Collective potential impact:
17,000 emerging business leaders
The 2014-2015 MBA Ally Challenge is made possible with the support of
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Rankings as of Feb 2015 (updated quarterly)
Rankings are based on an equally weighted average of 1) membership (% of student body who have participated), 2) activities (number of ally engagement activities implemented), and 3) inclusion score (responses to a pre-Challenge LGBT campus culture survey). Detailed data is below.
|Michigan Ross||1||Dartmouth Tuck||13|
|UC Berkeley Haas||2||Duke Fuqua||14|
|UPenn Wharton||3||UCLA Anderson||15|
|UVA Darden||4||BU School of Management||16|
|Columbia Business School||5||Harvard Business School||17|
|UNC Kenan-Flagler||6||UT Austin McCombs||18|
|NYU Stern||7||Carnegie Mellon Tepper||19|
|Wake Forest University||8||Cornell Johnson||20|
|Northwestern Kellogg||9||Georgetown McDonough||21|
|USC Marshall||10||Chicago Booth||22|
|Vanderbilt Owen||11||Stanford GSB||NR*|
*Not ranked due to insufficient data in pre-Challenge culture survey (<50 responses)
Regardless of rank, participants are awarded Bronze, Silver, and Gold program status for achieving certain membership and activity milestones.
Congratulations to the 22 of 23 participating schools that have achieved one of the 3 program status levels by Feb 2015!
50%+ membership, 9+ activities
UC Berkeley Haas
Columbia Business School
25%+ membership, 6+ activities
BU School of Management
10%+ membership, 3+ activities
Wake Forest University
Harvard Business School
UT Austin McCombs
Carnegie Mellon Tepper
Inclusion Rank vs Overall Rank
Here's how the current standings rank up against Businessweek's 2014 MBA rankings:
Schools are ranked on an equally weighted average of the three MBA Ally Challenge criteria: 1) membership as a % of student body, 2) activities, and 3) inclusion score. The data used in the rankings calculation is below: 1) Membership, as reported by LGBT student group leaders, is the % of the total student body who have participated in at least one LGBT-related event or campaign. 2) Activities are the total number of events or campaigns executed by the LGBT student group that contain an ally component. 3) Inclusion scores are the aggregate of positive student responses to five questions in a Challenge pre-survey measuring perceived inclusiveness of LGBT campus culture.
Rankings are updated quarterly throughout the school year. Final rankings will include updated inclusion scores from an end-of-year post survey.
About the MBA Ally Challenge
The Friendfactor MBA Ally Challenge is an annual friendly competition among business schools to build the most LGBT-inclusive campuses they can over the course of the school year. Participating schools are evaluated on three criteria:
Initial standings are based on pre-survey inclusion scores. Standings are then updated quarterly and calculated by an equal weighting of the 3 evaluation criteria (33% for membership, 33% for activities, and 33% for inclusion score). Final standings are calculated using end of the year post-survey inclusion scores and are announced in June.
In addition to its rank, each school may achieve Gold, Silver, or Bronze status by achieving the following membership and activity milestones:
|Bronze Program||Silver Program||Gold Program|
|Membership (% of student body)||10%||25%||50%|
The 2014-2015 school year is the 3rd annual MBA Ally Challenge, which launched in Fall 2012 and has nearly doubled year-over-year. Last year's 12 participating schools activated over 4,300 students and executed 106 ally-related activities across their campuses. Their efforts improved the inclusiveness of campus culture such that nearly 50% more LGBT students felt comfortable being out to everyone on campus by the end of the school year - an increase from 42% to 62%, putting these schools far above the national workplace average of 47% openly LGBT professionals. The Challenge has been featured in Businessweek, The Huffington Post, Clear Admit, and the MIT Sloan and Kellogg websites, among others.
Here's a rundown of the past participants and reigning champions:
|School||2013-2014 Rank||2012-2013 Rank|
|Columbia Business School||1||1|
|Carnegie Mellon Tepper||9|
|Harvard Business School||10|
|Yale School of Management||4|