Gannon University Ranked Among the Best in America
Posted: October 8, 2015
Gannon University was named as one of the top 100 colleges and
universities in America in a new report by the Brookings
Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program.
The report, "Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to
Assessing Two and Four- Year Schools," provides fresh insight into
how well colleges prepare students for high-paying careers.
Gannon University was rated in a virtual tie with the University
of Pennsylvania and ahead of such prominent institutions as
Villanova University and Vanderbilt University.
The report is the first to develop measures of "value added" for
a broad array of two- and four- year colleges. To do so, it
analyzes data on economic outcomes for graduates of these
institutions, adjusting them for the characteristics of their
students at the time they are admitted, and other factors. The
resulting measures capture the contributions that the colleges
themselves make to their graduates' eventual economic success.
Compared to popular college rankings, the value-added method
focuses on how well colleges contribute to student economic
success, rather than simply their ability to attract top
"These college-specific data can be used to learn about,
evaluate, and improve college performance," said Brookings fellow
Jonathan Rothwell, who served as the report's co-author with senior
research assistant Siddharth Kulkarni. "Colleges serve very diverse
populations. The advantage of measuring value-added is that it
adjusts a school's rankings based on the type of college and the
characteristics of its student body."
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