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Good News about UA Academics, Part 22

Posted by ROBERTUS on November 24, 2003

Making the Grade

In an analytical world, measures are important to monitoring status and direction. The more variety of measures used, the more accurate information we can obtain. The University of Alabama has always measured-up well to the competition. The following are the results of just a few current “measures of success” that prove The University of Alabama continues to “make the grade”.

-The University of Alabama ranks 9th nationally in the number of student-athletes who have earned Academic All-American honors over the last three years. With 16 student-athletes earning these honors, UA receives the highest ranking among SEC member institutions. The second-ranked SEC member institution was The University of Florida, ranking 19th nationally.

-The University of Alabama’s MBA program in the Manderson Graduate School of Business was ranked 46th nationally (20th among public MBA programs) in the 2003 Forbes magazine rankings of full-time MBA programs.

-The Department of Advertising and Public Relations in The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences has been ranked 10th nationally in the number of peer-reviewed presentations at the American Academy of Advertising (AAA) during the past 20 years.

-A research article titled, “The Market-Trust Theory of Relationship Marketing”, co-authored by Dr. Robert Morgan, associate professor of marketing at UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, has the distinction of being the most frequently cited article of all articles published in business and economics journals. Also, another paper published by a group of researchers led by Dr. Robin Rogers, professor of chemistry and director of UA’s Center for Green Manufacturing, was recognized by the newsletter “Science Watch”, as the fifth most cited chemistry paper in the WORLD!!!

-The Public Relations program in the College of Communications and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama has been named one of the Best in the Nation. The program recently received Public Relations Society of America Certification. PRSA’s certification report called UA’s PR program “one of the most successful undergraduate programs in the country.”

-The Bar-exam passage rate for the 2003 Law School class at The University of Alabama was a very high 97 percent. The 97 percent passage rate would place the UA School of Law among the top six nationally, based on 2002 figures reported in US News and World Report’s annual ranking of Law Schools.

-Previous ACADEMIC UPDATES (Parts 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, and 21) have listed many successful UA alums who have made a name for themselves in the current business world. The following is a list of another half-dozen alums who are making their university proud.

*Beverly C. Phifer, President and CEO of Phifer Wire Company
*Robert Don Pettus, President of PAR Group, LLC.
*Billy Ray Rice, President of Trans Load Limited, Inc.
*Douglas G. Moore, Chairman and CEO of Vulcan Publications, Inc.
*George William Ash, President of American Surgical, Inc.
*Melissa Durbin, President of Marshall Durbin Farms

-The University of Alabama’s program in Dance in the College of Arts and Sciences is the only accredited dance program in the state of Alabama and one of only 125 in the nation.

-University of Alabama senior majoring in aerospace engineering, Rob Davis, has been selected as one of three 2003 Portz Scholars in the National Collegiate Honors Council’s competition for outstanding undergraduate Honors papers. The Portz Fund is named in honor of John and Edythe Portz. Dr. John Portz was the first director of the University Honors Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, and one of the founders of the NCHS, serving as one of its first presidents.

The University of Alabama’s tradition of excellence is legendary. In the coming year, an ambitious new campaign will be launched to ensure The University of Alabama continues to “Make the Grade” well into the future. Great things are always happening at The University of Alabama, therefore, more UPDATES are on the way. Until then, ROLL TIDE FOREVER!!!!