Freeman College Named Principles for Responsible Management Education Champion, Remains in 'Poets&Quants' Top 20

January 22, 2024

by Mike Ferlazzo

Freeman College of Management students interact in the Moriarty Investment Center in Holmes Hall. Photo by Emily Paine, Marketing & Communications

Bucknell University's Freeman College of Management is one of just three business/management programs from U.S. institutions to be named among the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) Champions for 2024-2025.

Bucknell's Freeman College also remained in the top 20 of the new national ranking of undergraduate business/management programs by Poets&Quants for Undergrads, a leading news website dedicated to the coverage of undergraduate business education. Bucknell ranks No. 20 overall and third among Pennsylvania institutions.

"These two recent honors continue to endorse the Freeman College of Management

Cindy Guthrie

Cindy Guthrie, interim dean of the Freeman College of Management. Photo by Douglas Kilpatrick

as one of the top colleges for undergraduate management education in the nation," says Cindy Guthrie, interim dean of the Freeman College. "Since UNPRME guides our college mission and curriculum, we celebrate inclusion among this select group of institutions. And we are excited to be included among the nation's top 20 business/management programs in Poets&Quants ranking for the third consecutive year."

PRME Champions
With more than 800 signatory members from 96 countries, PRME is a United Nations-supported initiative that has a mission to transform management education and develop the responsible decision-makers of tomorrow to advance sustainable development. The PRME Secretariat selects annual "Champions" from among a pool of applicants. Champions represent a group of 47 business and management schools from across the PRME community that are committed to working collaboratively to develop and promote activities that address shared barriers for the PRME community, and that deliver value for business and society at large.

The focus of the 2024-25 Champions cycle will be on advancing the seven principles of PRME (Purpose, Values, Teach, Research, Partner, Practice and Share); engagement in thematic roundtables for generating ideas and solutions to institutional challenges within business schools that support the PRME strategy; and aligning with the vision of the United Nations Global Compact in completing actions toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The PRME Champions program provides faculty members with a space for developing and sharing collaborative educational methods and a "living lab" for ambitious new ideas for developing the next generation of sustainability-driven business schools and management-related higher education institutions in support of sustainable development goals.

Poets&Quants for Undergrads Ranking
In addition to ranking No. 20 overall, Bucknell's Freeman College of Management ranked No. 19 in academic experience, and No. 20 in career outcomes.

Considered the most comprehensive assessment of undergraduate business programs, Poets&Quants for Undergrads ranking is compiled from among surveys of recent grads across the 91 schools on aspects of faculty availability, extracurricular opportunities, and accessibility of the alumni network. The ranking is based on three categories that best measure the undergrad B-school experience: the quality and diversity of students enrolling in a program (Admissions Standards); the ability of a business school to nurture, challenge and grow those young minds (Academic Experience); and how the market and world's top employers respond to those graduates when leaving the school (Career Outcomes). Each category is given an equal weight in the final score of 33.3%. Information about the methodology may be found here.

The Freeman College of Management offers transformative business experiences and educational opportunities grounded in the liberal arts. It is home to more than 700 students and more than 40 faculty and staff. Through small class sizes and close relationships with faculty and staff, students receive individual attention and mentoring that fosters success. The College offers majors in accounting; business analytics; finance; management & organizations; and markets, innovation & design, as well as minors in accounting, business analytics, entrepreneurship, human resource management, real estate, and management.