Louisiana Tech among the state’s best according to Forbes,

Aug 4, 2011 | General News

Louisiana Tech University has been ranked among the best institutions in Louisiana, according to Forbes’ 2011 America’s Best Colleges Rankings and’s 2011-2012 College Salary Report.
Forbes, one of the nation’s most respected business and finance publications, ranked Louisiana Tech as the top university in the University of Louisiana System (ULS) at #494 and second only to Louisiana State University at #442 amongst all of Louisiana’s public institutions.  Louisiana Tech also ranked #131 among institutions in the southern United States and #171 of Research Universities. ranked Louisiana Tech as the best among all Louisiana colleges and universities for mid-career earnings by graduates at an average of $85,100.  Tulane was second with $83,700 followed by LSU at $81,400.  Louisiana Tech also ranked in the top 30 of all institutions in the southern United States.
“I am so proud of the national recognition Louisiana Tech continues to receive,” said Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau.  “I have no doubt that these achievements are a result of our faculty and staff embracing our mission and vision for the future.  This commitment will make for a better Louisiana Tech for our students and a stronger Louisiana for everyone.”
According to its website, Forbes’ rankings are based on five general categories: post graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate, and competitive awards.  650 schools from around the U.S. made the 2011 Forbes list, which represents the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions in the nation.  The rankings are prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C. think tank founded by an Ohio University economist.
The mid-career median pay rankings by are based on comparisons of annual salaries of employees that have graduated from an institution, have at least ten years of experience in their career or field, and who hold a bachelor’s degree but no higher degrees.  The report includes 1003 schools of which 97 percent have an undergraduate enrollment of over 5,000. defines the South region as Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.
Louisiana Tech was also recently recognized as north Louisiana’s only public university to make 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its leadership among institutions of higher education in Louisiana in supporting volunteerism, service-learning, and civic engagement.