George Fox among nation’s top 20 colleges in exceeding predicted graduation rate

George Fox University is among the nation's best in helping students graduate in four yearsData released by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity ranks George Fox among nation’s best in helping students graduate in four years

George Fox University’s track record of helping students graduate at a higher rate than anticipated – its actual versus predicted graduation rate – ranks among the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation, according to data released by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity and used by Forbes magazine in its annual college rankings.

George Fox, a Christian college in Newberg, Ore., ranks No. 18 in the category out of the more than 600 schools evaluated. To be considered, schools had to earn a placement on Forbes’ “America’s Best College’s” list – an elite group of 650 deemed to be the top schools among the 4,000-plus colleges and universities in the country.

The CCAP data illustrated George Fox’s success at assisting those undergraduate students who, statistically speaking, are more likely to struggle to earn a college degree.

To determine the ranking, CCAP relied upon a statistical model to predict what a school’s four-year graduation rate is expected to be based on a number of input criteria which measure the “academic quality” of incoming students. To access the quality of students, evaluators take into consideration factors including composite SAT scores, acceptance rates, full-time enrollment rates (how many admitted students actually matriculate), percentage of students receiving Pell Grants, and percentage of students enrolled in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors.

A school received a better score in the actual vs. predicted graduation rate if it had an actual graduation rate that exceeded the one predicted by a regression model that takes into account demographic factors (including ethnicity), financial aid variables such as the percentage of students receiving Pell grants, and the average amount of federal loans students borrowed.

Conversely, a school received a lower score in the category if the actual graduation rate fell below the model’s predicted rate.

In placing 18th overall in the category, George Fox is sandwiched between the United States Coast Guard Academy (No. 17) and the United States Air Force Academy (No. 19).

“This ranking speaks to our ability to come alongside students who might traditionally struggle to complete a college education,” said Lindsay Peterson, the university’s director of undergraduate admissions. “It means we are delivering on our promise that students will ‘Be Known’ on a personal and academic level when they attend George Fox.”