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Monday, March 26, 2012

St. Thomas Questions U.S. News' Decision to Remove its Ranking Due to Placement Data Error

U.S. News LogoFollowing up on my prior post, University of St. Thomas Reported Inflated Placement Data to U.S. News:  outgoing Dean Tom Mengler has submitted this open letter to Robert Morse, Director of Data Research at U.S. News, questioning the decision to move St. Thomas from its original #119 overall ranking to the list of unranked schools:

I should now be a strong believer in the adage no good deed goes unpunished. We learned last friday through your blog post that your publication placed unIversity of St. Thomas School of Law in the "unranked" category after it immediately self-reported that two submitted data points related to "at graduation employment" were conflicting -- one accurate, one inaccurate. We have some questions about your decision to automatically "unrank" a school. I write to you today to do two things: first, to make two inquiries about your decision, and second, to express my concerns about the impact of your decision on schools' incentives to correct errors promptly.


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Mr. Mengler,

An open request - please convince the people of St. Thomas to sue U.S. News and World Report. If you do, then maybe...just maybe...your school will not be ranked on the "Anziska/Strauss Report". Thanks.

Posted by: None | Mar 26, 2012 10:42:21 AM

"Just because we inflated our employment numbers by 50% over the truth, why should we be punished?"

Posted by: Steve | Mar 26, 2012 11:38:07 AM

St. Thomas (Minneapolis) isn't a target Anziska/Strauss litigation.

Posted by: Kit | Mar 29, 2012 6:25:43 AM