to come.”

Rachel Croson, dean of the College of Business, attributed the improved rankings in part to curricular innovations that allow double majors in high-demand areas; enhanced student services including tutoring, mentoring and internship opportunities; and growing corporate and alumni support. Business enrollment is expected to exceed 5,500 students this fall, including almost 1,400 in graduate programs.

The College of Business also has added world-class faculty members in recent years such as Dr. Raj Agnihotri, an associate marketing professor and the John Merrill Endowed Professor of Consultative Sales, and Dr. Kay-Yut Chen, an internationally renowned expert in data analytics and behavioral economics from Yahoo! and Hewlett-Packard who is now a professor in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management.

Khosrow Bebehani, dean of the College of Engineering, credited the continued rise in rankings to the strong efforts of faculty to ensure that students are provided cutting edge knowledge in their disciplines and also are provided tremendous opportunities for experiential learning through projects and competitions such as the Formula SAE racing team. He also ascribed the increasing reputation among peers to the recruitment of nationally renowned faculty members who are adding to the level of expertise at UTA.

The College, for example, has added National Academy of Engineering member Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider, an internationally recognized expert in high temperature energy systems and composite materials, to lead UTA’s new Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures. Dr. Paul Componation, an expert in NASA launch system development and the application of decision-analysis tools to support aviation and missile systems, joined UTA in 2014 as chair of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering.

College of Engineering enrollment is expected to exceed 7,000 students this fall, with more than 3,300 enrolled at the graduate level.

The improved rankings come as UT Arlington is implementing its Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact and making significant strides in faculty and student excellence as it becomes a model urban research university for the 21st century.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UT Arlington rankings and recognition at http://www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

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