Wheaton in top 10 for gender equality, top 25 for reduced inequalities

Times higher Education ranking graphicTimes Higher Education Impact Ranking underscores college’s founding principle of addressing inequities

Wheaton is among the top 10 colleges and universities in the U.S. for gender equality and the top 25 for reduced inequalities, according to the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings released on Wednesday, April 27.

The 2022 Impact Rankings, in its fourth edition, includes 1,406 universities from 106 countries and regions, and are based on comparison across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.

The rankings evaluate colleges and universities on their success in delivering on the United Nations (U.N.) 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which include no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, and quality education.

The U.N. gender equality goal seeks to encourage female equality in the workplace, eradicating harmful practices targeted at women and ending gender-based discrimination.

The gender equality ranking focuses on institutions’ research on the study of gender equality, policies on gender equality, and commitment to recruiting and promoting women, according to the Times Higher Education website.

Wheaton College’s commitment to gender equality is rooted in its founding in 1834 as a higher education institution for women. The work related to equity, accessibility, belonging, inclusion and social justice is ongoing and ever-evolving.

The Wheaton curriculum emphasizes many of the key issues addressed in the U.N. goals, integrating the study of race and ethnicity and its intersections with gender, class, sexuality, religion and technology in the U.S. and globally across all disciplines.

The Times Higher Education reduced inequalities ranking measures universities’ research on social inequalities, their policies on discrimination and their commitment to recruiting staff and students from underrepresented groups.

In 2021, Wheaton College was recognized as one of the top 15 schools in the United States for gender equality and among the top 25 schools in the U.S. for reducing inequities by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.