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Delaware Valley College named a top college for return on investment

Jul 29, 2013

Affordable Colleges Online

Delaware Valley College has been named a top college in Pennsylvania for return on investment by Affordable Colleges Online, a leading resource for college affordability and financial aid.

The new “Highest Return on Investment Colleges in Pennsylvania,” feature identifies the 81 colleges in Pennsylvania where degrees pay off the most. Students who graduate from these colleges earn more over their lifetimes, on average, than graduates from other Pennsylvania institutions. Graduates from these schools also enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over thirty years.

“With some questioning the value of investing in a degree, studies like these are an important reminder that a college degree is one of a student’s most important investments over a lifetime,” said College President Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan. “At DelVal, we provide a highly valuable experience to our students and through scholarships and financial aid we work to keep this investment in reach for all families.”

AC Online took important factors into account, including education and income-related data from highly reliable sources. Only four-year, fully accredited, degree granting institutions in the U.S. were considered.

“These are important lists for prospective students to consider,” says AC Online founder Dan Schuessler. “We’ve sifted through comprehensive data sources to find colleges and universities in Pennsylvania that offer a high quality education with consistent, long-term payoffs in the workplace.”

AC Online compiled a list of schools meeting the criteria by using the following highly respected, authoritative data sets:

     • NCES, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. It provides consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends.

     • IPEDS, the primary federal source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary schools in the U.S.

     • Carnegie Classification, a framework widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.

     • Payscale.com, the premier salary data collection organization.