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University of Redlands Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Colleges by Forbes
Center for College Affordability and Productivity stats acknowledge Redlands qualities most prized by students, “output” measures related to student success
REDLANDS, CA (August 9, 2012) – The University of Redlands has been named on Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges, among the top 20 schools in California to make the list. The rankings, which are compiled for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, focus on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt.
The Forbes rankings recognize the top 15 percent of the nation’s 4,000 colleges and universities, effectively putting the University of Redlands in the top 5 percent of all colleges in the United States. In California, the University of Redlands joins such schools as Stanford, Pomona College, Cal Tech, UC-Berkeley, and Pepperdine on the annual list. The 2012 rankings were posted on Aug. 1, and are available online at the Forbes.com website.
According to Forbes, its ranking system is designed to stress the outputs of a college education rather than the inputs stressed by the U.S. News and World Report college rankings. The categories used to calculate the results are those considered important measures of “student success,” a hot topic given the state of the economy today and pressures on the nation’s colleges and universities to prove their value.
The rankings are based on five general weighted categories: post graduate success (32.5%), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction (27.5%), which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates; debt (17.5%), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate (11.25%); and competitive awards (11.25%), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright or go on to earn a Ph.D.