Stony Brook University is among the top 100 universities in the world for reducing inequalities in higher education based on the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020 — ranking #1 among all U.S. institutions and #27 worldwide. The Impact Rankings show which universities are successfully reducing inequalities in higher education for first generation students or students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
The ranking is based on how universities around the world are committing to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a global call to action to tackle poverty, climate change and inequality. SDG 10 covers reducing inequalities.
According to Times Higher Education, some of the metrics that helped to measure which universities were excelling at reducing inequalities were:
- The number of first generation students
- The number of students from developing countries
- The proportion of students and staff with disabilities
- The measures against discrimination
- The amount of research a university undertakes on reduced inequalities