Collective potential impact:
17,000 emerging business leaders
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Initial rankings as of Oct 2014
|Columbia Business School||1||UT Austin McCombs||13|
|UC Berkeley Haas||2||NYU Stern||14|
|UPenn Wharton||3||Michigan Ross||15|
|UCLA Anderson||4||Chicago Booth||16|
|Duke Fuqua||5||Vanderbilt Owen||17|
|Carnegie Mellon Tepper||6||BU School of Management||18|
|Harvard Business School||7||USC Marshall||19|
|Georgetown McDonough||8||UNC Kenan-Flagler||20|
|Northwestern Kellogg||9||Rochester Simon||21|
|Cornell Johnson||10||Wake Forest||22|
|Dartmouth Tuck||11||Stanford GSB||NR*|
Initial rankings based on inclusion scores calculated from student responses to a pre-Challenge LGBT campus culture survey. Details below.
*Not ranked, insufficient data (<50 responses)
Inclusion Rank vs Overall Rank
Here's how the current standings rank up against Businessweek's most current rankings:
Inclusion scores are based on the aggregate of positive student responses to five questions in a Challenge pre-survey about the perceived inclusiveness of LGBT campus culture. Over 3,600 students completed the pre-survey, totaling 22% of the collective participating student bodies.
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 rank, 33% for activities rank, and 33% for inclusion score rank). Final standings are calculated using end of the year post-survey inclusion scores and are announced in May.
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|