For the fourth year in a row, Doane College finished among the top two Nebraska colleges and the top 50 Midwestern colleges in Forbes.com rankings of America's Top Colleges.
Forbes.com ranked 650 undergraduate institutions overall - only the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions nationwide - based on data from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), an independent, not-for-profit research center based in Washington, DC. According to Forbes officials, the rankings focus on "the things that matter most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt."
Doane ranked 220th nationally. That ranking makes Doane the second-highest ranked Nebraska college (behind Creighton University at #171) and 46th among all institutions in the Midwest. (Forbes.com does not divide institutions by categories or size.)
"It is gratifying to see the Doane values of Community, Empowerment, Excellence and Impact resulting in such a strong placement on the Forbes' ranking. I believe this shows that we are truly living the values we espouse," said Kim Jacobs, Doane's vice president for Student Leadership.
The rankings are based on five general categories: Post Graduate success (30%), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; Student Satisfaction (27.5%), which includes professor evaluations and first-year-student-to-sophomore-year retention rates; Debt (17.5%), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; Four-Year Graduation Rate (17.5%) and Competitive Awards (7.5%), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright.