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Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s MBA Program Ranked #1 in Net Impact’s Student Guide to Graduate Business Programs

Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s MBA in Sustainable Business program was ranked #1 in Net Impact’s Student Guide to Graduate Business Programs.

Net Impact is an international organization of more than 10,000 business leaders, experts, entrepreneurs and students committed to using business to make a positive impact on our world. Students at each of 89 business schools, including 22 of the top 25 business schools as ranked by the Wall Street Journal, were surveyed on 20 questions.

In addition to its overall number one ranking, Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) took first place in 12 of the 20 categories.  Duke, Boston College and Case Western scored best on two of the twenty categories.  Harvard, Stanford, Darden, Cornell and seven others had top scores on one factor.  The remaining 80 schools had no first place finishes.

BGI was #1 in preparation for ethical and socially responsible leadership, #1 in environmental sustainability, #1 in corporate social responsibility, #1 in community development and #1 in student helpfulness. BGI was also # 1 in faculty support for Net Impact themes [social and environmental responsibility] in both the curriculum and in extracurricular activities, #1 in administrative support of Net Impact themes in both the curriculum and extracurricular activities, and again # 1 in student support for Net Impact themes in both the curriculum and extracurricular activities.

BGI was in the top ten finishers in 15 of the 20 questions. Duke’s Fuqua School and Simmons School of Management both scored in the top 10 on 14 questions, with Yale School of Management scoring in the top 10 on 13 questions.

“At BGI we thought we were the best; it is very satisfying to have it confirmed so strongly. First place in 12 out of 20 categories; it is almost hard to take in. We are so grateful to the staff, faculty and students who made it happen,” says BGI President and Cofounder, Gifford Pinchot.  “The larger story here is that bringing sustainability into the business curriculum is finally a rapidly growing movement. Big prestigious schools are joining the sustainable business education game. We launched BGI to trigger that transformation. It’s great to see the movement take hold. And it is particularly sweet given that, at least for now, we are still out ahead.”

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Written by John-Paul Maxfield

John-Paul Maxfield is the founder of Waste Farmers. Waste Farmers is a next generation sustainable agricultural company focused on helping humanity meet current and future food demands, while decreasing agriculture’s environmental footprint. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul founded the "The Inspired Economist", a blog focused on covering the people, places, ideas, and technologies inspiring positive change and redefining capitalism.
In addition, John-Paul served as an Associate a private equity group specializing in small to mid cap service companies. In this capacity he focused on planning, forecasting, budgeting, and performance evaluation of MBH and its designated subsidiaries. Prior to joining MBH, John-Paul was an Analyst with Alvarez and Marsal where he spent the majority of his time on a team that aided Louisiana’s Recovery School District with the restoration of public schools post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

John-Paul is active in the Colorado community, serving on the Board of the Rocky Mountain MS Center. In 2007 he was selected as one of the “Fifty for the Future” by the Colorado Statesman and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Impact Denver. John-Paul holds a BA from the University of Colorado.


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