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 students.

"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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