Biz Briefs: The Best in Class

Business-school rankings often address how much graduates earn. But two nonprofits, the World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute, assess M.B.A. programs by their commitment to social responsibility instead. Here are some of the progressive schools that ranked highest this year. See for the full list.

•STANFORD UNIVERSITY The survey's top-rated school offers 30 elective courses on topics like environmental sustainability and ethics, and integrates those subjects into the core curriculum. "Social responsibility is increasingly a concern for corporations, and understanding that is important for M.B.A. students," says Professor John McMillan, who teaches a course on international development....

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