Department of Education's Shift Away from College Rankings Reinforces Unigo Group's Approach to Return on Education™

Personalized matching empowers students to choose the best schools for their individual needs & preferences

Aug 04, 2015, 08:48 ET from Unigo Group

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Unigo Group, a portfolio company of Aequitas Capital, announces its support for the Department of Education (DOE)'s decision not to publish college rankings. Instead, the DOE will introduce "new, easy-to-use tools that will provide students with more data than ever before to compare college costs and outcomes" (source:   

"Designing and implementing a national higher education ratings system in a fair and balanced way would be extremely complex and difficult. More importantly, given the very personal nature of higher education decisions, we believe that such a ratings system would offer only incremental value to students and parents," said Brad McMahon, Senior Vice President of Digital Services at Unigo Group. "At Unigo, we created technology to match students with higher education options based on their specific goals, learning personalities and preferences. We applaud the DOE for encouraging students and families to use private sector tools and resources to evaluate schools according to their own individual needs."

According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, by 2025, two-thirds of all jobs in the U.S. will require education beyond high school. Unigo's proprietary matching process incorporates biographical information, unique data related to learning styles and school preferences, and a scientifically validated school FIT assessment to compile a personalized list of colleges and universities where a given student is likely to be successful. Unigo also connects its subscribers with financing, scholarships, and additional resources to help them achieve their higher education goals.

"As the cost of tuition continues to climb, where to go to college becomes a bigger decision with higher stakes for students and their families—and with thousands of higher education options to choose from, selecting one can be an overwhelming task," added McMahon. "Tools that help consumers navigate the process, evaluate their options effectively, and maximize their Return On Education™ lead to better outcomes for students and schools alike."

In addition to providing resources for students and parents, Unigo offers enrollment marketing and engagement solutions so that admissions and alumni offices can more effectively connect, communicate and inspire action among students past, present and future. With more than 1.6 million subscribers, Unigo Group is a leading provider of online information and matching systems for both prospective students and administrators in the rapidly-changing college admissions marketplace.

About Unigo Group 
To promote, advance and maximize a Return On Education™, Unigo Group ( matches college consumers with universities and the resources needed to attend, to thrive and to graduate.  Our tailored SaaS solutions, targeted web properties, and consumer finance programs fuel a network that each year powers tens of millions of unique interactions between the college consumer and our partners in higher education and commerce.

Unigo Group uses its unique insights and proprietary technologies to provide complete and transparent information that helps higher education consumers choose the right school for their needs and future goals. We improve Return on Education™. From picking a school, to funding your education, to maintaining financial discipline while you build your career, Unigo Group is a trusted and reliable partner.

Unigo Group is a portfolio company of Aequitas Capital Management, Inc. ( Founded in 1993, Aequitas Capital is a diversified financial services company that creates alternative investments including private equity, private credit and specialty finance. The firm leverages its network and team of industry specialists to uncover opportunities in the traditionally underserved sectors of healthcare, education and financial services. Aequitas helps its portfolio companies and strategic partners reach their goals by providing management expertise, technology infrastructure and a network of support services. 

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