William Woods University’s ROI again recognized

For the second time this summer, William
Woods University has earned a place on a list of top Missouri colleges
for return on investment.
AffordableCollegesOnline.org
(AC Online) recently
launched a new ranking, “AC Online: Highest
Return on Investment Colleges in Missouri,” which analyzed
222 Missouri
colleges and identified the 27 colleges where degrees pay off the most. WWU
ranked #20.
Earlier, the College Database
recognized William Woods University for providing high quality education at an
affordable price. WWU was one of five private
not-for-profit Missouri schools
named.
“I am pleased that our efforts
are being acknowledged,” Dr. Jahnae H.
Barnett, WWU president, said.
“From our faculty and staff, to our alumni and
donors, everyone works
to make this a great place for our students to get an education and succeed in life after college.”
AC Online
documented the Missouri
colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return
on investment. Graduates from these schools enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree
holders over 30 years,
and earn more on average than
graduates from other Missouri
schools.
A resource for college
affordability and financial aid information,
Affordable Colleges Online, provides
students with information about affordable higher education options. The website offers
financial aid videos,
expert advice and cost savings ideas.
AC Online used the following criteria in its college ranking:
     •      Tuition
+ fees (provided by IPEDS/NCES)
     •      Graduate’s average starting
salaries and ROI calculation (provided by PayScale)
     •      Fully
accredited, four-year, not-for-profit institutions (provided by the Carnegie
Foundation)
 “These are important lists for prospective
students to consider,” said Dan Schuessler, AC Online founder. “We’ve
sifted through comprehensive data sources to
find colleges and universities in Missouri that offer a
high quality education with consistent, long-term
payoffs in the workplace.”
AC Online developed
the following criteria for
consideration as a “High ROI College”:
      •     Fully
accredited institution
     •      Either public or
private
     •      Four-year,
degree-granting institution
     •      ROI
according to PayScale’s 2013 College Value
Report
AC Online compiled
a list of schools meeting these criteria by
using the following highly
respected, authoritative data sets:
     •      NCES
(http://nces.gov/),
the primary federal entity
for collecting and analyzing data related to
education. It provides consistent, reliable, complete and accurate indicators
of education status and trends.
     •      IPEDS
(http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/),
the primary federal source for data on
colleges, universities and technical and vocational postsecondary schools in the U.S.
     •      Carnegie
Classification (http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/),
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.
     •      Payscale.com
(http://www.payscale.com/about/methodology),
the premier salary data collection
organization.
“We aim to
educate so that potential
students are aware of their options
for obtaining a degree and, most importantly, for paying for one,” said
Schuessler.
“What are the
most affordable options – online study,
two-year, four-year, public or private
colleges? What financial aid options are
available and what pitfalls should you
avoid? Our goal at AffordableCollegesOnline is to keep our finger on the pulse
of college-related
issues, the latest research, how the government is
responding, and help students analyze their options.”

CUTLINE:

William Woods University graduates participate in the Ivy Ceremony,
knowing they have received a high quality education at an affordable price.

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