Illinois State’s M.B.A. program has been ranked among the top 100 programs for preparing students for social, ethical, and environmental stewardship in business. The University was slotted 32nd by the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education in its independent, biennial M.B.A. rankings.

The institute’s 2011-2012 Beyond Grey Pinstripes Global 100 MBA Ranking is based on a survey that measures how well schools are preparing students for the environmental, social, and ethical complexities of modern-day business.

The Aspen Institute found that many schools are adapting their curricula to focus on responsible business practices. ISU’s M.B.A. curriculum engages students in critical thinking, ethics, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and leadership issues.

“Both the broad business community and society at large are demanding higher standards of corporate citizenship and transparency in governance,” ISU College of Business Dean Scott Johnson said. “Demands are also increasing for sustainable stewardship of resources. We embrace these trends and recognize the important awareness the Aspen Institute rankings are bringing to an emerging and enlightened new methodology of valuing M.B.A. programs throughout the world.”