By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Another organization that ranks four-year colleges and universities according to the outcomes of their graduates has placed Cal State San Bernardino at No. 7 among 1,222 higher education institutions in the United States.
The new ranking, called the ETC College Rankings Index, was compiled by Educate to Career, Inc., a California-based nonprofit research organization.
“The index empirically determines the economic value added by each of the more than 1,200 colleges ranked within our system,” said Educate to Career founder Michael R. Havis. “We calculate the improvement in earnings and employability of persons who attended specific colleges, relative to persons who are similarly situated in other colleges.”
Using the similar idea of how well students do after they graduate, MONEY magazine, in its “Best Colleges” rankings published July 28, placed CSUSB No. 12 on its list of “The 25 Colleges That Add the Most Value.”
“The ETC College Rankings Index, and others like it, show prospective and current students – and our alumni – the quality and value of a degree from CSUSB,” said Tomás Morales, president of the university. “It also recognizes the hard work our faculty, administrators and staff do to ensure the university’s goal of transforming the lives of our students.”
According to the Educate to Careers website, the 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.”
In the top 10, the ETC Index placed the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at No. 1, followed by California State University, Los Angeles at No. 2. Cal State San Bernardino was the next CSU campus on the list at No. 7, and Cal State Bakersfield was listed at No. 9. Among the University of California campuses, UC Merced was No. 3, with UC Riverside at No. 5, followed by UC Irvine at No. 6.
“Not so surprisingly, local public colleges tend to offer the best value in a college education based on our criteria,” Havis said.
For the complete ranking and more information, visit the Educate to Career website at www.educatetocareer.org.
The ETC Rankings Index and the MONEY magazine listings are the latest in which CSUSB was recognized nationally. In April, Time Magazine listed the university 37th using criteria that measured graduation rates, tuition and the percentage of students who receive Pell Grants from 2,500 institutions of higher learning.