Output Metrics Increasingly Influence College Decisions

While they're useful, don't solely rely on output metrics like starting salary when choosing a school.

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"A school can have great metrics in terms of placing their graduates in a job or in graduate school, but if you're a mediocre student at a school with great metrics, those metrics aren't going to help you," Smith says. "There has to be willingness on the part of the student to do some of the work and not just show up at the career center and say, 'Find me a job.'"

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