Promises kept: Farmer School makes significant progress in achieving goals

When Jenny Darroch assumed the position of Farmer School dean a year and a half ago, she and her executive team set an aggressive goal for the school, stating, “Our goal is to become a top-10 public undergraduate business school in the U.S. by 2025.”

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While some questioned the advisability of setting such a goal, given the role uncontrollable elements could play in achieving it, the new dean explained, “I believe that a goal, unless specific and measurable, is just an idea. To be clear, we focus on rankings as a method to gauge how well we are performing our true mission of providing an unmatched educational experience for our students – leading to career and personal success. The factors that are used to determine the Poets & Quants rankings are key indicators for student satisfaction and the success of our graduates.”

In the just-released 2022 rankings from Poets & Quants for Undergrads, the school rose from its 2021 ranking as the #17 public undergraduate business school in the nation to #13. They also ranked the Farmer School in the top five for student experience and in the top 10 for career outcomes.

“Dean Darroch and the Farmer School of Business faculty and staff have done an extraordinary job elevating the business school and its students to the next level,” said Miami President Gregory Crawford. “This achievement reflects their dedication to student success and is a testament to their commitment and goal-oriented teamwork.” 

As stated by Poets & Quants, the data for the 2022 undergraduate business school rankings are compiled by surveying over 5,400 alumni and by using school-reported data. Recent graduates across the 95 schools were surveyed on aspects of faculty availability, extracurricular opportunities, and accessibility of the alumni network. This data doesn’t exist together anywhere else in the world.

As Darroch notes, “Results like these are only possible with a team effort. We recruit outstanding students. Our faculty and staff are deeply committed to offering a best-in-class student experience by offering innovative curriculum, co-curricular activities and experiential learning opportunities. Our alumni and external partners are actively engaged in the success of our students and the school. These pieces combine into an ecosystem, which allows us to achieve great things.” 

Source: Farmer School of Business