University Ranks Thirteenth Nationally on Social Mobility Index

KINGSVILLE - October 18, 2015

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Texas A&M University-Kingsville was named 13th in the nation on the 2015 CollegeNET, Inc. Social Mobility Index (SMI). 

This data-driven ranking system compares the extent to which U.S. colleges and universities efficiently graduate students from low-income economic backgrounds into promising careers. 

The goal of the Social Mobility Index -- now in its second year -- is to help refocus the higher education system away from the empty chasing of “prestige” and toward providing economic opportunity more broadly for citizens. 

Texas A&M-Kingsville was the second-highest ranking school in the state of Texas. 

A total of 931 colleges and universities were listed in the Index, found online at socialmobilityindex.org

Dr. Steven Tallant, president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, said of the ranking, “Texas A&M University-Kingsville is proud to be listed among the top 15 colleges and universities in the nation on the Social Mobility Index. The Index criteria fit the mission and values of the university, placing importance on affordable tuition, graduation rates and early career salary. A quality education for as many in the region as possible, leading to a successful career, benefits the entire state of Texas.” 

According to Jim Wolfston, CEO of CollegeNET: “The past three decades for U.S. higher education will be remembered as an expensive, mass capitulation to the notions of status, rank and marketing image promoted by entrepreneurial magazine hawkers. Along the way, the important agenda of ensuring accessibility, broadly developing human capital and protecting our nation's political position as a land of equal opportunity has been nearly decimated. Fortunately, a few extraordinary colleges have remained focused on the right issues, and the SMI highlights their civic contribution and example.” 

The 2015 SMI ranks colleges and universities according to how they advance economic mobility in the United States. The variables used in formulating the rankings were, in order of sensitivity from highest to lowest: 

  • Tuition and Economic Background (both tied in sensitivity)
  • Graduation Rate
  • Early Career Salary
  • Endowment 

In-depth information on the rankings and methodology can be found at socialmobilityindex.org. 

About CollegeNET, Inc.

CollegeNET, Inc. builds on-demand Software as a Service technologies that help institutions improve operational efficiency, enhance communication with constituents, and save money. The company's systems are used by 1,300 institutions worldwide for event and academic scheduling, prospect and admissions management, Web-based tuition processing, instructor and course evaluation, and alumni development. Additionally, the company operates CollegeNET.com, a fast-growing social network through which students create topics, write about them, and vote to determine who will win scholarships. CollegeNET.com has awarded more than $1.8 million in scholarships to date. The company is headquartered in Portland, Ore.

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