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Friday, September 30, 2011

U.S. News Won't Redo Rankings Despite Illinois Reporting False LSAT/GPA Data

U.S. News Logo Following up on Wednesday's post, Illinois Reported Inflated LSAT, GPA Medians for Past Four Years: ABA Journal, US News Won’t Recalibrate Law School Rankings Despite Word of More U of Illinois Data Errors:

News of additional errors in some LSAT and GPA data published in recent years by the University of Illinois isn't going to make any difference in U.S. News & World Report's annual law school rankings for those years.

For one thing, it appears that the erroneous information may have been statistically insignificant, as far as the rankings are concerned, Robert Morse, the magazine's director of data research, tells the ABA Journal. Plus, it's necessary to have finality at this point, he says. ...

At this point, Morse sees no need for U.S. News to change its procedures. But, he says, if any change is needed, the ABA is in the better position to audit, spot-check or otherwise review the accuracy of the information provided by the law schools it accredits. The question for the ABA, he suggests, is "Do they feel these [data reporting errors] are serious enough … that they need to take more steps than they’re taking now to ensure data integrity?”

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