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Binghamton University graduate programs ranked among best in nation by U.S. News

Several of Binghamton University’s graduate programs placed prominently on this year’s prestigious U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools list.

This year’s highlights include business and pharmacy programs cracking the top 100; and three programs from the College of Community and Public Affairs.

“I’m happy to see so many Binghamton graduate programs recognized on this well-respected list,” said President Harvey Stenger. “These are top-tier programs that provide students with the knowledge and preparation they need to become experts in their fields, and this ranking affirms that.”

Each year, U.S. News ranks graduate programs based on business, education, law, nursing and other fields; more than 80 programs were ranked this year. Rankings are based on statistical surveys of programs and reputation surveys sent to academics and professionals. Some programs are ranked by a unique methodology. For example, business rankings compare full-time MBA programs on “career placement success, student excellence and qualitative assessments by experts.”

Rankings for 12 of the disciplines this year are based on surveys from academic leaders at peer institutions. Highlights from this year’s rankings include:

  • The College of Community and Public Affairs saw its public administration program jump from #72 to #65; social work was ranked #77 and education was ranked #130.
  • The School of Management jumped from #104 to #90 for business, reaching the top 100 for the first time.
  • The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was tied for #95 for pharmacy.
  • Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science saw its computer science program jump from #105 to #96.
  • Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences was ranked #102 for nursing and #159 for occupational therapy.

“That several programs across a wide variety of disciplines were named to this year’s list speaks to the strength of our graduate offerings and the breadth of

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U.S. News & World Report Again Ranks UConn MBA Among the Best

U.S. News & World Report has again ranked the UConn School of Business’ part-time MBA program, known as the FLEX MBA, as among the top graduate business programs in the nation.

The 2024-25 Best Graduate School Rankings were released today and the UConn program now ranks at No. 33 in the nation. That’s up from No. 37 last year and reflects a steady increase from the No. 70 ranking in 2018-19.

Mia Hawlk, Executive Director of MBA Programs, attributes the ranking increase to a commitment to the student experience, the creation of innovative courses, and the dedication of faculty and staff.

“To see our ranking go up that much over six years is really impressive,’’ she said. “We find ourselves in the company of private colleges, but we are delivering the same level of excellence at a much lower cost.’’

“Our program is never stagnant. We’ve recently added innovative courses, addressing sustainability in business, artificial intelligence for managers, emotional intelligence in business, and revolutionary technologies,’’ she said. “These are just some of the many ways we distinguish ourselves from our competitors.’’

Professor Jose M. Cruz, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the School of Business, said it is an honor to rank so highly in such a competitive hierarchy.

“The UConn MBA program has consistently defined the pinnacle of excellence in a fiercely competitive landscape,’’ Cruz said. “Renowned for its rigorous curriculum, active student involvement, emphasis on vital leadership cultivation, and robust career support, the program stands as a beacon of quality and innovation.’’

Cruz said students appreciate the ability to tailor their studies with specializations that include business analytics, digital marketing strategy, finance, management, or supply chain management. They can also opt for a comprehensive general MBA degree.

The FLEX MBA program is offered in-person in Hartford

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Small business owners report growing optimism about the U.S. economy

Small business owners are feeling better about the U.S. economy as inflation cools and recession fears subside, according to a new survey. Indeed, economic optimism among smaller employers is at a 22-year high, PNC Financial Services Group found in polling small and midsize business owners. 

A majority of respondents – 55% – said they are “highly optimistic” about the national economy this year. That’s up sharply from 34% last fall and 26% a year ago, according to the Pittsburgh-based bank. Roughly eight in 10 owners also expressed confidence about their own businesses’ financial prospects. Over the next six months, just over half of the business owners who were surveyed think their profits will rise, while only 5% expect earnings to fall. 

“The U.S. economy is doing quite well. We had strong economic growth in the second half of 2023, with consumers spending more and businesses investing. That strength is persisting into 2024,” PNC Chief Economist Gus Faucher told CBS MoneyWatch. 

The findings are based on a randomized phone survey of 500 small and midsize businesses, which PNC defines as having annual revenue ranging from $100,000 to $250 million, from January 2 to February 1.

As inflation slows, fewer small business owners also see a need to raise their own prices in the near term. According to PNC, 47% of the enterprises that were surveyed said they expect to increase prices over the next six months, down from 55% last fall. Of those businesses that plan to raise prices, just over 1 in 10 say they’ll do so by at least 5%. 

The economic fortunes of small businesses are critical to the U.S., with nearly 62 million Americans employed by such firms, or roughly 46% of workers, according to the Small Business Administration. Overall, the U.S. has more than 33

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U.S. News & World Report Ranks UNC Greensboro Among Best Online Programs

Multiple UNC Greensboro online programs have been ranked among the state’s and nation’s top 2024 Best Online Programs by U.S. News & World Report, including #1 in North Carolina for the online Bachelor’s in Business program.

UNCG receives recognition for the following online programs:

Bachelor’s in Business (Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs)

#1 in North Carolina
#38 in U.S.

Graduate Nursing (Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs)

#3 in North Carolina
#14 in U.S.

Graduate Education (Best Online Master’s in Education Programs)

#3 in North Carolina
#52 in U.S.

Graduate Information Technology (Best Online Master’s in Info Tech Programs)

#3 in North Carolina
#43 in U.S.

Graduate Business (Best Online Master’s in Business Programs)

#4 in North Carolina
#62 in U.S.

MBA (Best Online MBA Programs)

#5 in North Carolina
#86 in U.S.

Bachelor’s (Best Online Bachelor’s Programs)

#8 in North Carolina
#90 in U.S.

Three online programs are also recognized for veteran support:

Veterans-Graduate Education (Best Online Master’s in Education Programs for Veterans)

#2 in North Carolina
#15 in U.S.

Veterans-Graduate Business (Best Online Master’s in Programs for Veterans)

#3 in North Carolina
#27 in the U.S.

Veterans-Bachelor’s (Best Online Bachelors Programs for Veterans)

#4 in North Carolina
#54 in the U.S.

U.S. News evaluated schools in each category based on a variety of factors, such as student engagement, faculty credentials, and services and technologies.

“UNCG online programs have a legacy of state and national recognition, and to see this recognition yet again is a testament to the consistent, high quality of education our faculty deliver,” said Chancellor Frank Gilliam. “Equally important, these programs are known for their flexibility, helping busy students access the education they need to achieve their goals and change the trajectory of their lives. Yet another way UNCG continues to

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Emory among top national universities in U.S. News rankings

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Ranking: U.S. News’ Best Undergraduate Business Programs Of 2024

Ranking: U.S. News' Best Undergraduate Business Programs Of 2024

The Wharton School takes first place yet again in U.S. News’ 2024 ranking of the best undergraduate business programs

The University of Pennsylvania’s The Wharton School has topped the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Undergraduate Business Programs of 2024 ranking released today (September 18).

That’s hardly a surprise. The Wharton School was first in last year’s U.S. News undergrad ranking, the year before that, and the year before that. (And until last year, it was the top B-school in Poets&Quants‘ undergraduate ranking for five straight years, too.)

The top of this year’s rankings is remarkably similar to last year’s. Because the methodology of the U.S. News ranking creates a lot of ties, there are actually 11 schools ranked in the top 10 this year, compared to 12 in the 2023 ranking. University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce dropped four points to No. 12 this year after tying with several schools last year for No. 8.

The only other change to this year’s top 10 are that University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business essentially swapped places. Tepper fell two spots to No. 7 while McCombs climbed two spots to No. 5. See U.S. News’ 2024 top 10 business programs in the table below.

2024 Rank Institution 2023 Rank Y-O-Y Change 2022 Rank
1 University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) 1 0 1
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2 0 2
2 University of California, Berkeley (Haas) 2 0 3
4 University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Ross) 4 0 4
5 New York University (Stern) 5 0 5
5 University of Texas at Austin (McCombs) 7 2 5
7 Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) 5 -2 7
8 Cornell University (Dyson) 8 0 8
8 Indiana University–Bloomington (Kelley) 8
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CI Financial Rebrands U.S. Wealth Business

CI Financial, the Canadian asset management firm that has been on a multi-year acquisition streak of U.S.-based registered investment advisors, has rebranded its U.S. wealth business, CI Private Wealth, to Corient, a name derived from one of the RIAs the company has acquired.

Effective immediately, legacy RIAs will no longer be able to co-brand alongside the firm; all U.S. offices will now operate under the Corient brand. The company’s Canadian-based ultra-high-net-worth wealth management businesses will continue to use the CI Private Wealth name.

The rebrand is part of the CI’s effort to integrate all its U.S. wealth businesses into one RIA firm. A CI spokesperson said Corient has largely adopted a single ADV for its businesses. 

“Non-client-facing functions such as IT, operations, finance, marketing HR, legal and compliance now have centralized structures, while we have introduced enhanced services that include an in-house trust company, a tax practice and others,” the spokesperson said. “The integration of the business and its unique partnership structure also allow for clients to benefit from the expertise and collaboration of advisors and specialists across the firm.”

In April CI’s U.S. wealth division formed its own trust company in South Dakota. An “array” of corporate trustee services are now available to all Corient advisors around the country to offer clients. The trust’s “preferred” approach is to stick to administration while leaving responsibility for investing assets inside the trust up to the advisors, according to the announcement. The corporate trust company can accommodate various trust structures, including investments, business interests and natural resource interests.

“The new name better reflects the extensive capabilities we offer today as a national, integrated organization and our vision to become the country’s pre-eminent private wealth firm,” said CEO Kurt MacAlpine, in

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Consumers are starting to feel better about the U.S. economy

There’s still a long way to go — but U.S. consumers are starting to feel better about the economy.

The University of Michigan’s monthly Consumer Sentiment Index hit 72.6 for July — the highest reading since September 2021.

By comparison, the index, which polls individuals about overall business conditions and how they’re getting along financially, remains below the high of 101 it reached in February 2020, just prior to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But the sentiment measure has now climbed eight of the past 11 months.

In an interview in advance of Friday’s release, index director Joanne Hsu said the tracker remains closely tied to inflation. With price increases slowing from their June 2022 highs, it makes sense that a rebound in sentiment is occurring, she said.

“Even though many consumers are still bracing for a possible downturn up ahead, they’ve noticed how inflation has cooled, and upgraded their views,” she said.

Consumers still consider current prices — and expenditures — very high, Hsu said. And the latest index reading found expectations for inflation one year from now changed little from last month.

But inflation isn’t the only consideration: The strong labor market is also helping bolster sentiment, Hsu said. At 3.6%, unemployment is at historic lows. The so-called Misery Index, which adds the unemployment rate to the inflation rate, is now approaching pre-pandemic levels.

While there is nearly uniform agreement among economists that the U.S. is not in a recession, certain segments of the American public don’t seem to believe it — especially Republicans.

Political affiliation is one the strongest determinants of views of the economy, Hsu said — with the Michigan index now at 96.7 among Democrats compared with 49.3 among Republicans (among Independents, it’s 71.5).

Historically, individuals who identify with the party out of power

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Army Chief Nominee Cites Warfighting, Recruiting as Top Priorities > U.S. Department of Defense > Defense Department News

Preparing the Army for future war fights and meeting recruiting challenges are among the top priorities for Army Gen. Randy A. George, who was nominated to serve as the 41st chief of staff of the U.S. Army. 

George, who now serves as the vice chief of staff of the Army, today testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about what his priorities would be if he is confirmed. 

The general also said an area of focus, were he to be confirmed, will be to ensure the Army has the industrial and sustainment base — along with the soldier and family support infrastructure needed — to project forces across the globe.

“Finally, I’ll continue to strengthen the Army profession and build cohesive teams, which starts with fixing recruiting, so that we remain an army of the people and for the people — a formidable team of all-volunteer warriors,” he said. 

George said he believes that recruiting may be one of the top challenges for the Army that awaits him as chief of staff. 

“I think it’s the No. 1 challenge that we face and the one thing that we have to be focused on,” George said. “I will tell you that every leader in the Army, and I have been as the vice, is completely focused on this.”

Part of the Army’s focus there, George told lawmakers, is on how the Army chooses recruiters; where it places recruiters; the command and control structure of the recruiting enterprise; and Army marketing. 

“We’re reviewing every aspect of that,” George said. 

The general also told senators that while the Army isn’t going to lower standards, it is helping soldiers meet standards. Part of that involves the Future Soldier Prep Course, a pilot program underway at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. As part of that program,

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See the 2023 U.S. News Rankings for Best Online Programs | Online Colleges

Enrolling in an online program can often be a more affordable and flexible alternative to an in-person degree, especially for students juggling a job or family responsibilities.

While online learning increased in popularity at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, many institutions – like some ranked in the 2023 U.S. News Best Online Programs – were ahead of the curve, having offered online degree options for years.

For the 2023 Best Online Programs rankings released today, U.S. News assessed 1,833 and ranked 1,730 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, the most in the ranking’s history.

The online bachelor’s level ranking does not use standardized tests, instead relying on other factors such as faculty credentials and training, services and technologies available to students, student engagement and expert opinion on the academic quality of programs. Master’s degree programs, in addition to these criteria, are also ranked based on student excellence.

Blended learning programs – a combination of both face-to-face and distance instruction – are not included in the rankings.

Here are some of the top online degree programs in the 2023 rankings.

Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

Best Online Programs for Veterans

To qualify, schools must appear in the top half of the Best Online Programs rankings; be certified for the GI Bill; and either be Yellow Ribbon Program participants or public institutions that charge in-state tuition, which can be fully paid through the GI Bill for out-of-state applicants.

Additionally,

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