Just 10 years after becoming fully eligible for the NCAA Division I championships, Bryant University’s Men’s Basketball team made an historic appearance at yesterday’s First Four round of NCAA playoffs. During March Madness it’s all eyes on the NCAA brackets, but what if those brackets were redrawn to reflect how well each participating school helps its students achieve success after graduation?
Based on the Harvard University-based Opportunity Insights dataset as reported by The 74 today, if the brackets were about moving students up the economic ladder Bryant University would be the overall Champion, with Bryant (0.78) and Notre Dame (0.74) reaching the Final Four.
According to The 74, the alternative rankings are offered “with the hope that they can help draw attention to those colleges that work hardest at putting… students on the ladder to a life-transforming future of financial well-being… a special shout out goes to Northeast Conference Champion Bryant University on its crowning as Social Mobility Tournament champion on its first appearance in the Division I level NCAA tournament!”
In a changing higher education landscape, student outcomes and return on education investment have never been more important. Bryant University delivers a real-world ready education that positions graduates with earnings in the nation’s Top 1% according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) scorecard. That ranking is based on the CEW’s updated College Scorecard. The study looks at potential long-term economic gains for graduates in terms of net present value (NPV), a metric that projects future earnings, costs, and investments. The NPV for Bryant graduates after 20 years is $834,000, climbing to $1,396,000 and $1,857,000 respectively for 30 and 40 years out.
According to The 74, the alternative rankings are offered “with the hope that they can help draw attention to those colleges that work hardest at putting… students on the ladder to a life-transforming future of financial well-being”
Bryant’s Vision 2030 strategic plan has reconfirmed the University’s unmatched institutional-wide commitment to educating our students to be real-world ready and succeed personally and professionally.
With the academic and facilities initiatives of Vision 2030, “We are taking Bryant’s unique interdisciplinary curriculum and vibrant student life to the next level, building on the strong foundation of our transformative learning experience and commitment to student learning, engagement and success,” says University President Ross Gittell, Ph.D. “Vision 2030 adds innovative academic programs in high demand, supports experiential learning and invests in world-class facilities and technology that provide a highly engaging and rewarding learning environment for our students.”
ABOUT BRYANT UNIVERSITY:
For nearly 160 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. The University delivers a uniquely integrated academic and student life experience with nationally recognized academic programs at the intersection of business, STEM and the liberal arts. Located on a 428-acre contemporary campus in Smithfield, R.I., Bryant enrolls approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students from 38 states and 49 countries. Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, College Factual, and Barron's. Visit https://www.bryant.edu/.