College ranks No. 2 in world for supply chain program


WMU Grand Rapids’ downtown location is one of the Kalamazoo-based school’s eight regional locations across the state. Photo via

A college in the region is ranked No. 2 in the world for its supply chain program.

Western Michigan University said yesterday that SCM World — a cross-industry learning community of worldwide supply chain practitioners — ranks its integrated supply management, or ISM, program second out of the top 100 universities worldwide for supply chain talent.

Michigan State University’s Department of Supply Chain Management ranks first.

Other institutions in the ranking include Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, University of Michigan and more.

SCM World surveyed industry professionals to compile the ranking. Respondents selected from among 190 college options in the poll and were given the option to add other schools to the list.

“The ability to offer our students multiple experiences through projects, consulting and required internships allows them to gain experience in the areas that supply chain professionals most value,” said Robert Reck, director of the Center for Integrated Supply Management, WMU.

“We work hard to stay close to industry, listen to the needs of employers and adapt our curriculum to reflect the realities in the field. This ranking shows that our efforts are recognized and appreciated by hiring managers.”

The WMU ISM program has also received a No. 9 ranking from Gartner and a No. 2 ranking by Software Advice for its emphasis on technology in the curriculum.

Information about SCM World's report is available online.


Western Michigan University, founded in 1903, serves nearly 24,000 students from across the U.S. and 100 foreign countries.

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