Goldey-Beacom College’s president says the school’s use of its endowment to commit to affordable tuition landed it in the top 20% of a think tank ranking of economic mobility for institutions of higher learning.
The ranking comes from Washington D.C.’s center-left think tank Third Way.
It takes into consideration the amount of time it takes low-income students to recoup the costs of paying for their education, and the proportion of students from low and moderate-income backgrounds who are enrolled at the school.
“In 2014, we started having a very intentional focus on college affordability,” said Goldey-Beacom President Colleen Perry Keith. “We were in the enviable position of having several years with significant income over expense.”
That year, Goldey-Beacom started awarding about 50% in scholarship aid to most students.
“We wanted to make sure that college was affordable, so we started building our endowment and being able to award significant aid,” Keith said. “We had our stated cost and then we discounted it with the income that we got from our endowment. We wanted to make sure that nobody could be turned away because they couldn’t pay.”
As of June 30, 2022, Goldey-Beacom’s endowment is $163,247,047.
In 2021, the college shifted from using the “50% discount method,” Keith said, and opted to roll their tuition back from $25,500 to $13,050.
Goldey-Beacom & psychology
The most popular major at Goldey-Beacom is psychology, and graduates typically enter jobs in human resources, business management, sales, management and psychology.
Goldey-Beacom once was known primarily as a business school.
Keith said psychology became the most common major in the day during the pandemic because of the coinciding mental health epidemic throughout the nation.
Everybody needs some sort of post-secondary education, Keith said, whether that be a traditional 4-year college or earning a welding degree.
She hopes to continue to make college as affordable and accessible as possible.
“Having affordable degrees or certificates in areas that are workforce driven is what’s going to help the local economy and help our students and the greater Wilmington area,” Keith said.
Goldey-Beacom has about 1,300 students enrolled from 22 states and 65 nations. It offers 42 degree options in its graduate and undergraduate programs.
“When our students go out and get jobs and are able to elevate their economic situation and give back to their community and be able to contribute to the economic condition of our area, we’re doing our job well,” Keith said.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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