Friday, August 17, 2012
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Emory University Misrepresented Student Data:
For more than a decade Emory University intentionally misreported data about its students to groups that rank colleges, President Jim Wagner said Friday.
U.S. News & World Report, Peterson's and others routinely list Emory as one of the nation's top colleges. ...
Emory launched an investigation in May after John Latting, the new dean of admissions, discovered data discrepancies. The investigation found that Emory:
- Used admitted students' SAT/ACT data instead of enrolled students since at least 2000. This overstated Emory's test scores.
- May have excluded the scores of the bottom 10% of students when reporting SAT/ACT scores, GPAs, and other information. This practice was not followed after 2004.
- Overstated class rankings.
The investigation found nothing to indicate that anyone in the president's, provost's or dean's offices knew data was being misreported or directed or coerced staff to do so.
Wagner said new internal controls and other steps will be taken to make sure data is reported correctly.
Emory ranks 20th among national universities in the current U.S. News college rankings.
- Emory University, Questions and Answers About Data Reporting
- U.S. News & World Report, Emory University Misreported Admissions Data: "Our preliminary calculations show that the misreported data would not have changed the school's ranking in the past two years (No. 20) and would likely have had a small to negligible effect in the several years prior."
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Will Data Deception Damage Emory?
- Inside Higher Ed, Sorry, Wrong Numbers