Ten years ago, we created College Results Online to challenge the conventional wisdom that colleges’ graduation rates were simply a function of the students they served. Since then, this online tool has shown us that colleges serving similar students often get very different results.

College Results Online began with only 1,400 four-year colleges and CROCelebrationuniversities, and now we have data on more than 2,300 postsecondary institutions. Ed Trust has added new data as it has become available — like the average net price for low-income students — that allows students and parents to make more informed decisions about which institution provides them with the best value.

More recently, we’ve introduced some new features and resources:

  • A video to show users how to get the most out of College Results Online
  • Symbols that tag colleges with extremely low graduation rates (what we call “college dropout factories”) and colleges with little socioeconomic diversity (our “engines of inequality”)
  • An interactive map that identifies the nation’s lowest performing colleges and institutions

Year after year we mine the data in College Results Online to identify institutions that outperform their peers on a variety of student access, affordability, and success indicators. Despite the additions and tweaks we’ve made over the past 10 years, the data consistently tell the same story: Not all colleges are created equal and what institutions do matters.