JACKSON, Tenn. – Sept. 14, 2004– Union University’s McAfee School of Business Administration has been ranked in the top 10 among the nation’s best Christian business schools by Business Reform magazine. The list appears in the September/October issue.
“This honor is a wonderful recognition for Union University, and it is a tribute to the faculty and staff in McAfee School of Business Administration for their dedication and hard work,” said Dr. Keith Absher, dean of the McAfee School of Business Administration.
“Business Reform is the leading Christian business magazine, making the designation even more significant,” he said.
In addition to the top 10 ranking, Union’s business program was listed third in a peer assessment by other business deans across the nation and fifth for degree and course offerings.
“It is particularly gratifying to be recognized by other business school deans,” Absher said.
Union President David S. Dockery shared Absher’s enthusiasm.
“We are certainly excited about this well-deserved recognition for the School of Business at Union University,” Dockery said. “To be seen as one of the top 10 church-related Business Schools in the country is a tribute to the quality of faculty, the breadth of the curriculum, and the depth of the program grounded in the liberal arts and communicated through the worldview framework which distinguishes a Union University education.”
According to Business Reform writer Jared Crooks, the magazine plans to make the list an annual tradition to inform their readers of schools teaching biblical business principles.
“Christian programs should be educating their students at a higher level, taking basic truths of the faith and implementing them into every aspect of the students’ educational career, as well as equipping them for real world challenges,” Crooks said. “Business Reform is dedicated to informing our readership of what programs are doing the best job in teaching students to run their own business (or manage a business) and to do so for the glory of God.”
The top 10 schools were chosen after a survey of over 100 schools nationwide. Schools on the list were identified as endeavoring to “educate their students in how work and faith interact on an essential level, with one helping to shape the other as both are continually refined,” the article said.
Absher sees the recognition as affirmation of Union’s dedication to integrating faith and learning in all areas of the university.
“Our faculty and staff are committed to producing strong Christian business leaders that will impact all areas of the marketplace,” Absher said, “and it is fitting that they should be recognized as one of the top 10 schools in the nation for this pursuit.”