Press Release for Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Coggin College's Logistics Program Ranks 13th in the Nation

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director

Department of Media Relations and Events

(904) 620-2102

A recent survey of logistics/supply chain practitioners and academics in Canada, Mexico and the United States ranks the Logistics Program of the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida as 13th in the nation.

Stephen M. Rutner of Georgia Southern University and Stanley E. Fawcett of Brigham Young University asked 1,000 supply chain and logistics professionals and 175 college and university educators to rank the top-20 logistics/supply chain programs in America. This survey was published in an article “The State of Supply Chain Education” by Supply Chain Management Review. Coggin’s Logistics Program cracked the top-20 overall rankings with universities such as Stanford (No. 19), Auburn (No. 14) and Wisconsin-Madison (No. 17). Penn State’s program was ranked No. 1.

“This is an incredible testament to the hard work of our faculty in the Coggin College, and its relevance to our students and subsequent alumni,” said Dr. John McAllister, dean of the Coggin College of Business. “The ranking helps to bring national awareness to the caliber of this important program.”

Survey respondents were asked to identify characteristics important in a university supply chain educational program and were asked to evaluate various programs in place at North American universities today. Using a five-point scale, respondents were first asked to rate eight general criteria that affect the quality and reputation of logistics and supply chain programs. These criteria were faculty, research contributions, source for future employees, department reputation, graduate and undergraduate curriculum, alumni visibility and overall college or university reputation. Using the evaluation criteria, respondents were then asked to identify and rank the 20 top logistics and supply chain programs.

UNF’s Transportation and Logistics Program prepares students for challenging careers in supply chain management, international logistics, transportation and physical distribution. The program has received considerable state, national and international recognition. The Florida Board of Regents selected the UNF Transportation and Logistics Program as one of the initial five programs to receive the Florida Legislature’s “Program of Distinction” emphasis within the State University System. The Board of Regents further recognized the Program by designating it as one of the university system’s “Centers of Excellence.”

The Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Approximately 25 percent of business schools in the U.S. are accredited by AACSB. Among these, the Coggin College ranks within the third of AACSB schools accredited in both business and accounting.

An outstanding team of 90 faculty and staff prepare students for the business world’s dynamic challenges. Over 80 percent of Coggin graduates are hired by local organizations and contribute to the success of North Florida’s economy through their technical expertise and leadership capabilities.

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