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Furman earns props for student success, ROI

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Last updated October 25, 2023

By Tina Underwood

In an opinion piece appearing in The Chronicle of Higher Education about ensuring student success, Aaron Basko of the University of Lynchburg points to two studies – one that gauges student success and well-being and another that tracks college return on investment. Furman University gets high marks in both. Basko notes that among Gallup’s five well-being indices – purpose, social, financial, community and physical – Furman graduates outscored the national average by 14 points. In the study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Furman placed in the top 5 percent among colleges for ROI for lower income students. The same study revealed Furman’s 72 percent graduation rate for low-income first-year students is the highest in South Carolina.

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