Gender Fair College Ratings
For this new generation of students, choosing the best college is not just about size, location or future earnings. Many want to know if the college is fair and safe: what policies and protections are in place when it comes to sexual assault or how diverse is the student body? As for staff, what percentage of instructors are female and are they paid the same as their male counterparts? Today’s conscientious students want to know if their first-choice school is fostering gender equity and campus safety.
Unfortunately, despite Title IX and women constituting almost 60% of the post-secondary student population in America, women student, athlete, or staff face significant barriers to leadership positions, high-paying jobs, sports funding, tenure, parental leave policies, and adequate sexual assault services.
Despite all the college rankings and data, these gendered issues are not being covered. Gender Fair’s ratings provide convenient visibility into how colleges measure up on social issues so you can make an informed choice and feel confident come orientation day. Browse Gender Fair’s data on nearly 400 schools, get insights into the demographic makeup of faculty, employee policies, diversity, sexual harassment prevention, and more.
We would like to thank Wellesley College Hive Internship Projects Program for providing the researchers for this project and EDGE in Tech Initiative at the University of California Berkeley as well as some of the students: Michelle Boulos, Abigail Frankel, Caroline Jung, Fatima Khan, Sara Kopunova, Sanjana Kotha, Divya Kunisetty, Clara Leach, Maimoonah Shafqat et alia.
Don’t see your school’s rating? You can participate in the project by researching your own school which takes an hour. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you instructions. Or tell us what else you’d like to see measured.
METHODOLOGY:** To narrow down the dataset, we used US NEWS’s /Princeton Review’s list of Top Colleges and added other well known schools and will add more in future. Send us suggestions at the address above.
We modified Gender Fair’s metrics (which are based on UN Women’s Women Empowerment Principles) in consultation with students from University of California at Berkeley and Wellesley who decided to include more factors. The weighting is also based on Gender Fair’s original version but modified with student collaboration and can be modified in future.
Data on percentages of women professors was accessed via US Department of Education: https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds
Scoring of professors is based on whether the percentage is above current averages.
Numeric scores show green when above the average in this dataset and red when below.
To encourage transparency, if schools do not publish information on parental leave,pay studies, consent diversity etc, they receive zero points for that metric. When information is not available, it is marked “not found”.