The Kansas City Business Journal published a College Scorecard on Monday, which was prepared by the U.S. Department of Education, stating that Baker University graduates earn higher salaries on average than graduates of other universities in Kansas.
Ten years after graduation, Baker alumni earn a median salary of $48,800, which is highest among graduates from any school in Kansas. The average Baker alum earns $4,000 more annually than graduates of the third-ranked University of Kansas and $5,500 more than the fourth-ranked Kansas State University.
“Return on investment is becoming more important for college students every day, and Baker prides itself on providing a fantastic return for our students and their families,” Danielle Yearout, vice president of enrollment and marketing, said. “Combine this with the fact that more than 98 percent of our graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation, and it becomes clear that Baker University is a terrific value.”
The U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard is designed to “increase transparency, putting the power in the hands of the public—from those choosing colleges to those improving college quality—to see how well different schools are serving their students.” The College Scorecard is produced using data sets from reliable sources such as the National Student Loan Data System, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, and the Department of Treasury.
The U.S. Department of Education announcement further validates The Economist’s ranking of Baker in the top 50 colleges for economic value nationwide.