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Rose-Hulman Cited for Women STEM Career Success

January 7, 2016

Marketwatch Article

Advancing STEM Ambitions: A MarketWatch study identified Rose-Hulman as an institution whose alumnae earnings after 10 years most outperformed those from average schools with similar student profiles. For Rose-Hulman, that case was a 50-percent increase.

A new statistical analysis highlights Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for providing opportunities for women in high-paying, high-demand fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that are driving today’s economy.

The MarketWatch.com study, also identified institutions that are advancing female students’ ambitions in STEM, and preparing women for careers historically dominated by male graduates.

Examining U.S. Department of Education data, Bookings Institution fellow Jonathan Rothwell identified Rose-Hulman as an institution whose alumnae earnings after 10 years most outperformed those from average schools with similar student profiles. For Rose-Hulman, that case was a 50-percent increase. Only about a dozen institutions nationally were signaled out.

Also, Rose-Hulman alumnae income came closest to providing gender parity in STEM career fields. For the period examined, the gender parity was even.

“If you care about earnings inequality across gender, then getting women into higher-paying occupations is a priority, and one way to get women into higher paying occupations is to make sure they’re studying in fields that are preparing them for higher-paying occupations,” states Rothwell in the MarketWatch report.

The Brookings Institution’s Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program used the same Department of Education statistics in a 2015 study that revealed Rose-Hulman ranks among the country’s highest value-added higher education institutions. Its report, “Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two and Four-Year Schools,” examined how well colleges affect student post-graduation economic success.

Also, PayScale’s 2015 Return on Investment Report found Rose-Hulman having a 20-year net return on investment ranking among the best of American colleges, and topping all Indiana institutions.

Rose-Hulman’s Class of 2015 had a 98% placement rate, with average accepted job offers of $66,940, and a high offer of $106,000.