Oregon Tech was recently ranked among the best schools in the nation in Forbes’ annual ranking of Top Colleges. The rankings list 600 schools – the top 20 percent of all four-year and graduate universities in the nation – with Oregon Tech listed at No. 292 overall and No. 133 of Public Colleges.
According to Forbes, this year they ranked colleges and universities in the U.S. based on the return on investment and outcomes they delivered for their students. Schools placed well if their students graduated on time, secured high salaries and low debt, and went on to have successful careers. Several new measures and datasets were added this year to make ensure that the findings are even more robust. The data was reframed to better gauge alumni salaries, added a new metric to determine how quickly graduates paid off the cost of college, and accounted for how well schools were serving low-income students.
Data is collected from sources such as The College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), two federal databases that track student outcomes and institutional characteristics. They also drew from PayScale, a salary reporting and comparison company; Third Way, a D.C.-based think tank that developed the Price-to-Earnings Premium; and the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).