Professors at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business placed No. 1 in the world for "faculty quality" in The Economist's 2016 full-time MBA rankings, marking the third consecutive year atop the category. Prior to the current run, the school finished No. 2 for faculty quality in 2013. Overall, the Smith School finished No. 47 globally and No. 32 in the United States in the latest rankings, released Oct. 13.
The Economist uses three metrics to gauge faculty quality: student ratings, faculty-to-student ratio and percentage of full-time faculty with PhDs. Other faculty ranking systems also consider the strength and frequency of academic publication, another area of strength for the Smith School. The University of Texas at Dallas, for example, puts the Smith School at No. 17 worldwide in a four-year rolling average updated most recently on Jan. 17, 2016.
The Economist's methodology for its overall MBA ranking includes student and alumni surveys measuring career opportunity, personal development and the educational experience. The ranking also considers increase in salary and potential to network.