Lehman Ranks in Top 10% on Washington Monthly’s ‘Best Bang for the Buck Colleges’ List

Lehman Ranks in Top 10% on Washington Monthly’s ‘Best Bang for the Buck Colleges’ List
Once again, Washington Monthly has named Lehman as one of 2019 America’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Northeast.

Ranked No. 33 out of 368 public and private institutions in the Northeast, Lehman has been a consistent presence on the annual ranking list, which focuses primarily on how well a school fosters its students’ upward social mobility. Broken down by public colleges on the Northeast list, Lehman was ranked No. 9 and No. 3 among City University of New York schools, with Baruch ranked No. 3 and John Jay College of Criminal Justice ranked No. 27.

Using a methodology that centered on three chief areas of measurement—social mobility, research, and community and national service—the magazine began with 1,732 public and private colleges nationwide and looked at reported and predicted eight-year graduation rates, percentages of Pell grant recipients, number of first generation students, student loan figures, campus demographics. Also factored in were college costs, median earnings of former students, undergrads going on to earn doctorates, faculty awards, community service projects, military service and voter participation.

“Lehman College is once again noted for offering a remarkable high-quality education that offers upward mobility to committed and talented students,” said President Daniel Lemons.

In recent years Lehman College has done well in the “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges” rankings, ranging from No. 60 in 2017 to No. 20 in 2018. This year, Washington Monthly changed its ranking criteria, editors said, switching from the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants to the number of Pell recipients who earned bachelor’s degrees to “reward colleges that provide access to higher education to more of the low-income Americans who need it”; and taking into consideration a state’s income distribution in some of its measures to adjust for economic factors beyond a college’s control.

Other publications that have recently acknowledged Lehman’s success in providing a high-quality, affordable education or its reputation as a social mobility engine in the Bronx. Money Magazine, just recently ranked Lehman College in the top 15 percent of its “Best Colleges for Your Money List” and the Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Lehman No. 3 in  social mobility nationally among 4-year public institutions.