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January 5, 2013

Yet Another Rankings Fabrication

Scott Jaschik:

Tulane University has admitted that it sent U.S. News & World Report incorrect information about the test scores and total number of applicants for its M.B.A. program.

The admission -- as 2012 closed -- made the university the fourth college or university in that year to admit false reporting of some admissions data used for rankings. In 2011, two law schools and one undergraduate institution were found to have engaged in false reporting of some admissions data.

A statement issued by Tulane said that it discovered the problem when preparing a new set business school data for U.S. News and found that numbers, "including GMAT scores and the number of applications, skewed significantly lower than the previous two years. Since the school's standards and admissions criteria have not changed, this raised a concern that our data from previous years had been misreported."

Posted by Jim Zellmer at January 5, 2013 1:50 AM
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Either schools should not send any information to US News & World for their bogus school comparisons, or it should be fair game to send made up data. Either is okay by me.

If there is any better indication of the poor state of American education it is organizations like US News & World Report, journalists and politicians generate and buy into moronic evaluations and comparisons. It is not as though those involved know what they are talking about.

Posted by: Larry Winkler at January 5, 2013 1:33 PM

I have to admit I was surprised when Emory University, my alma mater, sent me a letter stating they had sent incorrect information to a long list of reporters that create these rankings. However, when I found out that Emory's Dental School had been flunking Jewish students in an effort to dismiss them from the program in the 1950s/60s, I wasn't in the least bit shocked. Higher education isn't any cleaner than politics due to the monied interests involved.

Posted by: david cohen at January 6, 2013 12:43 PM
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