A new college-ranking system claims to show schools’ value in raising graduates’ earnings, reports Ed Week.
The California nonprofit Educate to Career and the data company Job Search Intelligence created the ETC College Ranking Index. It analyzes entering students’ SAT or ACT scores and socioeconomic background, their total college costs and their labor market outcomes. Elite colleges that recruit affluent, high-scoring students don’t rank high because their graduates would have done well in any case.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tops the value list, followed by California State University-Los Angeles, the University of California-Merced and East Carolina University.
Some schools in the ETC’s top 10 have low graduation rates, but they make a difference for students who make it through.
Graduates’ earnings are a valid measure of college quality, argues Ben Miller on EdCentral.