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Doane named 'Best Value' college for students' success after graduation

Doane College has been recognized as one of Educate to Career’s “Top Best Value Colleges” for 2014, ranking among the top colleges surveyed nationwide in producing positive student outcomes.

Doane placed 251st out of the 1,222 colleges in the survey about student career success after graduation. Educate to Career’s (ETC) College Rankings Index examined four-year colleges and universities with more than 1,000 students, and success beyond college—based on earnings and employability—attained by their graduates.

The index considers the academic profile of students when they enter college, the total costs related to attendance and their success upon entering the labor market. The study measures each school's ability to improve the employability and earnings power of their students.

“At Doane College, our students see the benefits of a real-world education as soon as they graduate,” said President Jacque Carter. "We are proud that the education we provide here translates to success in the workforce, no matter what career path our students choose.”

According to ETC, the index incorporates workplace success metrics such as employment in the field of study and earnings within one year of graduation. The organization also factors in student loan payback rates, default rates and financial factors that affect graduates as much as 20 years after graduating college.

Doane alumni had an average starting salary of $30,500 balanced with, at the time of the study, in-state tuition at $24,360 a year.

Doane ranked the highest of all Nebraska private colleges and was named one of the survey’s “Top Best Value Colleges” for placing in the top third. Nebraska Wesleyan (ranked No. 337) and Hastings (394) were the only other private institutions in the state to make the rankings.

The metrics used in calculating the college rankings were:

  • Percentage of graduates employed in occupations that utilize their field of study.
  • Average salary earned by recent graduates, by school for each major category.
  • Percentage of persons employed within one year of graduation (weighted on an occupational trend basis).
  • Major, weighted against national norms.
  • Number of years to graduate.
  • Tuition-net cost.

More information on the methodology and metrics can be found here.