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New research shows UNCP is graduating winners

June 12, 2014

Graduates of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke rank in the top 100 among more than 1,200 colleges and universities for career outcomes.

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UNCP grads are finding jobs relatively quickly in their fields of study, according to the ETC (Educate to Career) College Ranking Index. The index analyzed employment, salaries, percent of graduates employed within one year of earning their degree, number of years to graduate, tuition costs, student debt and loan default rates.

Colleges in the top one-third of the ETC Index have a relatively high percentage of graduates employed in their field of study. Earnings of UNCP graduates are relatively high and loan default rates are very low.

“This survey reinforces that a UNCP education is a good value,” said Dr. Karen Pruett, director of the university’s Career Center. “Our students do come out with less debt because our tuition is affordable.”

Surveys conducted by the Career Center find a high percentage of recent graduates employed, Dr. Pruett said. “In reading the survey, there is one other important outcome for our graduates, many of whom are first generation college students. A Pembroke degree changes lives.”

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The ETC Index analyzes the quality of students when they enter a given college, the total costs related to attending the college, and the outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market. The ranking’s results are determined by which schools did the best job of improving the earnings and attainment of quality employment of their students.

In reviewing the data, UNCP graduates earn somewhat less than graduates of other institutions that are ranked lower in the ETC Index. According to the ETC College Ranking Index, its methodology measures the improvement in earnings and employability that a school provides to its students, relative to cost. “Our data show that many elite schools in the U. S. are more adept at selecting winners than they are in creating winners,” ETC states.