William Jewell College has been named to Forbes magazine’s annual list of “America’s Best Colleges.”
In partnership with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Forbes has issued its third annual ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.” In this report, the CCAP ranks 610 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide, the experience of students and how much they achieve.
William Jewell was ranked in the number 157 slot out of 610 institutions, up from number 317 in last year’s rankings. “Whether they’re in the top 10 or near the end of the list, all 610 schools in this ranking count among the best in the country,” wrote Forbes editor David Ewalt. “We review just 9% of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions in the U.S., so appearing on our list at all is an indication that a school meets a high standard.”
The CCAP staff gathered data from a variety of sources. Student satisfaction was measured by compiling student evaluations from the RateMyProfessor.com website, along with freshman-to-sophomore retention rates and student evaluations from the MyPlan.com website. Postgraduate success rankings were culled from the salaries of alumni reported to the Payscale.com website, along with listings of alumni in Who’s Who in America and alumni appearing in Forbes/CCAP Corporate Officers listings.
Student debt was considered based on the four-year debt load for the typical student borrower and student loan default rates. The rankings were rounded out by comparing institutions’ four-year graduation rates, along with consideration of student achievements as measured by student success in receiving nationally competitive awards.
“The Forbes ranking is designed to meet the needs of undergraduate students,” Ewalt wrote. “It attempts to help them evaluate things that many believe are important criteria when selecting a college: Do students enjoy their classes and overall academic experience? Do graduates succeed well in their occupations after college? Do most students graduate in a timely fashion, typically four years? Do students incur massive debts while in schools? Do students succeed in distinguishing themselves academically?”
William Jewell was recently named to the 2011 edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best 373 Colleges, and was named among the nation’s top 50 liberal arts colleges for future earning potential of its graduates by the Payscale employee compensation database.
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