BW Scores Top National Ranking on New Outcomes-Based College Index

October 1, 2014

Baldwin Wallace University was named a "Top 100 College" on a national list recognizing value and return on investment. The new index applauds colleges and universities that improve earnings and quality employment for graduates.

A new outcomes-based college ranking system, EDUCATE TO CAREER, Inc. (ETC), places Baldwin Wallace among the top colleges and universities in the state and nation. BW is ranked 65th out of more than 1,200 U.S. schools analyzed for the 2015 ETC College Rankings Index, and third out of 50 Ohio institutions. The Index calculates real-world improvement in earnings and quality employment for graduates, relative to educational cost.

Nonprofit Rankings System Looks at ROI for Graduates

ETC, the California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that developed the new rankings system, says it “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” based on information supplied by from data partner, Job Search Intelligence (JSI). The resulting index presents a picture of return on investment (ROI).

"Students looking for a quality education, in majors that lead to successful career outcomes, now have actionable information as provided by our ETC College Rankings Index,” said Michael R. Havis, president and founder of Educate To Career. “The Index empirically determines the economic value added by each of the 1224 colleges ranked within our system."

Creating Winners Through Quality Education

While other rankings emphasize data like the test scores of incoming students, ETC says it is focused on the quality of the college education that happens once they are enrolled. “Our data show that many elite schools are more adept at selecting winners than they are in creating winners.”

According to ETC, colleges in the top 1/3 of the ETC Index, like BW, share the following characteristics:

  • A relatively high percentage of graduates will be employed in their field of study.
  • A majority of students will graduate in 4 or 5 years.
  • Earnings of graduates are relatively high.
  • Loan default rates are very low.