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IIT REACHES 2017 TOP ONLINE COLLEGES FOR STUDENT ECONOMIC MOBILITY REPORT

9/13/2017, noon | Updated on 9/13/2017, noon
Victoria Duan, a SR Education Group representative, said the online colleges were eligible for inclusion if they had a mobility ...
A photo of S.R. Crown Hall on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1956, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001. Out of the 2, 273 online colleges that were considered for the 2017 Top Online Colleges for Student Economic Mobility report, 97 schools including Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) made the cut. Photo Credit: SR Education Group Photo by Joe Ravi

IIT REACHES 2017 TOP ONLINE COLLEGES FOR STUDENT ECONOMIC

MOBILITY REPORT

By Christopher Shuttlesworth

SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher founded in 2004, recently released a published report of findings regarding

accredited online colleges and their economic mobility rates.

Out of the 2, 273 online colleges that were considered for the 2017 Top Online Colleges for Student Economic Mobility report, 97 schools including Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) made the cut.

Victoria Duan, a SR Education Group representative, said the online colleges were eligible for inclusion if they had a mobility rate in the top 20 percent of schools offering 10 online degrees either at the associate level or higher.

She explained that the 97 online schools were analyzed based on mobility rate data provided by the Equality of Opportunity Project and the online college tuition rates were researched specifically by

SR Education Group.

“A school’s mobility rate indicates the percentage of students from the

bottom fifth of the United States income distribution who rise to the top fifth,” said Duan.

Illinois Institute of Technology’s was listed at 28 out of the 97 online colleges with a mobility rate of 93.0 and annual tuition of $44,150. The report concluded that the average annual tuition currently stands at $9,186.

“Our resources were designed to address student economic diversity and

mobility,” Duan stated. “So, students are able to connect with schools that offer quality, affordable education.”

Duan continued to explain that SR Education Group decided to conduct this type of research after a New York Times article reported that 38 colleges in the United States had more students in the top one percent than the bottom 60 percent.

“We thought this data would address concerns about access to higher education and who is able to attend college and move up the economic ladder,” she said.

The results of the 2017 Top Online Colleges for Student Economic Mobility were published on GuidetoOnlineSchools. com. “The 25 colleges with the lowest annual tuition rates from the Top Online Colleges report earned a spot on the 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Student Economic Mobility ranking, published to OnlineU.org,” according to a SR Education Group press release.

Duan said moving Forward, SR Education plans to annually report

colleges’ mobility rate and analyze and release more reports on Top Schools for Women in STEM and a report on students looking for Christian Colleges to attend.

For more information, you can view the report at http://www.

guidetoonlineschools.com/online-schools/ economic-mobility.