President David E. Daniel

February 2015


Return on Investment: Naveen Jindal School of Management

The JSOM expansion formally opened at a Dec. 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The addition increases the school's size by 50 percent.

Progress at UT Dallas is measured in a number of ways — enrollment, infrastructure, programs, and our standing among peers. Of late, I've been struck by the extraordinary markers of progress at the Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM).

Under the leadership of Dean Hasan Pirkul, JSOM is rising in national rankings:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked JSOM's online graduate business program No. 2 in the country and its online MBA program No. 6 in its 2015 Best Online Programs.
  • U.S. News also ranked the full-time MBA program No. 37 and the professional MBA program No. 22 in the nation.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Jindal School No. 41 in the nation and No. 19 among U.S. public programs. The school also ranked No. 5 in intellectual capital, a measure based on published faculty research, and No. 11 overall for return on investment.

Indeed, Dean Pirkul and the Jindal School have made their own important contribution to the business of measuring quality by creating the UT Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Rankings™, a closely followed index that has tracked faculty research productivity at management schools since 1990.

Rankings, as good as they are, reflect only part of the story. The school responds with agility to workforce trends, and as a result, academic offerings — 27 undergraduate and graduate degree programs — serve the marketplace and our students.

JSOM students collaborate and study in new common areas.

A prime example is the online graduate business program. There are students for whom an online learning experience is the only option. While we do not expect online education to wholly supplant the classroom, we look for ways to add value and make learning accessible for those whose needs are best served by this medium of delivery.

Another example: a recently established master's degree in business analytics, which was created primarily to meet demands in a field projected to grow 32 percent in the next decade. Another: the master's degree in information technology and management is among the largest programs in the nation. And yet another: a bachelor's degree in healthcare management, the only one of its kind among UT System business schools. The undergraduate degree complements the existing graduate programs and certificates for professionals in the business side of medicine.

These desirable offerings have increased student enrollment — 7,500 in the fall, up 7 percent from the previous year. A much-needed $25-million, 108,000-square-foot addition to the school opened in the fall, just in time to welcome the largest freshman class in JSOM history, with 489 students — an uptick of 63 percent. Twenty new faculty members joined the school, bringing the total to 187.

High rankings are certainly commendable, but they constitute just one return on the investments made in innovative programs, talented faculty and well-equipped facilities. Perhaps the most important result of these efforts is the progress and achievements of our students and alumni. Our people and programs in JSOM are increasingly being recognized as truly exceptional not only in the Dallas-Fort Worth region but around the world.

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The President's Viewpoint is a periodic newsletter distributed to a select group of alumni, friends, faculty and staff. It comes from the desk of Dr. David E. Daniel, president of The University of Texas at Dallas, and provides the ultimate insider’s view on the news and concerns of the University.