Study: Xavier University Rates 6th For Upward Mobility

NEW ORLEANS – Xavier University of New Orleans was ranked sixth in the U.S. for upward mobility of its students. According to the Equality of Opportunity Project, research-based tax filings and tuition records show 80 percent of Xavier students from the bottom fifth of the income distribution make it to the top three-fifths (middle class and above).

         The Top 10 Colleges for Upward Mobility are:


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1 – New Jersey Institute of Technology – 85 percent

2 – Pace – 82 percent

3 – Cal State, Bakersfield – 82 percent

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4 – University of California, Irvine – 81 percent

5 – Cal Poly Pomona – 81 percent

6 – Xavier of Louisiana – 80 percent

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7 – Stony Brook – 79 percent

8 – San Jose State – 79 percent

9 – Baruch – 79 percent

10 – Cal State, Long Beach – 78 percent


         In an Op-Ed for The New York Times on Jan. 18, columnist David Leonhardt reports, “The heyday of the colleges that serve America’s working class can often feel very long ago…. the universities that educate students from modest backgrounds face big challenges, particularly state budget cuts. But many of them are performing much better than their new stereotype suggests. They remain deeply impressive institutions that continue to push many Americans into the middle class and beyond — many more, in fact, than elite colleges that receive far more attention.

         “The new study — by a team of economists led by Raj Chetty of Stanford — shows that many colleges indeed fail to serve their students well. Dropout rates are high, saddling students with debt but no degree. For-profit colleges perform the worst, and a significant number of public colleges also struggle. Even at the strong performers, too many students fall by the wayside. Improving higher education should be a national priority.

         But the success stories are real, too, and they’re fairly common. As I thought about the new findings in light of the other evidence pointing to the value of education, they became less surprising. After all, the earnings gap between four-year college graduates and everyone else has soared in recent decades. The unemployment rate for college graduates today is a mere 2.5 percent.”


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