California State University, Long Beach Named to Social Mobility Index’s Top 20
“This social mobility ranking underscores we are a proven driver of upward social mobility. In addition to improving the lives of our graduates we also are improving the economic and social well-being of Southern California,” said President Jane Close Conoley. “That Long Beach State University ranks in the top 20 in the nation is testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff who innovate every day to remove barriers to students’s success.”
According to Jim Wolfston, CEO of CollegeNET, “The goal of the index is to help redirect the attribution of ‘prestige’ in our higher education system toward colleges that are solving the major problems of our time. Today, no social, political, or economic problem is more pressing than advancing economic opportunity more broadly for our citizens.
“Unlike other college rankings that are aimed primarily at helping students select a college,” he added, “the SMI helps policymakers determine which colleges are addressing the national problem of economic mobility. Administrators have a better chance to help strengthen US economic mobility and the promise of the American Dream if they can identify and learn from colleges that are skilled at doing this.”
The SMI is a nationally recognized, data-driven analysis that ranks 4-year U.S. colleges and universities according to their effectiveness at enrolling students from low-income backgrounds, as well as a school’s ability to move graduates “into good-paying jobs.”
California public universities dominate the rankings for the fourth consecutive year, with California State University and University of California schools accounting for 13 of the top 20 spots on the 2017 SMI list. Twenty-five CSU and UC schools also rank among the top 5 percent of all universities when it comes to advancing social mobility in higher education. Five schools – CSULB, Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina; CSU Fresno; CSU Stanislaus; and California State Polytechnic University-Pomona -- have ranked in the top 20 on the SMI for the past four years.
An in-depth website devoted to the SMI rankings and methodology can be found at http://socialmobilityindex.org
About Long Beach State University
Long Beach State University is a teaching-intensive, research-driven university committed to providing highly valued undergraduate and graduate degrees critical for success in the globally-minded 21st century. Annually ranked among the best universities in the West and among the best values in the entire nation, the university’s eight colleges serve more than 37,500 students. Long Beach State values and is recognized for rich educational opportunities provided by excellent faculty and staff, exceptional degree programs, diversity of its student body, fiduciary and administrative responsibility and the positive contributions faculty, staff, students and more than 300,000 alumni make on society.