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:
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 www.socialmobilityindex.org.