July 31, 2017
Money Magazine has listed West Chester University among 711 of the nation's best-performing colleges, acknowledging the value the institution offers.
The magazine consulted with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and College Measures to determine education quality, financing, and value. The result is "a new, uniquely practical analysis" that used 27 factors in three equally weighted categories to evaluate the institutions:
Quality of education. Graduation rates and faculty-student ratio were several factors considered. For the first time, the researchers examined institutions' financial troubles (20% of the category score), reasoning that "financial difficulties can affect the quality of education, and a growing number of schools are facing funding challenges."
Affordability. The net price of a degree (30% of the category score) is "the estimated amount a typical freshman starting in 2017 will pay to earn a degree, taking into account the college's sticker price; how much the school awards in grants and scholarships; and the average time it takes students to graduate from the school, all as reported to the U.S. Department of Education." Debt and student loan repayment also figured in the score.
Outcomes. For the first time, the researchers took into account socio-economic mobility index (20% of the category score). "We included new data provided by the Equality of Opportunity Project that reveals the percentage of students each school moves from low-income backgrounds to upper-middle class jobs by the time the student is 34 years old." Other factors in the category included graduates' earnings (12.5%) as reported by alumni to PayScale.com; College Scorecard 10-year earnings (10%); and "the estimated market value of alumni's average job skills (10%). Based on a Brookings Institution methodology, we matched up data provided by LinkedIn of the top 25 skills reported by each school's alumni with Burning Glass Technologies data on the market value of each listed skill."
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