SUNY College at Old Westbury has been named a “High ROI College” by Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online), an online education and information resource on college affordability and financial aid information. AC Online identified New York colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment and ranks Old Westbury No. 37 among 472 institutions analyzed across the state.
“Graduates from these schools enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders,” AC Online says. AC Online’s criteria for consideration as a “High ROI College” included being a fully accredited institution, either public or private.
“These rankings affirm our continuing belief that the quality of our student body, our faculty, and our staff is reflected in the superior quality education we provide and the opportunities that become available to our graduates,” said College President Calvin O. Butts, III. “At the same time, these rankings by no means represent a finished product and we will continue to work to grow and improve as an institution.”
Qualifying schools had to be four-year, degree-granting institutions that showed a high ROI according to PayScale’s 2013 College Value Report. For its methodology, AC Online used highly respected, authoritative data sets, including NCES, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education; IPEDS, the primary federal source for data on colleges, universities and technical and vocational postsecondary schools in the nation; Carnegie Classification, a framework widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students or faculty; and Payscale.com, the premier salary data collection organization.
The rankings for New York colleges and universities are available on AC Online’s website. Affordable Colleges Online provides students with information about affordable higher education options. The website offers financial aid videos, expert advice and cost savings ideas.