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Waynesburg University ranked in the top 100 nationwide in The Economist’s recently released, first-ever college rankings, which measured four-year, non-vocational American colleges based on alumni earnings above expectation.

“Consistently ranked as a top school within systems analyzing value, Waynesburg University has emerged as a national leader in this category,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee.

According to The Economist, Waynesburg University graduates earn an average of $5,214 more than expected, a figure which places the University in the 92nd percentile of colleges and universities nationwide. The University ranked No. 94 out of the 1,275 schools analyzed.

As described by The Economist, their rankings are based on the premise that “the economic value of a university is equal to the gap between how much money its students subsequently earn, and how much they might have made had they studied elsewhere.”

To compile their ranking, The Economist analyzed information from the U.S. Department of Education’s college scorecard, including SAT scores, sex ratio, race breakdown, college size, whether a university was public or private and the mix of subjects that students chose to study. Other information ranged from the religious affiliation of a college to the wealth of the state and prevailing wages in the city where the school is located.

In recent weeks, Waynesburg has also been recognized by the Brookings Institution and CollegeNET.

Brookings scored institutions of higher education based on the value the colleges added to student outcomes, ranking Waynesburg University higher than 92 percent of 1,666 four-year colleges analyzed.

CollegeNET’s national Social Mobility Index rates schools based on how well they help students improve their economic status. Ranked at No. 66, Waynesburg University was the only school in Pennsylvania to break the top 100 on the national list.

For more information on these rankings, visit www.waynesburg.edu/ranking

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

 

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The Brookings Institution recently scored institutions of higher education based on the value the colleges added to student outcomes, ranking Waynesburg University higher than 92 percent of 1,666 four-year colleges analyzed nationwide.

The nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions measured the value colleges add to student outcomes, irrespective of student characteristics, based on the earnings of alumni. As Brookings describes on their website, value-added measures provide a more equal way to compare colleges and attempt to isolate the contribution of a college to student outcomes.

“We take pride in yet another national distinction that highlights the value of a Waynesburg University education,” said Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee. “Our students are being challenged on a daily basis, gaining skills that they are successfully employing in the workforce.”

The research builds upon the Obama administration’s new College Scorecard database that produced value-added rankings for 3,173 colleges (1,507 two-year colleges and 1,666 four-year colleges). According to Brookings, the College Scorecard database “represents a substantial improvement in data quality and transparency in higher education.”

Brookings analyzed criteria including curriculum value, STEM orientation and completion rates.

This recognition follows Waynesburg’s recent ranking in the top 100 of a national Social Mobility Index (SMI) by CollegeNET, which rates schools based on how well they help students improve their economic status. Ranked at No. 66, Waynesburg University was the only school in Pennsylvania to break the top 100 on the national list. 

Additionally, The Economist recently released their first-ever college rankings, which measured 1,275 colleges and universities based on how much graduates actually earn verses their projected earnings. Waynesburg ranked in the top 100 nationwide.

For more information on these rankings, visit www.waynesburg.edu/ranking

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ETC-Rankings-Logo-2015-RGB--to-408-top-College-sm.jpgWaynesburg 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 in the top third 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.

The ETC Index analyzes the quality of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market. The rankings results are determined by which schools did the best job of improving the earnings and attainment of quality employment of their students, according to a description of the index on the group's website.

The full ETC College Ranking Index can be found at www.educatetocareer.org.

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