Aug. 18, 2011—Forbes magazine rates North Central College among “America’s Top Colleges.”
“Our annual list of America's best undergraduate institutions focuses on educational outcomes, not reputations,” Forbes writer Michael Noer says in the piece. “Our annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt.”
The rankings are based on five general categories: Post Graduate Success, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; Student Satisfaction, which includes professor evaluations and freshman-to-sophomore year retention rates; Debt, which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; Four Year Graduation Rate; and Competitive Awards, which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright.
The rankings are prepared exclusively for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C. think tank founded by Ohio University economist Richard Vedder.