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CollegeNET’s 2015 Social Mobility Index Ranks CSULB

Published: January 15, 2016

CSULB is ranked No. 11 among colleges and universities on CollegeNET’s 2015 Social Mobility Index (SMI), the highest such ranking among all California State University campuses and the fourth highest among all universities in California. The index ranks 931 colleges and universities according to how they advance economic mobility in the United States.

CollegeNET’s index measures the extent to which a college or university educates more economically disadvantaged students (with family incomes below the national median) at lower tuition, so they can graduate and obtain good paying jobs. The ranking takes into account five variables: tuition, economic background of the students a university serves, graduation rate, early career salary and endowment.

Data was collected from third party sources including Payscale, Inc., a salary comparison database and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Based on CollegeNET’s methodology, “a high SMI ranking means that a college is contributing in a responsible way to solving the dangerous problem of economic immobility in our country.”

Through Cal State Long Beach’s Highly Valued Degree Initiative, a comprehensive university-wide effort to improve student achievement, graduation and retention rates have reached all-time highs. Last fall, CSULB conferred nearly 10,000 high-quality undergraduate and graduate degrees, the highest total ever. Early data indicates that the upward trajectory for both completion and retention will continue to increase in the coming year.

Please click here to view the index.

–Michael Uhlenkamp