California State University, Bakersfield was named one of the nation’s top 20 campuses for social mobility, according to a study released November 19.
CollegeNET, Inc., a leading provider of web-based on-demand technologies for higher education, released its 2020 Social Mobility Index (SMI), a data-driven analysis that ranks four-year US colleges and universities according to how effectively they enroll students from low-income backgrounds and graduate them into good-paying jobs. The 2020 SMI benchmarks 1,449 four-year schools.
As in 2019, public universities in California — both the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems — also dominate the 2020 SMI rankings, accounting for 70 percent of the Top 20 spots this year. Four of those schools (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State University, Fresno; California State University, Long Beach; and California State University, Stanislaus) have ranked in the Top 20 for seven consecutive years. In 2019, CSU Bakersfield ranked 17th. In 2020, it rose three spots to 14th.
The Top 20 SMI Schools for 2020
- CUNY Bernard M Baruch College NY
- California State University-Los Angeles CA
- California State University-Fresno CA
- California State University-Northridge CA
- California State University-Long Beach CA
- California State Polytechnic University-Pomona CA
- California State University-San Bernardino CA
- CUNY Queens College NY
- CUNY Hunter College NY
- California State University-Dominguez Hills CA
- CUNY Lehman College NY
- California State University-Fullerton CA
- California State University-Sacramento CA
- California State University-Bakersfield CA
- CUNY Brooklyn College NY
- San Jose State University CA
- California State University-Stanislaus CA
- The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley TX
- San Francisco State University CA
- California State University-Channel Islands CA
According to CollegeNET,Inc., the 2020 SMI is being released at a time when Covid-19 is disproportionately affecting low-income students, forcing them to abandon, delay or alter their pursuit of a college degree and the potential that degree provides for social mobility.
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