the equitable value explorer

the equitable value explorer

One of the key measures of the value of education after high school is post-college earnings – are students getting ahead, getting by, or even falling behind on the path to a better living and a better life?


The Equitable Value Explorer is helping to answer that question. This tool is an interactive resource that captures students’ post-college earnings for more than 4,000 colleges and universities nationwide. The Explorer provides results for institutions according to earnings thresholds developed by the commission and offers the ability to view outcomes for different student populations.

Improving policy and practice

Designed to help college and university leaders, policymakers, and researchers understand where and how students realize value with post-college earnings.

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Watch this video for an introduction to the Explorer.



Because earnings make up just one part of the value picture, the Explorer is not intended to be used as a rating or ranking mechanism for institutions. It’s also important to view the data in the Explorer in context – institutional performance is related to a number of factors, including mission, funding, and enrollment.

Voices from the Field

Hear from higher education leaders about why having more and better data about value is important for the work they do to create more equitable opportunity for students.

José Luis Cruz Rivera

The president of Northern Arizona University raises the question: Are higher ed institutions equitably advancing value for students?

Archie Holmes

Executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at The University of Texas System shares his perspective on the conversation about value and the Equitable Value Explorer.

WASC leaders

WASC Senior College and University Commission leaders share their perspective about the value of data transparency to ground conversations and move the work forward.