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The bigger story, if there is one, is actually found below the top 20 schools, as American institutions are strongly moving into the customized space. For example both Georgetown (McDonough) and Washington University (Olin) jumped 17 spots (From 34 to 17 and 41 to 24, respectively). Other big risers include

Northwestern (Kellogg) (+12), Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) (+21), MIT (Sloan)  (+24), the University of Michigan (Ross) (+20), and Emory University (Goizueta) (+9) However, these rises may also be fueled by declines in established players like Babson College (Olin), which plunged from #17 to #9. Other schools falling in the custom space include Darden (-8), UCLA (-10), Columbia (-9), Boston University (-20), Harvard (-5), and Wharton (-5).

Here are the top 10 programs for customized curriculum:

2014 Rank & School 2013 Rank Average 3-Year Rank Country
  1. Duke Energy Corp. 1 1 U.S.
  2. HEC Paris 2 2 France
  3. IESE Business School 3 3 Spain
  4. Center for Creative Leadership 5 5 U.S.
  5. IMD 6 6 Switzerland
  6. Esade Business School 4 5 Spain
  7. Cranfield 8 10 U.K.
  8. Stanford GSB 10 13 U.S.
  9. UNC (Kenan-Flagler) 8 10 U.S.
10. London Business School 17 18 U.K.

Source: The Financial Times


Along with the rankings, The Financial Times also reports that customers, as a whole, were happy with their education experience. For example, 95% of companies that took advantage of custom instruction were likely to reach out to the same school when they needed new courses developed. In fact, 41% of surveyed companies that adopted custom programs in 2013 were weighing whether to spend more on executive education in the coming years.

One motif running through the survey results was satisfaction with faculty, where respondents in both open enrollment and customized programs gave them an average score of 9.1 (on a scale of 10). However, there were slight differences between the groups. According to The Financial Times, open enrollment programs were more likely to meet client expectations, scoring a 9.1 against 8.9 for custom education participants. Similarly, open enrollment participants scored “New Skills and Learning,” which measures the relevance of content, at 8.9, which is 0.2 points higher than scores given by customized corporate participants. In both cases, school follow up was the lowest rated category, scoring on average an 8.2 (open) and 8.3 (customized).

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