Integrated supply management program ranks No. 5 in undergrad education

contact: Stacey Markin
| WMU News
Photo of ISM student consultant.

ISM students work as consultants through the Bronco Force program.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University’s integrated supply management program recently ranked fifth for undergraduate education on a listing of the top 100 universities for supply chain education, produced by SCM World, a cross-industry learning community powered by the world’s most influential supply chain practitioners.

About the rankings

The program received a No. 7 overall ranking. Notably, the curriculum ranked No. 2 in the industrial sector. According to survey administrators, “Having secured a top five ranking for its undergraduate supply chain program, Western Michigan demonstrates a solid commitment to cross-functional education. Especially among industrials, this program scores well.” 

Additionally, the program was ranked No. 5 for its preparation of professionals in management and No. 2 in purchasing and procurement. The survey respondents were able to select from among 190 university and college options on the poll and were given the option to specify other universities or business schools not available in the pre-populated list. Respondents were supply chain professionals in a variety of industries.

"This recognition for multiple areas of our program underscores the quality that we offer in our curriculum and how we prepare supply chain professionals to be leaders in multiple industries," says Dr. Robert Reck, professor of marketing and director of the Center for Integrated Supply Management.

The SCM World recognition places WMU in an elite circle of top supply chain programs and is another in a long string of accolades for the program, including a No. 5 ranking from Gartner and a No. 2 ranking for emphasis on technology in the curriculum by Software Advice

ISM's unique combination of supply chain management, engineering, information technology, logistics and business education prepares graduates for challenging and high-paying careers. The program includes many experiential learning opportunities such as special projects courses, internships and Bronco Force, a student and faculty consultancy, which gives students experience in business consulting with companies on their supply chain challenges.

Visit talentlive.scmworld.com/top-100-universities for a full report of survey results.

For more information about the Center for Integrated Supply Management, visit: wmich.edu/supplychaincenter.

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