Office of Strategic Advancement


March 1, 2015  

CDU Ranked with Other College Superstars


Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) emerged as a “hidden gem” with notable standing in a new ranking of College Superstars by the Brookings Institution.  In an article appearing in Money Watch on CBS Interactive, CDU along with other institutions (Cal Tech being No. 1) was lauded for “providing the best value-added boost to its students' mid-career earnings. Adjusted for the caliber of the students and their majors, graduates of CDU and the other schools made far more money than would have been predicted.”

The Brookings college rankings system measures how well alumni perform in three economic measures: mid-career earnings, student loan repayment and what the think tank calls occupational earnings power, which is a fascinating indicator that relies on LinkedIn's massive database.

The Brookings methodology generated lists that include traditional rankings darlings like Cal Tech and MIT. However, CDU—an institution born out of the 1965 Watts rebellion which was founded to serve the South Los Angeles community and underserved areas like it that lack access to health professions education and health services—is on the list. According to Brookings, CDU and other schools on the list provide the greatest value-added boost to their alumni in the occupational earnings power category, here are the leaders:

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology

In measuring a school's occupational earnings power, Brookings used data from LinkedIn and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to generate the percentage increase or decrease in the average salary of the occupations in which alumni work above or below what would have been predicted based on student and school characteristics.” – Moneywatch, CBS Interactive.

When CDU President, Dr. David Carlisle, shared the good news with CDU staff and faculty, he said “this is an affirmation of why CDU was founded. It’s what we mean by saying we serve our community and provide increased access to education in the health professions. It’s what we mean when we tell our students that a health professions education provides increased economic opportunity as well.”



About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 560 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU’s mission is to develop a diverse group of health professional leaders who seek social justice, promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion and are uniquely qualified to transform the health of underserved populations through outstanding education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement. For more information, visit




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