The Wildcats Aced This One!

Who received the best possible score on the College Scorecard put out by the National College Affordability and Transparency Center?  We did!

Chico State received the best score possible in the four defined categories in the College Scorecard. Perhaps even more impressively, we are the only CSU or UC institution to have done so.The Scorecard focuses on five indicators of institutional performance:

  • Cost: defined as the average net price for undergraduates at their institution for academic year 2010–2011. For public institutions, this means in-state student tuition and fees.
  • Graduation rate: measured for first-time, full-degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduate students who began their studies in 2005. In other words, the six-year graduation rate.
  • Loan default rate: this refers to an institution’s borrowers who defaulted on certain federal student loans within three years of receiving those loans.
  • Median borrowing: defined as the median amount of federal student loans borrowed for a student’s undergraduate study. This is a measure of indebtedness.
  • Employment: a category more implied than precise, but one measure is the starting and mid-career median salaries of an institution’s graduates