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Oregon Tech Listed Again in Forbes’ Magazine America’s Top Colleges List

Aug 07, 2012
Oregon Institute of Technology was ranked among the best schools in the nation in Forbes’ annual ranking of America’s Top Colleges.

Oregon Institute of Technology was ranked among the best schools in the nation in Forbes’ annual ranking of America’s Top Colleges. These rankings of 650 schools – the top 20 percent of all four-year and graduate universities in the nation – are exclusively prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), a Washington D.C. think tank founded by Ohio University economist Richard Vedder.

According to Forbes, the ranking focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. Unlike other lists, Forbes emphasizes that they ignore ephemeral measures such as school "reputation." The ranking is achieved by evaluating the college purchase as a consumer: Is it worth spending as much as a quarter of a million dollars for this degree?

The rankings are based on five general categories: Post Graduate Success (32.5 percent), an evaluation of alumni pay and prominence; Student Satisfaction (27.5 percent), including professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore retention rates; Debt (17.5 percent); Four-year graduation rate (11.25 percent); and Competitive Awards (11.25 percent) or prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

Oregon Tech graduates enjoy an outstanding graduate success rate with 90 percent either employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. Graduates also earn an average starting annual salary of $56,000.

According to Oregon Tech President Dr. Chris Maples, "Irrespective of rankings themselves, the five metrics that Forbes uses are very relevant for measuring a university’s success."

In addition to the overall rankings, the Center for College Affordability and Productivity also prepares a "value" ranking, which takes into account the overall cost of each school relative to the quality of education provided.

To view the Forbes’ Top Colleges ranking, visit www.forbes.com/top-colleges

About Oregon Tech

Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is one of seven institutions in the Oregon University System, and the only public institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, communications and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public and international communities through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech's main campus is in Klamath Falls and a new campus will open in Wilsonville in Fall 2012. The Wilsonville campus is the result of the consolidation of the university's four Portland metro area sites. The university also has sites in West Portland, Salem, La Grande, and Seattle, as well as online degree offerings. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.

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