U.S. lawmakers from both parties sent a letter to U.S. News & World Report asking the magazine to incorporate campus safety measures into its college ranking system.
Their main concern, according to a story from The Huffington Post, is for the rankings to reflect how well colleges handle sexual assault reports. In the letter to the magazine, lawmakers wrote that safety is the first concern for parents when considering an institution for their child.
“Parents and students deserve to know whether these institutions are fulfilling their obligations, and your annual assessment of colleges and universities is one of the primary resources they turn to for determining which institutions to attend,” the letter said. “As you know, your rankings serve as a primary tool for colleges and universities as they assess their performance.”