Harvard Medical School will no longer participate in US News & World Report’s annual rankings, the school’s dean announced Tuesday, becoming the second Harvard graduate school to boycott the magazine.
The decision follows the withdrawal of top law schools from the magazine’s rankings, including Harvard Law School, in November 2022. In a letter to affiliates, Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley ’82 said he was inspired of “the bold and bold steps of my distinguished colleague Dean John Manning of Harvard Law School and those of peer law schools.”
Daley said the decision to withdraw from the US news rankings was based on fairness and equity concerns and cited incentives to cut aid to students with the greatest financial need.
“Rankings cannot meaningfully reflect the high aspirations for excellence in education, graduate preparation, and compassionate and equitable patient care that we seek to promote in our medical education programs,” Daley wrote. “As unintended consequences, rankings create perverse incentives for institutions to report misleading or inaccurate data, set policies to improve rankings rather than achieve nobler goals, or divert financial assistance from students in financial distress to students with high scores with funds to to maximize the ranking criteria.”
In the most recent US news rankings, HMS was ranked #1 for research. The magazine announced in early January that it would continue ranking law school boycotts with an updated methodology.
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