How much value do NC colleges add?

A new report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings outlines a novel way to evaluate colleges: by measuring value added. In “Beyond College Rankings,” two Brookings scholars attempt to isolate the effect of college on student outcomes, “above and beyond what students’ backgrounds would predict.”

Here’s how some of North Carolina’s universities stacked up (out of 100):

University Earnings Occupational Earnings Power Loan Repayment
Duke 95 86 99
NC State 82 96 79
Wake Forest 76 57 97
NC A&T 72 88 16
Davidson 67 89 90
NC Wesleyan 66 65 4
UNC Charlotte 53 80 88
UNC-Chapel Hill 46 65 92
Campbell 34 75 96
WSSU 31 26 12
NC Central 23 39 11
Meredith 21 35 49
WCU 20 35 41
Elon 16 5 90
ECU 14 25 75
UNC Greensboro 11 23 63
App State 7 25 80
UNC Asheville 7 37 45
FSU 6 32 9
UNC Wilmington 6 33 51
UNC Pembroke 3 11 25

See the whole list here.

Jenna A. Robinson

Jenna Ashley Robinson is the president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in Raleigh, NC.

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