SUNY COBLESKILL RANKED AMONG “OVERPERFORMING” REGIONAL COLLEGES IN US NEWS

A new ranking by US News & World Report focused on predicted vs. actual graduation rates at colleges and universities lists SUNY Cobleskill among the Overperforming Regional Colleges in that regard.  The article reads: “Schools with an actual graduation rate that exceeds the predicted rate are seen as boosting student achievement and, as a result, perform better in the rankings. Schools where students graduate at a lower rate than our estimate do not do as well in the rankings and fall short of expectations for their students.”

US News & World Report — Education 

by Sam Flanigan
January 16, 2014

Evaluating Predicted, Actual Graduation Rates at Regional Colleges
Comparing graduation rates at Regional Colleges and Universities show over- and underperformers.

For the 2014 Best Colleges rankings, U.S. News calculated a predicted graduation rate for Regional Colleges and Regional Universities for the first time in the rankings’ 30-year history.

A predicted graduation rate has been calculated for the National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges since the 1997 rankings.

The predicted graduation rate is an attempt to capture how well a college is able to support students so they are able to graduate with a degree and find where students succeed beyond what their test scores and other key factors might otherwise predict.

Schools with an actual graduation rate that exceeds the predicted rate are seen as boosting student achievement and, as a result, perform better in the rankings. Schools where students graduate at a lower rate than our estimate do not do as well in the rankings and fall short of expectations for their students.

U.S. News computes the predicted graduation rate, which makes up 7.5 percent of the Regional Universities and Regional Colleges rankings methodology, by creating models that use regression analysis. The models use characteristics of the fall 2006 entering cohort of students and characteristics of the colleges to predict what the graduation rate should be for that group of students.

Characteristics of the students include the average ACT and SAT test scores of the fall 2006 entering class, the proportion of those entering students who were in the top quarter of their high school class and the proportion of the student body that receives Pell Grants.

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