Title

The Equity Rankings: An Alternative Assessment of U.S. Higher Education

Document Type

Report

Publication Date

2020

Publication Title

Hack the Gates: Radically Reimagining Admissions

First page number:

1

Last page number:

13

Abstract

If rankings can get higher education institutions to change their behavior, then why not use “the master’s tools” towards more equitable and just ends? Could a college ranking instead be used to advance the causes of equity and social justice? This brief outlines alternatives to college rankings that are focused less on prestige and more on equity. The idea is simple: College rankings do what they are designed to do. A ranking based on prestige will lead institutions to chase prestige. A ranking based on equitable outcomes may lead institutions to change course and instead pursue democratic and social justice ideals.

Keywords

Higher education institutions; College ranking; Equity and social justice; Prestige ranking; Equitable ranking

Disciplines

Education | Higher Education

Language

English


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