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TCU Supply Chain Management Program Ranks 13th in U.S.

The undergraduate SCM program is one of the best in the nation based on program scope, internship and co-op participation, and observed value by industry, according to a Gartner study. 

August 13,  2014

By Elaine Cole

The Neeley School of Business at TCU’s undergraduate supply chain management program jumped six places in a recent study by Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.

Gartner looked at how leading universities are educating students to be next-generation leaders in supply chain management careers, skilled at synchronization across functions.

Since the last study in 2011, four major points arose from Gartner’s research:

  1. Supply chain curricula have broadened to reflect the reality of today’s supply chain organizations.
  2. More students are being exposed to internships, co-ops and more applied project work —often for sponsoring companies — in the classroom.
  3. Enrollment in SCM programs has increased.
  4. Salaries are up 10 percent since 2011.Top students from top programs can command a 50% premium over the average and, in many programs, new supply chain graduates handily out-earn finance and accounting majors.

“Gartner’s ranking is heavily driven by industry ratings of the quality of the program, so it is affirming to know that employers appreciate the quality of the students that we are producing,” said Morgan Swink, executive director of the Supply and Value Chain Center and the Eunice and James L. West Chair of Supply Chain Management.

Data is gathered through surveys and interviews of industry and academia, and ranked based on industry value (40 percent), program scope (40 percent) and program size (20 percent).

Industry value is based on schools on which SCM recruitment efforts are focused, the program is viewed as the best by industry, and the average starting salaries for student graduating from the program are highly competitive.

Program scope is based in 12 stations in Gartner’s Supply Chain Talent Attribute Model—one foundational, six functional, four enabling and one cross-functional—to reflect the expanding breadth of capabilities that are found in a modern, high-performing supply chain organization.

Program size is based on the number of full-time students and professors.

“Organizations need integrated, end-to-end thinkers in supply chain management. As one of the few schools to offer supply chain degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the Neeley School provides just that sort of talent," Jeff Stratman, professor of supply chain management and chair of the SCM department, said. “Our students know the competitive advantages that companies can design into their supply chains because they understand how the various and diverse aspects of supply chain can be leveraged. And they have the strategies to effectively communicate and work through alternative actions with stakeholders.”

TCU supply chain management undergraduate students get instruction from professors recognized as top scholars, and put that classroom knowledge to the test in internships, consulting projects, competitions, career forums, world study tours and the Student Executive Program, an intensive, two-semester program that puts top SCM student in the workplace to research and consult on vital projects.