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WIU Supply Chain Management Named Top 30 Program in the U.S.

April 11, 2019

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's Supply Chain Management (SCM) program was named a Top 30 Program in the United States by renowned supply chain scientist Muddassir Ahmed.

To make the designation, Ahmed said he considered various criteria, including overall return on investment, school reputation and tuition costs.

"Every program on the list is duly accredited to have successfully met an extensive review standard set by the governing regulatory body," said Ahmed. "Western Illinois University delivers an exceptional Supply Chain Management degree. The curriculum used allows the student to prepare for jobs in various leading SCM sectors. AACSB, a global accrediting body, fully accredits the program."

Western's SCM boasts a 95 percent job placement rate after graduation; hosts an annual SCM day, where students and more than 45 industry partners are connected; and offers many opportunities for resumé building with hands-on experience outside the classroom, including field trips to manufacturing plants and distribution centers, global professional conferences, study abroad opportunities, national and global case competitions, an SCM Student Association and a required internship.

"On behalf of the faculty within Western's SCM program, we have worked very hard to build a strong reputation for a high-quality program. This includes actively engaging our industry partners and providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum, as well as offering experiences outside the classroom to help develop our students into strong supply chain professionals," said Assistant Professor Honey Zimmerman. "We are all very passionate about what we are doing in the program. We are so proud of our students, and we appreciate the recognition as a Top 30 Program in the U.S., which will help us as we continuously recruit high school and community college students into supply chain management.

"This announcement as a Top 30 SCM Program in the U.S., which came as a pleasant surprise to us, has added to the momentum we are feeling right now with the recent announcement of the supply chain degree now available completely online," added Zimmerman. "The reputation we have developed wouldn't be possible without the commitment of the faculty and the outstanding support from the University, alumni and industry partners."

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