Why ‘U.S. News’ should rank colleges and universities according to diversity: Essay from Dean Gary May #CSforAll
Georgia Tech’s Dean of Engineering Gary May was one of the advisors on “Georgia Computes!” He makes a terrific point in his essay linked below. Want broadened participation in computing (BPC)? CS for All? Make diversity count — and rankings are what “counts” in higher education today.
U.S. News & World Report, that heavyweight of the college rankings game, recently hosted a conference focused partially on diversity in higher education. I did an interview for the publication prior to the forum and spoke on a panel at the event.I was happy to do it. As dean of one of the country’s most diverse engineering schools, I am particularly invested in these issues. My panel focused on how to help women and underrepresented minority students succeed in STEM fields, and I’m grateful to U.S. News for leading the discussion.But the publication, for all its noble intentions, could do more to follow through where it counts. Diversity is currently given no weight in the magazine’s primary university and disciplinary rankings, and it’s time for that to change. As U.S. News goes, so goes higher education.