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Study: Goldey-Beacom best at giving hand up economic ladder

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

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Goldey-Beacom College once again was named to a list of schools whose students get the best hand up the socioeconomic ladder.

For the second year in a row, Goldey-Beacom College has ranked in the top 20% of national colleges and universities for helping make students economically mobile.

Goldey-Beacom also was the only Delaware college that Washington, DC think tank Third Way assigned to the Institution of Higher Education’s Tier 1 ranking.

“The data show Goldey-Beacom’s EMI ranking at 24.7% with a 3.36 price-to-earnings premium for low-income students: years to pay down total net cost,” said Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, president of GBC, in a press release.

She said 64% of students are in the low-income price-to-earnings percentile rank, 40% of all undergraduate students received a Pell grant in 2021-22, of which 38.6% were full-time students.

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Other Delaware schools included in the ranking were:

  • Tier 2 – Delaware State University
  • Tier 3 – University of Delaware
  • Tier 4 – Wilmington University

More than one-third of the 281 institutions in the top 20% of schools on their Economic Mobility Index are Hispanic-serving institutions, a federal designation for schools with an undergraduate enrollment of at least 25% Hispanic students,” said Third Way in a press release.

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Goldey-Beacom College

Colleen Perry Keith

The 2023 mobility title was one of several recent honors received by Goldey-Beacom.

In March the college was named an Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. 

The school expects to joing the institution list soon, as well as becoming a Minority Serving Institutions member.

Goldey-Beacom also has been named a College of Distinction for the 2023-2024 academic year by the Colleges of Distinction.

“We believe that engaged students are successful students,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer at  Colleges of Distinction, “and Goldey-Beacom College’s dedication to experiential learning shows us that each of its students has the opportunity to play an active role in their education.”

That designation is given to schools with engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

It was tagged for four distinctions:

  • 2023-2024 College of Distinction
  • 2023-2024 College of Distinction, Delaware
  • 2023-2024 College of Distinction, Business
  • 2023-2024 College of Distinction, Career Development

“Receiving four distinctions for the second consecutive year reflects the steady progress the College has made in many areas including increased degree program offerings and additional student opportunities,”Keith said.

The awards recognize Goldey-Beacom’s message of diversity and inclusion, Keith added.

Founded in 1886, Goldey-Beacom College has about 1,300 students enrolled from 22 states and 65 nations, offering 46 degrees in its graduate and undergraduate programs.

It just added two additional degrees: bachelor of science in marketing, and bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in digital marketing.


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