Southeastern Louisiana University is once again among Forbes’ top higher education institutions in the nation, having been named to the list of America’s Top Colleges 2018. Only the top 650 public and private higher education institutions in the United States make the annual Forbes Top Colleges report.
“Southeastern prides itself in providing our students with unparalleled academic rigor and an exceptional collegiate experience,” said President John Crain. “Our faculty and staff are truly invested in our students’ success and it shows. This recognition at a national level is a testament to their work and dedication.”
According to Forbes’ methodology for its America’s Top Colleges 2018 report, the schools included distinguish themselves from competitors due to their belief in “output over input.” Forbes states it is not interested in what gets a student into college, but rather on a students’ return on investment and success after graduation. The 2018 list focuses specifically on measures of post-graduate income, student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate and academic success. Forbes utilizes resources such as the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System from the Department of Education and PayScale.com to calculate its rankings.
According to Assistant Editor Carter Coudriet, “Forbes aims to measure what we believe students care about most. Where will a college steer them in their life after graduation? How likely are they to find success in their chosen field, to earn enough money to pay their student debt, to win career accolades, to become leaders in private and public life? How effectively does their school support them so they can graduate within four or six years and join the workforce?”