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GWSB International Program Jumps to No. 7 in U.S. News

The international business program for undergraduates at The George Washington University School of Business has jumped to the No. 7 spot in the 2011 “Best Colleges” rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

Last year, U.S. News put the program in 16th place in the United States.

“The consistent recognition of the GW School of Business international program as one of the best in the nation and in the world demonstrates our students’ readiness to lead in today’s global economy,” said Dean Doug Guthrie, who is also a professor of management and a professor of international business. “We are building our reputation by educating a generation of students who understand the connections between worldwide economic, political and social forces.”

The magazine also ranked the School’s overall undergraduate program as 34th in the nation, up from 38th in 2010.

U.S. News & World Report rankings for undergraduate programs are based on a survey of deans and senior faculty at undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.To view the rankings, visit

“We are pleased to be recognized for our high academic standards and the global perspective our students gain while at GW,” said Lawrence Singleton, GWSB associate dean for undergraduate programs. 

CIBER Grant Renewed

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.5 million grant to GWSB’s Center for International Business Education and Research (GW-CIBER), continuing a federal commitment to the center. The grant, a renewal, runs through 2014.

“We look forward to continuing our mission to serve as a national resource for issues of critical importance to international business,” said GW-CIBER Director Jennifer Spencer.

GW-CIBER also announced that it had completed its third Summer Doctoral Institute for research and study on institutions and development. The program, launched in 2008, gives leading doctoral students in the United States an opportunity to conduct research in collaboration with GW faculty experts.

Both doctoral and faculty participants are recruited from a range of fields, including business, economics, political science, public administration and international relations. The students live together for two months at GW to promote interaction and to develop a scholarly community. Through the institute, GW-CIBER aims to inspire career-long inquiries into research on institutions and development, as well as to give doctoral students the skills to incorporate these studies into the courses they teach. Information on the program is found

GW-CIBER, created in 2006, is one of 33 CIBERs around the country that work to make U.S. businesses more competitive globally by supporting research, education and outreach programs to advance international business education.

Study Finds Republicans More Agile with Social Media

Republican senators have sharper social media skills than Democrats, according to a study by GWSB Dean Doug Guthrie and NYU Stern Professor of Marketing Scott Galloway.

Guthrie and Galloway evaluated and ranked the “Digital IQ”— or online competence, including the use of Websites and social media—of 100 U.S. senators. The study, “Digital IQ Index: U.S. Senate,” found that Republican senators are savvier online and are acquiring Facebook “likes” and Twitter “followers,” at a greater rate than their Democratic counterparts. Facebook “likes” are a way of showing approval of posted content on the social networking Website and Twitter followers denote people who follow a person’s online activity.

“This study underscores the reality that social media is not a toy, and that digital literacy and agility are powerful tools in today’s business and political arenas,” said Guthrie. “It appears that U.S. senators are making their comprehension of the social media realm a priority and are using it as a way to engage prospective voters and mobilize grassroots efforts.”