LSU Chancellor wants school rankings with real value
BATON ROUGE - LSU is ranked in the top tier for "Best National Universities" and comes in ranked 63rd overall among public universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of Best Colleges.
While LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander said he was pleased with the recognition, he pointed out that the ranking fails to measure things that really matter to students and families when choosing a university such as tuition rates, levels of student indebtedness and career outcomes. He said transparency about the measures that indicate real value are what allows students to make the best education decision possible.
Taking a closer look at these value measures, LSU graduates are among the best in the nation with starting salaries of around $48,000 per year, which places them at 33rd overall among 150 public research universities. After establishing careers, LSU students continue to perform well from a financial standpoint with mid-career earnings for LSU grads ranking among the best in the country at around $83,200.
The university also prides itself on starting students in careers with little-to-no debt as only about 35 percent of LSU graduates complete their college education with debt whereas the national average has edged up to 72 percent.
"Providing real graduate outcomes in an easy to access, transparent manner helps potential students and their families make informed decisions and allow for better control cost escalations by making it obvious to consumers which institutions leave students plagued with massive debt and few employment prospects, and which institutions provide real value with strong rates of return," Alexander said.