The final 2014-2015 MBA Ally Challenge rankings are out! Congratulations to all the participants for a record-breaking year:
9,000 student participants
280 ally activities
30% improvement in campus inclusiveness
As of June 2015
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 an end-of-year LGBT campus culture survey). Detailed data is below.
|NYU Stern||1||UCLA Anderson||13|
|UC Berkeley Haas||2||Vanderbilt Owen||14|
|Michigan Ross||3||Dartmouth Tuck||15|
|UPenn Wharton||4||Carnegie Mellon Tepper||16|
|USC Marshall||5||Chicago Booth||17|
|UVA Darden||6||UT Austin McCombs||18|
|Northwestern Kellogg||7||Harvard Business School||19|
|Columbia Business School||8||BU School of Management||20*|
|Duke Fuqua||9||Cornell Johnson||21*|
|Rochester Simon||10||Georgetown McDonough||22*|
|Wake Forest University||11||Stanford GSB||NR**|
*Ranking based on responses to pre-Challenge culture survey (insufficient data in post-Challenge survey)
**Not ranked due to insufficient data in pre- or post-Challenge survey (<50 responses)
Final Program Status
Regardless of rank, participants are awarded Bronze, Silver, and Gold program status for achieving the below membership & activity milestones.
22 of the 23 participating schools achieved Program Status in the Challenge!
50%+ membership, 9+ activities
Congratulations also to the most improved school for LGBT inclusive culture:
Marshall increased its inclusion score by 60% from beginning to end of year, from 49% to 78%!
Thank you to our 2014-2015 sponsor for making the MBA Ally Challenge possible:
MBAAC Rank vs Overall Rank
Here's how the standings stack 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 post-survey measuring perceived inclusiveness of LGBT campus culture at the end of the year.
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 winners:
|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|