New diversity-focused criteria shakes up 2019 Best Colleges list

Sept. 10 (UPI) — New criteria has caused some shake-ups on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges list, with new emphasis given to colleges that graduate low-income and minority students.

The new indicator looks at the graduating rates of students who received Pell Grants, a social mobility indicator. The federal grants typically go to students from families earning less than $50,000 annually.

The new list of 312 schools also decreases the weight given to standardized test scores and eliminates acceptance rates as a factor, giving more weight to outcomes rather than admittance.

“A university is not successful if it does not graduate its students, which is why the Best Colleges rankings place the greatest value on outcomes, including graduation and retention rates,” said Robert Morse,…

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