Rankings & Distinctions
- 2015 U.S.News & World Report ranking of "America's Best Colleges" in the Regional Universities North category
- 2015 The Princeton Review's Guidebook of "Best 379 Colleges"
- 2014 FORBES list of "America's Best Colleges"
- 2014 Kiplinger's Personal Finance 2014 ranking of "best value" among 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges.
- 2014 U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" Top 10 ranking for the School of Library and Information Science. Simmons is the only library and information science school in New England to be ranked in this category, and the only small-to-midsize graduate program to make the top 10 list.
- 2014 The Princeton Review "295 Best Business Schools" No. 1 MBA program in the United States with the "Greatest Opportunity for Women"
- 2014 Top Tier MBA programs by CEO Magazine
- 2013 Top 100 Most Social Media Friendly MBA Schools by OnlineMBApage.com
- 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for student service learning and volunteer contributions to the community. The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service played a significant role in engaging more than 1,350 undergraduate and graduate students in approximately 230,000 hours of community service activities.
Women's Education & Leadership
Simmons President Helen Drinan has been recognized for her work on behalf of women's and girls' education and leadership. Recent awards include:
- Honoree, Women's Lunch Place (2014)
- Strong Women Strong Girls "Phenomenal Woman" (2014)
- Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Leading Woman (2013)
- Woman LEAD "Woman Who Leads in Academia and Inspires Others" (2013)
- Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Arts & Education (2012)
Teresa Nelson, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at the Simmons School of Management, is a member of the National Women's Business Council, a non-partisan federal advisory council that provides advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.
Susan Vinnicombe, Ph.D., an internationally renowned expert on women's leadership styles, women's careers, and expanding diversity on corporate boards, is the Simmons College Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership. She is a professor and director of the International Centre for Women Leaders at England's Cranfield School of Management.
The Simmons Leadership Conference is the preeminent and longest-running women's leadership forum in the country, annually attracting a global audience of 3,000 businesswomen. The conference has featured such notable speakers as Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Toni Morrison, Billie Jean King, Meg Whitman, and the late Benazir Bhutto.
- Fulbright Re-Entry & Leadership Seminar for 30 Fulbright Women Scholars from Latin America (March 2012)
- Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership, Women Changing the Face of Leadership Institute for 20 undergraduate women from Sub-Saharan Africa (June/July 2012)
- Fulbright Global Re-Entry & Leadership in Transition Seminar for 100 Fulbright Women Scholars from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Western Hemisphere, Southeast Asia, and South and Central Asia (April 2013)
- Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership, Women Changing the Face of Leadership Institute for 20 undergraduate women from Sub-Saharan Africa (June/July 2013)
- "Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development," in partnership with Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges (May 2014)
- Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Women's Leadership, Women Changing the Face of Leadership Institute for 20 undergraduate women from Sub-Saharan Africa (June/July 2014)
The Simmons School of Management has offered the Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative for seven consecutive years. This four-week program is designed to train and empower Japanese women to become leaders for social change in Japan.
The Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) at the Simmons School of Management is an international resource on ways to improve organizational effectiveness by strengthening gender equity and diversity in the workplace. CGO provides research and consulting services related to gender equity and change, globalization, leaderships, and diversity in the U.S. and abroad.
Simmons College is the Boston partner for 2020 Women on Boards — a national campaign to increase the presence of women on U.S. corporate boards to 20 percent or greater by 2020. As part of the collaborative, Simmons hosted its second annual 2020 Women on Boards event on 11/12/13, one of several held around the country, to discuss gender diversity in U.S. corporate boardrooms.
The City of Boston and the Simmons School of Management have a public/private partnership in support of the Boston Women's Workforce Council. The Council's aims to work with businesses in Greater Boston to eliminate the gender wage gap, remove the visible and invisible barriers to women's advancement, and ensure that 100% of the talent pool is used to make Boston the best area in the country for working women. Simmons School of Management Dean Cathy Minehan chairs the Council.
Simmons College began the first Vision 2020 college chapter in the United States, in 2012. The organization is committed to achieving women's economic and social equality by 2020. Renee White, dean of the College of Arts & Science, is a member of the Vision 2020 Leadership Circle.
- Education Department Chair and Professor Paul Abraham, Ed.D., received a Fulbright Grant to participate in the spring 2013 Fulbright English Language Specialist Program (ESLP) in Vietnam. Abraham spent a month at the University of Dong Thap working with English faculty and language majors to improve English language proficiency throughout the country.
- Nanette Veilleux, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science and Informatics, received a Fulbright Grant to teach computer engineering at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Rwanda, in fall 2013.
- Kirk Beattie, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Political Science & International Relations Department, received a Fulbright Grant, to examine the impact that different educational tracks have on Egyptian students' later political involvement during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Faculty Awards & Recognition
- In 2014, English Professor Afaa Michael Weaver received the prestigious 2014 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, worth $100,000 for his book "Government of Nature" (University of Pittsburg Press). The annual award is one of the largest monetary poetry prizes in the United States.
- Social Work Professor Hugo Kamya, M.Div, M.S.W., Ph.D., received the "Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education" Award by The National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter (NASW-MA) in 2014.
- Nutrition Professor Teresa Fung, Sc.D., R.D., was a member of an invited panel of health experts selected to develop the U.S.News & World Report's 2014 Best Diets rankings.
- Eileen Abels, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Library and Information Science, is the immediate past president of the Association for the Library and Information Science (ALISE), a national forum for library educators to share ideas, discuss issues, and seek solutions to commons problems in the field. Dr. Abels also is president of the Beta Phi Mui, serving in the 2014-2015 academic year.
- Judy Beal, DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, was inducted in 2012 as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing — the highest honor that a nurse can receive. Beal also was elected as secretary of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
- Camila A. Alire, Ph.D., professor of practice in the Managerial Leadership Ph.D. program at the School of Library and Information Science, was appointed by President Barack Obama in January 2013 to the National Council on the Humanities.
- School of Management Dean Cathy Minehan received the Leadership in Corporate Governance award in 2013 from the National Association of Corporate Directors, New England Chapter (NACDNE).