Waynesburg University again ranks high for degree value, employment outcomes
Waynesburg University has been ranked a top value college in an outcome-based college rankings index compiled by Educate To Career (ETC) for the second consecutive year.
The University ranked No. 104 out of the 1,224 schools listed in the nationwide ETC College Rankings Index for 2015. Included in the ranking are more than 1,200 accredited four-year colleges with annual enrollments greater than 1,000 students, representing 94 percent of all students enrolled in four-year colleges.
“We feel that the colleges scoring in the top one-third of our index, number 1 through number 408, are doing a very good job on behalf of their students,” said Michael R. Havis, ETC president and founder.
According to ETC, colleges in the top third of the ETC Index have a relatively high percentage of graduates employed in their field of study and the earnings of graduates are relatively high. In addition, a majority of students graduate in four or five years and loan default rates are very low.
“The ETC College Rankings Index measures the improvement in employability and earnings that a particular college brings to its graduates, relative to students similarly situated at other colleges,” said Havis. “Students and parents are focused on the value added by going to a particular college and pursuing a specific area of study.”
Waynesburg University’s career path analysis report states that 97 percent of 2013 graduates reported working full-time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation. Additionally, according to the federal government's College Scorecard, the loan default rate for Waynesburg graduates is 4.5 percent, which is substantially lower than the national average of 14.7 percent.
University graduates achieve 97 percent placement rate
Within one year of graduation, 97 percent of Waynesburg University alumni reported working full-time or attending graduate school.
The University’s Career Services and Placement Office recently released its graduate career path analysis, detailing that the 97 percent placement rate is reflective of a 77 percent response rate.
“I think if we’ve got basically three-quarters of students that we have data on and that the vast majority of them are on their career path, it says that we’re doing a good job of preparing them to go where they want to be,” said Mary Cummings, vice president for student services.
The University encourages and often requires internships as an important component of academic development. This enables students to gain experience in a real world setting before graduation, making them more attractive on the job market. Students also benefit from an immersive educational experience where hands-on learning is made possible by state-of-the art facilities and mentorship from professors.
Commitment to service lands University on Community Service Honor Roll for sixth consecutive year
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently notified Waynesburg University of its selection to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the University’s sixth consecutive year receiving the honor.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. CNCS is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.
“Congratulations to Waynesburg University, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.” More
Waynesburg University named one of 25 most beautiful Christian universities
Waynesburg University has been selected as one of the most beautiful Christian colleges in America for 2013 by the editors of ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org.
According to the editors, the list was put together as an aid for prospective students looking for a Christian school where their quest for truth will be enhanced by truly beautiful surroundings. All of the schools included on the list are members or affiliates of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Spanning 70 acres, the University’s historic campus is nestled in the foothills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. More