The Mendoza College of Business MBA Program at the University of Notre Dame rose five spots to 24th in BusinessWeek magazines biennial survey of the top 30 business schools in the nation. The rankings are in the current issue of the magazine, available on newsstands Monday (Oct. 11).p. Notre Dames five-place jump in the rankings tied with Purdue and Georgetown Universities for the greatest improvement. Notre Dame was rated sixth in addressing ethical issues in business and ninth in its rapport with corporate recruiters.p. “As we celebrate this ranking result, it is important to step back and note our general attitude toward rankings,” said Carolyn Woo, Martin J. Gillen Dean of Business. “It isnt rankings that we strive for, but rather, our energies and actions are focused on the quality of our students, curriculum, teaching, research and services. Rankings are a reality, and they do provide valuable feedback. But our position is that if we aim for excellence, seek feedback, go through honest evaluation, and take actions to improve, rankings will follow.”p. Northwestern Universitys Kellogg School of Management was ranked first by BusinessWeek. In addition to Notre Dame and Purdue (No. 21), the state of Indiana also was represented by Indiana Universitys Kelley School of Business at 18th.p. The BusinessWeek survey consisted of 45 questions sent to 18,052 Class of 2004 MBA graduates from 94 schools worldwide. In addition, the magazine surveyed 223 companies that regularly hire MBA graduates and calculated each schools intellectual capital by evaluating the public reach of faculty members.p.