FT Executive Education Rankings 2020: methodology and key

Jannie Delucca

This is the 22nd version of the Monetary Moments rankings of the world’s foremost companies of customised and open-enrolment government schooling programmes.

The customised ranking functions the top 85 business enterprise faculties — these are classes customized to the instruction needs of the organisations that fee them. The next ranking includes the top seventy five faculties for open-enrolment programmes — classes on unique subject areas, such as leadership, that are directed in the direction of experts irrespective of their employer. A 3rd, mixed ranking lists the top fifty faculties for government schooling, calculated from the customised and open tables.

Faculties using part need to be internationally accredited by either Equis or AACSB and have gained revenues of at least $2m in 2019 from either their customised or open-enrolment non-diploma programmes. This year, a overall of 107 faculties took part in either or both of those rankings.

The ranking of customised course companies is compiled applying data from the business enterprise faculties and their company customers in 2019. Each faculty need to nominate a minimum of 20 customers. At least 5 of them need to comprehensive the FT study for a faculty to be suitable for the closing ranking.

The FT study was accomplished by 1,a hundred thirty five business enterprise faculty customers this 12 months — a response price of 56 per cent. Each rated their programme on a 10-level scale according to a array of indicators. Their responses directly advise the first 10 of the ranking’s standards, from course design and style to comply with-up and foreseeable future use, which account for a mixed 80 per cent of the ranking’s fat.

Customer responses are weighted according to programme sort. Clients choose just one of a few alternatives to categorise their programme: strategic (shipped to top management and developed to impact a company’s way) standard (shipped to management on operational elements of a company) or useful (similar to a unique operate, such as promoting). Strategic programmes have the major weighting and hence the biggest impression on the ranking.

Responses are also weighted according to the seniority of the individual dependable for specifying the course, the dimensions of the shopper organisation and the amount of faculties with which that shopper has commissioned customised classes in the earlier a few yrs.

The final 5 standards are calculated from information and facts offered by faculties on worldwide customers, abroad programmes, expansion, partner faculties and school diversity.

The open-enrolment ranking is compiled applying data from course companies and people who accomplished their nominated management programmes in 2019. Faculties post one or two standard classes of at least a few days in size and just one or two superior classes of at least 5 days. At least 20 per cent of these programmes’ individuals need to comprehensive the FT study, with a minimum of 20 accomplished surveys, for a faculty to be regarded as in the closing ranking.

A overall of 5,480 individuals answered this year’s open programme study — a response price of 37 per cent — score aspects of their course on a 10-level scale. Responses by superior and standard-amount individuals are mixed to work out the first 10 ranking standards.

These standards, which involve the quality of the individuals, of the teaching and the relevance of the expertise they gained, advise 80 per cent of the ranking. College data are applied to work out the remaining standards on woman and worldwide individuals, expansion, worldwide location and partner faculties.

For both of those rankings, information and facts gathered in the previous two yrs is applied, in which offered, to work out standards knowledgeable by shopper and participant responses. If a faculty has participated for the earlier a few yrs, the weighting is forty:33:27, with 2020 data counting for forty per cent. If two yrs of information and facts is offered, the weighting is fifty five:forty five, with 2020 data accounting for fifty five per cent.

The weightings accorded to the first nine and 10 standards in the customised and open rankings, respectively, are determined by the amount of value customers and individuals attach to every single in their surveys for the 2020 ranking. Weightings for these standards hence range a bit from 12 months to 12 months.

Faculties that attribute in both of those rankings are suitable for the mixed overall ranking. The top fifty faculties are calculated according to an equal weighting of the overall scores obtained in both of those rankings, instead than an typical of ranking positions.

Judith Pizer of Pizer-MacMillan acted as the FT’s database expert

Critical: Customised-enrolment programme

(weights for ranking standards are proven in brackets as a percentage of the overall ranking)

The first 10 standards, up to and including “Future use”, are centered on data from the businesses that commissioned government classes.

The following 5 are centered on data claimed by business enterprise faculties. Faculties are rated for every single of these standards. The final class, “Total responses‡”, is for information and facts only and does not advise the ranking.

Figures in brackets display the fat every single criterion contributes to the overall ranking. The weighting accorded to the first nine standards, from planning to benefit for dollars, accounts for 80 per cent of the overall ranking’s fat. It is determined by the level of value that customers attach to every single.

Planning (eight.3): amount of interaction in between shopper and faculty, the extent to which clients’ suggestions were being built-in into the programme, and the performance of the faculty in integrating its latest analysis.

Programme design and style (eight.4): adaptability of the course and the willingness of faculties to enhance their school with exterior professionals.

Educating solutions and materials (seven.nine): extent to which teaching solutions and materials were being modern and ideal, and included a suited blend of academic rigour and realistic relevance.

School (eight.4): top quality of teaching and the extent to which teaching staff worked together to present a coherent programme.

New expertise and mastering (eight.3): relevance of expertise gained to the place of work, the relieve with which they were being applied, and the extent to which the course encouraged new strategies of thinking.

Abide by-up (seven.3): extent and performance of comply with-up offered after the course individuals returned to their workplaces.

Aims obtained (eight.4): extent to which academic and business enterprise anticipations were being satisfied, and the top quality of comments from individual individuals to course commissioners.

Amenities (seven.4): score of the mastering environment’s top quality and benefit, and of supporting resources and facilities.

Worth for dollars (seven.seven): clients’ score of the programme’s design and style, teaching and materials in terms of benefit for dollars.

Foreseeable future use (eight.): chance that customers would reuse the very same faculty for other customised programmes in the foreseeable future, and irrespective of whether they would recommission the very same programme.

International customers (5.): centered on the percentage of customers with headquarters exterior the business enterprise school’s base country and region.

Abroad programmes (two.): worldwide attain of the school’s customised programme teaching.

Development (5.): centered on the overall expansion in revenues from customised programmes as well as the expansion in revenues from repeat business enterprise.

Associate faculties (3.): amount and top quality of programmes created or taught in conjunction with other Equis or Affiliation to Progress Collegiate Faculties of Business (AACSB) accredited business enterprise faculties.

School diversity (5.): diversity of faculty school according to citizenship and gender.

Full responses: amount of individual surveys accomplished by the school’s customers. Figures in brackets point out the amount of yrs of study data counted in the direction of the ranking.

Critical: Open up-enrolment programme

(weights for ranking standards are proven in brackets as a percentage of the overall ranking)

The first 10 standards are centered on data from programme individuals the following 6 are centered on data submitted by the business enterprise faculties. Ranks are proven for every single of these standards, aside from “Female participants”, which demonstrates the percentage. Figures in brackets display the fat every single criterion contributes to the overall ranking. The weighting accorded to the first 10 standards, from planning to facilities, accounts for 80 per cent of the overall ranking’s fat. It is determined by the amount of value that individuals attach to every single.

Planning (seven.seven): provision of superior information and facts on programme material, and the participant selection course of action.

Program design and style (eight.6): adaptability of the course and appropriateness of class dimensions, composition and design and style.

Educating solutions and materials (eight.3): extent to which teaching solutions and materials were being modern and ideal, and included a suited blend of academic rigour and realistic relevance.

School (eight.seven): top quality of the teaching and the extent to which teaching staff worked together to present a coherent programme.

Good quality of individuals (seven.nine): extent to which other individuals were being of the ideal managerial and academic normal, the worldwide diversity of individuals and the top quality of interaction among the peers.

New expertise and mastering (eight.seven): relevance of expertise gained to the place of work, the relieve with which they were being applied, and the extent to which the course inspired new strategies of thinking.

Abide by-up (seven.3): amount of comply with-up offered after individuals returned to their workplaces, and networking possibilities with fellow individuals.

Aims obtained (eight.4): extent to which individual and specialist anticipations were being satisfied, and the chance that individuals would advocate the programme.

Foods and accommodation (6.eight): score of the top quality of meals and accommodation.

Amenities (seven.6): score of the mastering environment’s top quality and benefit, and of supporting resources and facilities.

Feminine individuals (two.): percentage of woman course individuals.

International individuals (3.): centered on the percentage of individuals from exterior the business enterprise school’s base country and region.

International location (two.): extent to which programmes are run exterior the school’s base country and region.

Development (5.): centered on the overall expansion in revenues from open programmes as well as the expansion in revenues from repeat business enterprise.

Associate faculties (3.): amount and top quality of programmes taught in conjunction with other Equis or AACSB accredited business enterprise faculties.

School diversity (5.): diversity of faculty school according to citizenship and gender.

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