Industry professionals invited to rank Wayne State among top supply chain programs

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February 06, 2018
The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business Global Supply Chain Management program is vying for a position among the nation's top supply chain programs as part of the Gartner Research survey. Industry professionals invited to rank Wayne State among top supply chain programs now through Feb. 12. 

The industry survey is one key input to Gartner’s semiannual rankings of supply chain university programs. It aims to capture not only which supply chain university programs have the best reputations, but also which programs industry is recruiting from most heavily. Supply chain professionals in the commercial, government and non-profit sectors outside of academia are eligible to vote, and all respondents will receive copies of the rankings reports when they publish in May. 

Facts about the Ilitch School's Global Supply Chain Management program:
  • The faculty has grown to nine full-time professors. It continues to be one of the leading programs in the country in terms of the number of high-quality SCM industry adjunct faculty, including senior executives from companies like Lear, GM, FCA, Ford and more.
  • The faculty is turning out some of the leading SCM research in the country. Professors Sachin Modi and Tingting Yan are among the most published in high-end SCM academic journals in the country.
  • The school offers a large number of SCM courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In fact, Gartner Research has ranked us in the top 20 SCM programs for the comprehensive nature of the courses we offer, including new courses in production planning and control, risk management and manufacturing processes for buyers.
  • The undergraduate SCM major has grown to 483 students. More students graduate from the SCM program than any other major in the Ilitch School.
  • The job placement rate of Ilitch School SCM graduates is over 90 percent, with 70 percent of those in top auto industry positions.
  • The MBA concentration in SCM is now one of the largest in the country at 200 students, with very high levels of industry SCM experience among students.
  • In its first year, a new Executive Master of Science (MS) in Automotive SCM has 17 students enrolled.
  • The Ilitch School has an outstanding relationship with AIAG, including the Global Automotive Purchasing and Supply Chain Network for education initiatives and research.
  • The joint WSU/AIAG Auto Industry SCM Certificate Program is starting its fifth year on Feb. 15, 2018. Each year, about 30 employees from OEMs and leading Tier 1s, 2s and 3PLs make up the class.
  • The GM/Wayne State Auto Industry SCM Case Competition will be in its eighth year in 2018 and is the now the biggest SCM competition in the world, with 22 schools including teams from China, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico and Poland, along with top U.S. universities.
  • The Ilitch School is unique among university SCM programs in having created four SCM-oriented study abroad programs: China, Brazil, Central Europe and Italy. In addition, students can take the purchasing class in China with Wuhan University students, taught by the Ilitch School's Professor Yan. 
  • Students continue to win various competitions, scholarships and awards. For example, the school's team recently took second place in the Denver Case Competition.

Steven Townsend, Director of Marketing, (313) 577-0202