Thursday, March 1, 2018

Celebrating Social Mobility through Higher Education

The University of California, Irvine, a 2017 Social Mobility Innovator, recently hosted a symposium on facilitating social mobility in higher education. The symposium featured panels of faculty experts, practitioners, and UCI students and alumni discussing the importance of social mobility in defining student success in higher education.

Dr. Michael Dennin, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
and Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education at UCI

UCI Students and Alumni

Attendees applauded the speakers and panelists both at the symposium and in the Twittersphere.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Going Beyond the Products

The CollegeNET experience goes beyond providing customers with software and tools for higher education. Here are just a handful of the comments we’ve received about CollegeNET’s support and customer service:

“Working with CollegeNET is a rewarding experience. CollegeNET support/trainers consistently answer my questions in a timely manner. If more time is needed to find a solution to my issue, I know exactly how long it will take. I wish our IT department would benchmark CollegeNET’s customer service!"
- Anne Carlineo, Ithaca College

“Overall, the process went very smoothly; the folks we worked with were knowledgeable and responsive to questions, and the process was well-thought-out and well-documented. It was definitely one of the best projects involving consultants that we've dealt with.”
- Christopher Myers, Millikin University

“I compare all other vendors to CollegeNet. They set the standard for customer service and so far no one has measured up.”
- Rick Marks, College of Southern Nevada

“I know I’ve told you this before but I’m so, so grateful for your patience and kindness in teaching me tricks and tips to help make my job easier and more efficient.”
- Susan Falendysz, Calhoun Honors College

“You guys are so great at what you do and you’ve never made us feel the least bit apprehensive about asking for help! Don’t you know Clemson is your # 1 fan!! No one raves about your service like we do.”
- Vandy Travelstead, Clemson University

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Social Media Celebrations for Social Mobility

The 2017 Social Mobility Index (SMI) identifies US colleges and universities that are committed to advancing economic opportunities for low-income students. CollegeNET salutes those top-ranking schools, and we’re excited to join in social media celebration.

Monday, October 30, 2017

2017 Social Mobility Index (SMI) Identifies Universities that are Consistently Providing Low-Income Students with Educational Opportunity

The 2017 Social Mobility Index (SMI) -- a measurement of US higher education's commitment to growing success and opportunity for economically disadvantaged students -- has identified several consistently high-ranking institutions, based on their success at emphasizing and developing academic support programs to help low-income students obtain college degrees and good-paying jobs.

“Unlike other college rankings that are aimed primarily at helping students select a college,” says Jim Wolfston, CEO of CollegeNET, “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.”

According to the 2017 SMI, several such leading institutions include:

* Baruch College, which ranked #1 in the SMI for the third consecutive year
* UC and CSU schools, which dominated the rankings, placing 13 schools in the top 20
* Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, which remains in the top 20 for the fourth straight year

“I am thrilled that Winston-Salem State University is once again recognized as a leader in social mobility,” says Dr. Elwood L. Robinson, Chancellor at Winston-Salem State. “Through a culture of engagement, innovative programs and community partnerships, we are helping to make the American dream a reality for under-resourced students. Our efforts are transforming, not only the lives of our students and their families, but also their communities, our state and our nation.”

The SMI ranks schools according to five variables:
Published tuition
Percentage of student body from families below the US median income
Graduation rate of low-income students
Reported salary after graduation for low-income students

For more information about the SMI and the 2017 SMI rankings, visit