NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Public experts have flunked several Tri-State area colleges for keeping their communities in the dark on their coronavirus cases.
The group giving out he grades, which publishes the ratings on WeRateCOVIDDashboards.com, says the grades are about transparency. They say they want to ensure all colleges are adhering to the best practices.
Co-founder and Yale University professor Dr. Howard Forman says the rating format is based on a number of factors and doesn’t criticize college campuses for having a higher number of cases than another.
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“Whether they represent their strategy for testing, whether they have a dashboard at all, whether it's easy to read,” he explains of the rating system. “Things like community impact or even what the community looks like at a given point and time, and how it's trending.”
Forman says they have seen a mixed bag of good and bad colleges and some institutions have reached out to ask for more feedback, and for ways to improve.
“What I've noticed is not so much that institutions are upset with our grades, most institutions looked at it and they're like, ‘This is helpful,’” Forman said.
Some colleges that received a failing grade include Long Island University and Princeton University. While the website gives Fordham University a failing grade and states that it does not have a dashboard, a spokesperson for the school said the report is erroneous. Fordham has a COVID tracker that has been widely shared in university emails and on social media.
Stony Brook University earned an A, as did Colgate, Vassar, Cornell, Brown and Harvard.
The entire SUNY system got a B+, as did Ithaca, Columbia and NYU. The CUNY system has yet to be rated.
The University of Rochester was the only institution to receive a D+ rating.