Education Secretary Miguel Cardona recently spoke at a conference hosted by the law schools of Harvard and Yale, where he emphasized the importance of prioritizing equity over rankings in higher education.
He encouraged law schools to recruit and accept more students from diverse backgrounds and stressed the need to abandon the broken ranking system and create a better one that serves everyone.
U.S. News & World Report’s influential ranking system is often considered a measure of educational quality, but critics argue that it serves as more of a measure of privilege.
Cardona highlighted the fact that 60% of Black college students and 50% of Latino students do not graduate, and the rankings “do nothing” to address this issue.
Prioritizing equity and inclusivity is crucial in higher education. Colleges should focus on creating a system that serves everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic background.
Harvard and Yale, along with the University of California, pulled out of the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings in November, citing concerns that the scores are biased against programs that aim to increase socioeconomic diversity, support lower-income students, and encourage public service.
By recruiting and accepting more students from diverse backgrounds and providing support and resources to help them succeed, colleges can create a better future for all students.
It is clear that U.S. News & World Report’s ranking system is flawed and does not accurately represent the quality of education provided by colleges and universities. As Education Secretary Miguel Cardona pointed out, the rankings often serve as a measure of privilege rather than educational quality.