Sens. Chris Coons, D-Delaware; Cory Booker, D-New Jersey; Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii; Kamala Harris, D-California; Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut; and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, sent a letter Dec. 3 urging U.S. News & World Report to further change their methodology for college rankings by more expansively considering a school’s diversity, inclusion and representation.

“U.S. News may claim that it now adequately addresses economic diversity by adjusting its new Pell metrics by the share of the student body receiving such grants. But this adjustment still leaves in the background the question of how widely schools open their doors to such students,” the senators wrote. “Moreover, it fails to consider the importance of diversity, inclusion and representation in its own right. At the schools U.S. News rates most highly, this approach means the heart of the problem remains inadequately considered. Without an exclusive metric assessing the access a college or university provides to historically underrepresented students, deep inequities will continue to be masked.”

The letter is available at