Rankings & Profiles
FAQ: Executive Education Rankings
Updates question on the number of programs listed in the magazine and deletes question on letter grades for open enrollment.
Answers to your burning questions about Bloomberg Businessweek‘s ranking of executive education programs
When is the Executive Education ranking published?
The Executive Education ranking is published in November in odd-numbered years, at the same time as the Executive MBA ranking and Part-Time MBA rankings.
How does Bloomberg Businessweek determine who is eligible for rankings?
We look at a number of different statistics including, but not limited to, age of the Executive Education program, number of companies served, and revenue.
If a program has never been ranked before, how can it be considered for ranking?
The program’s representative should send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org in January of the ranking year. We’ll request some information about your program and determine eligibility based on that. The information requested is outlined above (see: “How does Bloomberg Businessweek determine who is eligible for rankings?”) Please do not send requests for inclusion before Jan. 1 of the ranking year.
What sources of data does Bloomberg Businessweek use to rank Executive Education programs?
The ranking is based on an online survey of corporate executive education clients.
When do each of the surveys get distributed? How long are they available for completion?
The survey is distributed in early June and is open for about three months.
How is the survey conducted?
The survey of executive education clients is conducted online. Starting with e-mail addresses supplied by the providers being ranked, Bloomberg Businessweek creates a list of companies sending participants to those programs and attempts to identify a single high-level executive education contact at each company to be surveyed. If a high-level contact cannot be identified, that company will not be surveyed.
Bloomberg Businessweek, with the help of Cambria Consulting, contacts the companies and directs them to a survey site where they can complete the survey. Bloomberg Businessweek will send out several reminders to ensure an adequate response rate. The survey asks clients to rank providers they’re familiar with in two categories: open enrollment programs and custom programs.
How is the custom ranking determined?
First, we calculate a total score for each provider. Every No. 1 ranking by a survey respondent is worth 10 points, every No. 2 ranking is worth nine points, every No. 3 ranking is worth eight points, and so on. The total score for each provider is multiplied by the number of companies ranking it and divided by the number of companies that indicated familiarity with it. That number then forms the basis for the ranking.
How is the open-enrollment ranking determined?
The same way.
Do schools ever get dropped from the rankings? If so, why?
Yes. If the provider is not mentioned by more than 10 companies it is dropped from consideration for the current ranking year. There is no other minimum response rate for the survey.
Why do you only rank ten Executive Education programs in each category in the magazine?
Space constraints in the magazine prevent us from listing more than ten open enrollment programs and ten custom programs in most years.
What role, if any, do the providers play in the company survey, beyond providing e-mail addresses for clients?
The providers have no other role in the rankings. However, they do complete surveys of their own to provide statistical data. That data is then used to create an online profile for each program that appears on Businessweek.com.
The surveys are prepared by Bloomberg Businessweek. The providers, while they may give input from time to time, do not decide which questions to ask or how to ask them. This is necessary to maintain the integrity and independence of the ranking process. The survey is not made available to providers.
Is the data collected from the schools for the online statistical profiles used in the ranking?
What happens if a school doesn’t fill out the survey for the statistical profile by the deadline?
The profile will not be created. If a provider chooses to partially complete the survey those questions left unanswered will be filled in with NAs.