Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

U.S. News Strips George Washington of its Ranking Due to Cheating

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Following up on last week's post, Rankings Scandal at George Washington:  U.S. News has stripped George Washington University of its #51 ranking in the 2013 national university rankings because of GW's admission that it has been inflating the percentage of its incoming freshman class ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class for at least a decade.  U.S. News instead has placed GW in its listing of unranked schools. (Class rank accounts for 6% in the U.S. News methodology -- in 2012, GW reported that 78% of its incoming freshmen ranked in the Top 10%; the correct figure was 58%.)  Although Emory and Claremont McKenna announced earlier this year that they supplied incorrect data for many years, U.S. News did not strip their rankings.

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From caveat emptor to caveat bastards.

Posted by: cas127 | Nov 18, 2012 3:22:45 PM

And who is going to come and see justice done for the consumer? How can applicants to schools figure out where they stack up and demand scholarships or shop around? Trick question, they cannot. Fraud, reliance, damages. Or you can keep telling us, "let them eat cake" and see where that gets you, America.

Posted by: student | Nov 15, 2012 2:34:56 PM

Say, did they ever show what really happened at Bitter Creek???

Posted by: John Reece | Nov 15, 2012 10:29:19 AM

The CHE article on the initial scandal reads like the school self-reported, and it also looks like the lies were the result of boneheaded fudging for want of hard numbers and not the result of deliberate falsification. I wonder why GW received such disparate punishment. Did the other schools do more to mitigate their conduct, or did GW just have the bad luck of being the straw that broke the camels back for US News?

Posted by: Inquiring Minds | Nov 15, 2012 5:27:06 AM