Monday, September 19, 2011
Following up on my prior post, Did Illinois Inflate LSAT (168), GPA (3.81) Medians to Goose U.S. News Ranking?
: Illinois today dropped this bombshell
The accurate, independently verified data for the class of 2014’s Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores and grade point averages (GPA) are as follows: median LSAT, 163; median GPA, 3.70. Information originally posted on the College of Law website last month inaccurately listed the median LSAT score as 168 and the median GPA as 3.81.
From the press release:
After the inaccurate information had been posted it was brought to the attention of the University Ethics Office, which promptly verified the credibility of the report. The data were withdrawn from the college’s website and University leadership directed the Office of University Counsel to immediately launch an inquiry with the assistance of outside legal counsel, the law firm Jones Day, and independent data analyst Duff & Phelps.
The erroneous information for the class of 2014 had not been reported to the American Bar Association (ABA), the accrediting institution for law schools, or to organizations that rank colleges. As part of its inquiry, the University self-reported the matter to the ABA and has kept it informed about the situation.
"The University of Illinois College of Law sincerely regrets the inaccuracy of our previous posting, and the confusion and concern that this matter has caused," said Richard Wheeler, provost of the Urbana-Champaign campus. "This University places the highest priority on accuracy and integrity. All data and any causes of error will be reviewed rigorously and comprehensively, with appropriate action taken. We will share the outcome of our inquiry into this matter as soon as it is thoroughly addressed."