Universities' supply chain rankings

It's a little early for pre-season football forecasts, but AMR Research has issued a ranking that is sure to generate lively debate among supply chain professionals.

The report, Leading U.S. Supply Chain Programs, 2009, assesses supply chain programs at  U.S. universities. AMR says the report was based on 126 companies' responses to an industry survey, and analysis of detail on programs at 19 universities.

"Our assessment showed many strong programs, with innovative teaching approaches and relevant research being conducted," the AMR report said. But it added: "Unfortunately, most universities are only partially meeting the most pressing needs  from industry, with supply chain programs on average teaching only 5 of 11 academic areas needed, inconsistently applying supply chain technology, and not ensuring sufficient applied knowledge transfer."

AMR evaluated university programs based on industry value (recruiting or "best program" mentions and average salaries of graduates), depth (number of students, full-time professors and supply chain programs), and scope (number of supply chain courses and areas covered, and academic or research innovation).

The survey rated Penn State and Michgan State universities with the highest total scores, with Arizona State, Ohio State, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech close behind.

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