Western Michigan University is regularly included on U.S. News and World Report's list of the nation's top 100 public universities. In addition, the Princeton Review named WMU one of the Best Midwestern Colleges. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies WMU among the nation's fewer than 200 research universities. The Haworth College of Business is AACSB accredited and has one of the largest undergraduate business programs in the United States.
Ranked #12 in undergraduate education, the integrated supply management curriculum has been recognized nationally by several organizations and publications that praise the undergraduate program for its leadership in preparing students for careers in supply chain management. Purchasing magazine cites WMU’s program as "the curriculum for the 21st century because of its bold and innovative approach that provides students with backgrounds in both business and technical areas.”
Other distinctive program elements include:
- The ISM executive council comprised of business executives, which assist the program; the council includes representatives from numerous industries and many partner companies, including John Deere, Marathon, Whirlpool, Kellogg, Ford, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Texas Instruments, Kohler and more.
- ISM students belong to the largest active student APICS (The Association of Operations Management) chapter in the country; many students complete their APICS certifications while attending WMU. The student chapter regularly participates in case competitions and won first place (out of 17 schools) in the 2006 Region 14 APICS Case Competition and 2nd place in 2008.
- A intensive, three-day capstone course based on a training program – dubbed Try-Z – was developed by Nissan Motor for shop floor management training. Fourteen students must manufacture model cars; their task is to design a manufacturing process.
- The SAP ERP system is used extensively in two classes, including a dedicated class taught by Dr. Bret Wagner, a nationally recognized expert in ERP systems.
- Near perfect job placement with the highest average starting salary in the business college.
- Special topic courses provide students with the opportunity to learn about relevant topics—frequently from industry professionals. For example, Whirlpool teaches a negotiation training seminar.
- Faculty involved with the ISM program have published research in top-quality journals, including Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management and Transportation Journal.