July 26, 2012
55 Year Old CPA With 169 LSAT Sues Baylor Over Admissions Denial, Says His 3.2 GPA Was Earned Before Grade Inflation
Following up on my previous post, Baylor Law School Sends Mass Email With Personal Data on Each of its 442 Admitted Students (Apr. 6, 2012): C. Michael Kamps, a CPA who was denied admission to Baylor Law School, has filed an age discrimination lawsuit agains the school based in part on the improperly released data, claiming that his 169 LSAT was higher than 97% of Baylor's admitted class and that the school failed to take into account the fact that his 3.2 GPA from Texas A&M (Class of 1979) was earned in the days before rampant grade inflation.
- ABA Journal, Suit Claims Baylor Law School Discriminates Against Applicants Whose GPAs Predated Grade Inflation
- Above the Law, Pro Se Filing of the Day: Baylor Law Discriminates Against People Whose GPAs Predate Grade Inflation
- National Law Journal, Baylor's Accidental Doc Dump Provides Grist for Bias Suit
- Tex Parte Blog, Law School Applicant Files Age Discrimination Suit Against Baylor
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And whether or not admitted publicly, admitting someone with a 3.2 from the days when grades weren't useless inflated indicators would mess up those sacred US News rankings. US News, of course, doesn't provide any mechanism to equate GPAs from different eras, because the cost of doing so would wipe out its profits. This is not the only drawback to the use of GPA as a quality indicator, because a 3.95 from MIT is treated the same as a 3.95 from Dingaling College. I doubt that admissions people even consciously evaluated this application. The 3.2 probably caused a computer program to trash the application before a human saw it.
Posted by: Jim Maule | Jul 26, 2012 10:17:15 AM
Ah yes, Dingaling College. I will always fondly remember my days at Dingaling College. I received my B.A., M.A., and PhD in Worthlessness from such fine institution. Here, here, to Dingaling, yes, Dingaling College. (
Yeah, it is a slow day at the office.)
Posted by: Lt. Dangle | Jul 26, 2012 1:46:36 PM
Posted by: Mike | Jul 28, 2012 10:23:28 PM