Schools Ranked for Contribution to Public Good

The University of Scranton ranked No. 69 among “Master’s Universities” in the nation in a listing by Washington Monthly that seeks to assess a school’s contribution to the “public good” through its graduates’ achievements with “social mobility, research and service.”
September 19, 2017

The University of Scranton ranked among nation’s best for ‘social mobility, research and service’ of graduates by Washington Monthly in 2017 guidebook

The University of Scranton ranked No. 69 among the 632 master’s universities in the nation included in a 2017 listing that seeks to rate colleges based on their contribution to “social mobility, research and service” published in the September/October issue of Washington Monthly and online.

Scranton ranked even higher in the “research” index, at No. 38 the “Master’s University” category. The research score is based on each school’s research expenditure and the number of alumni earning Ph.D.s, relative to the size of the school.

Washington Monthly’s weighted equally the colleges’ research score along with its social mobility and service scores to calculate the overall ranking. The social mobility score is based on actual and predicted graduation rates: student loan repayment rates; actual verses predicted median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrollment; and the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants and the percentage of first generation college students, among other factors. The service score, also adjusted for the size of the school, is based on the size of the ROTC program; the number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps; and the percentage of federal work study grant money spent on community service projects.

In addition, Scranton ranked No. 152 among just 385 colleges in its category in the “Best Bang for the Buck” listing, also published by the magazine, that focused on the “social mobility” data used for the overall ranking.

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